June 12, 1998 |
A big momentum swing in Detroit's 5-4 overtime victory over Washington on Thursday night occurred with the score 1-0 early in the second period. After a solid first period, the Red Wings lost the lead and control of the game when goaltender Chris Osgood elected not to play the puck because he thought referee Don Koharski would call Washington for icing.
June 14, 1998 |
With one brilliant play Saturday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, Detroit center Sergei Fedorov demonstrated the skills that made him the Red Wings' $38-million man. Fedorov, who had not scored a point in the first two games of the series, took the life out the Washington Capitals with a goal at 15:09 of the third period that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,740 at MCI Center.
June 11, 1998 |
Maybe it's because Detroit and Washington have so many old-school veterans with common ties, or maybe the Red Wings and Capitals have just been too worn down by the long season, but this year's Stanley Cup finals may well be a showcase of "nice hockey". The way the teams made sure not to give up any bulletin-board material a day after the Red Wings' 2-1 victory in Game 1, you would have thought the best-of-seven series had turned into a lovefest. No put-downs or insults.
June 10, 1998 |
Detroit Coach Scotty Bowman may have gained his 29th Stanley Cup finals victory with the Red Wings' 2-1 win over Washington on Tuesday night but he didn't feel too good about his coaching. "I didn't think I had a good game myself as a coach," said Bowman, who moved three victories away from tying Toe Blake for the most Stanley Cups won by a coach with eight. "We were mixed up in the first half of the game and we had too many different line combinations and I have to do a better job on that."
June 16, 1998 |
Time was running down in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings were on the ropes. They trailed Washington by two goals six minutes into the third period, and the Capitals were looking for more with a man advantage. Veteran Steve Yzerman, Detroit's captain since he was 21, knew that if his team didn't begin a rally, the Red Wings would lose home-ice advantage and find themselves tied at 1-1 with the Capitals in their best-of-seven series.
June 9, 1998 |
Before the start of any hockey playoff series, goaltending is regarded as the deciding factor for each team's success, and this year's NHL Stanley Cup finals is no different. Detroit's Chris Osgood and Washington's Olaf Kolzig are well aware of the pressure they will be under when the Red Wings and Capitals begin their best-of-seven series tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Just don't expect either of them to crumble, not after what both have gone through to reach this point.
October 8, 1998 |
Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Terry Sawchuk never did what Steve Yzerman, Darren McCarty, Nicklas Lidstrom and the rest of the Detroit Red Wings can accomplish this season. Only the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup three or more years in a row, and no one has done it since the Islanders won four consecutive Cups from 1980 through 1983.
October 23, 1998 |
Saying he wouldn't know how to fill his evenings if he weren't coaching, Scotty Bowman will stand behind the bench of the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings tonight for the first time since he underwent knee replacement surgery and angioplasty last summer. "It's something I've always done. I guess I'm fearful of the alternative, of what I'd do if I didn't coach," said Bowman, whose eight Cup coaching triumphs tie him with Toe Blake for the NHL record.
May 8, 1998 |
Montreal left wing Brian Savage must be an optimist. In analyzing the Canadiens' Eastern Conference semifinal against the Buffalo Sabres, which begins tonight at Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena, Savage wasn't discouraged by thoughts of goaltender Dominik Hasek's exploits in leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. Nor was Savage daunted by Hasek's 2.09 goals-against average and league-leading 13 shutouts and .932 save percentage.