Red Wings: Detroit "Dom"inates Chicago with Season-Ending Win

The Captain -Brian KatesSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2008


The Detroit Red Wings "Dom"inated the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday afternoon, with a 4-1 victory as they enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The win gave Detroit a 115 point total for the 2007-'08 campaign.

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice on two power-play goals in the second and third periods giving him 70 points for the season (10 goals, 60 assists) and a plus/minus +40. Where does he stand vs. the rest of the NHL?

Lidstrom ends another banner year second in plus/minus behind teammate, Pavel Datsyuk, and fifth in assists. But he wasn't the only star of the afternoon. Dominik Hasek turned in one of his better performances of the season, sometimes standing on his head to do it.

Holding a 1-0 lead in the second period, leading rookie scorer Patrick Kane, of Chicago, tipped the puck on net. Hasek caught it with his arm and while sprawling on his back, trapped the puck in his catching glove just before it crossed the goal line.

For those who had begun to count him out because of his age, just watch the highlight reel. He challenged Chicago's offense every chance he got, sometimes thwarting plays near Detroit's blue line. Hasek frustrated the Blackhawks all afternoon.

But that does not end the star list for the finale game.

Jiri Hudler and Mark Hartigan also scored goals for the Red Wings. Hudler gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the first period on a feed from Darren McCarty and Hartigan's goal came in the third period, unassisted, off of a bad clearing pass from Chicago's goaltender, Nikolai Khabibulin. That left the net wide open for an almost easy score.

Chicago's loan goal came late in the third period on a power-play goal by Kane, assisted by Patrick Sharp and former Red Winger Jason Williams.

Now, Detroit heads to Lord Stanley's Playoffs against the Nashville Predators. The Thursday night game will be held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Hasek, who has won his last four of five games, will start for the Red Wings in goal. Detroit fans are hoping that, once again, he "Dom"inates.