Red Wings get Offensive Win over Flames


Detroit, Michigan (AP) - In a thrilling match at the Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings triumphed over the Calgary Flames with a healthy 7-4 victory. The Red Wings outshot the Flames 36-22, displaying an rarely seen (at least this year) aggressive offense – which did overshadow some questionable defensive and goaltending efforts in Detroit as 4 goals were allowed on 22 shots allowed. 3rd liner Randy Gilhen was the standout star of the night, recording a hat trick and leading the Wings in the win.


The first period saw the Red Wings quickly establishing dominance, with Brian Bellows scoring unassisted just 1 minute into the game, followed by Randy Gilhen's first goal of the night at and quickly it was 2-0 Detroit less than five minutes into the game. The Flames' Graves responding with a goal just a minute late and would tie things up in the early stages of the 2nd period. In the second period, both teams traded goals, with Arvedson scoring for the Flames and Young and Gilhen netting power-play goals for the Red Wings. Berezan kept the Flames within striking distance with a power-play goal of his own, ending the period at 4-3. However, the Red Wings pulled away in the final period with three more goals, but not before Berezan tied the game early into the period on yet another power play opportunity. The Red Wings’ goaltender, John Vanbiesbrouck, ran his record to 27-17-5 despite the fairly lackluster performance.


The win was an important one for Detroit to try to keep afloat their hopes for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs and avoid the likes of the Jets, North Stars and Rockies at the top of the conference. Detroit will get a rest tomorrow before flying out to Calgary to face the 16-51-3 Flames in a rematch of last night’s game, before they’re off to the 46-17-8 North Stars to wrap up the quick road trip.