Kariya, Selanne quiet
Shanahan shines as Red Wings smother Ducks 5-1
Posted: Tuesday May 04, 1999 01:11 PM
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit coach Scotty Bowman describes Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne as the best 1-2 punch in the NHL in more than 20 years, yet so far they've been no match for the flurry the Red Wings have thrown at the Anaheim Ducks.
On Friday night it was Brendan Shanahan providing the knockout punch, with two goals and an assist as the Red Wings defeated the Ducks 5-1. Shanahan scored a minute into the game to quickly put the Ducks on their heels.
"That put the big train in the right direction," Detroit defenseman Ulf Samuelsson said.
The Red Wings, who swept the first two games of only one series last season en route to their second straight Stanley Cup, head to Anaheim with a 2-0 series lead entering Sunday's game.
Detroit defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios continued to counter Selanne and Kariya, as Bowman again matched them against the second and third leading scorers in the league. Lidstrom and Chelios held them to even fewer chances Friday night, but Selanne managed to score his second goal of the series at 9:11 of the third on a power play to end Chris Osgood's shutout bid.
Kariya said it was simply a matter of the Ducks being outworked and outhustled.
"We're certainly not the more talented team in this series, so if we let them outwork us, they'll just kill us," he said.
The Red Wings were 3 of 9 on the power play while the Ducks, who had the top power-play unit in the league this season with a 25.5 percent success rate, were 1 of 4.
Kariya said the power-play advantage for the Red Wings was the result of being outworked.
"A lot of those penalties came from a lack of effort. When you're getting beat all the time, you've got to do things like trip and hold," he said.
The key for the Red Wings was that so many got involved in the scoring, Shanahan said.
"We've got such depth that when one guy is struggling to find the net, other guys pick him up," he said. "There's a new guy that's the story every night. That's the most important thing we've had the past two years in the playoffs. It would be a shame to have it focused on one or two guys."
The game was not as hard hitting as Game 1, when the Red Wings checked and whacked their way to a 5-3 win. Instead, the Red Wings used a suffocating defense and an opportune offense to take control.
"Detroit was even better tonight," Ducks coach Craig Hartsburg said. "I didn't think that was going to be possible."
Detroit took control from the outset, scoring just one minute in. Playing against the line of Kariya, Selanne and Steve Rucchin, Yzerman picked up the puck in the right corner in the Ducks' end and cycled it back to Fedorov. Fedorov, who usually plays on a different line, skated it behind the net, drew two Ducks toward him and passed it across in front to the wide-open Shanahan.
Shanahan made it 2-0 at 10:14 with a power-play goal on a slap shot from the top of the left circle past a partially screened Guy Hebert.
"I don't know how any goalie could have stopped that," Detroit associate coach Dave Lewis said. "He's got a cannon."
Shanahan set up the third goal at 13:43, driving toward the net with the puck. Matt Cullen was able to knock the puck free, but it went straight to Holmstrom in front and he beat Hebert.
"It was like a bomb ticking," Shanahan said of his drive to the net. "With each deke I thought, 'I'm running out of luck here.' And it turns out someone did whack it off my stick. That wasn't a pass. That was a lost puck."
The three points in the first period by Shanahan matched a team record, set by five Red Wings previously.
Selanne and Kariya were even less effective than they were in Game 1. Selanne, who had only two shots on Wednesday, scoring on one, got five on Friday, but only two were dangerous, both in the third period on the power play long after the game had been decided. Kariya, who led the league this season with 429 shots and had a goal and two assists on Wednesday, had only one shot Friday.
"When you're stuck in your own zone for the whole game it's awfully hard to play much offense," Kariya said.
The Ducks let their frustration show at 6:13 of the third period when Anaheim's Stu Grimson went after Chelios. Grimson got 6 minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, while Chelios and Darren McCarty, who came to Chelios' aid, each got roughing minors.
"Chris played exactly like you expect him to play. He's combative and a great competitor," Kariya said.
Selanne said the Ducks need to find some solutions fast.
"We were awful. We better learn from our mistakes pretty quickly if we want to get back in this series," he said. "They played hard and played well and we didn't. With that talent on that team, if they play well and we play badly it's all over."
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