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May 3, 2004
 
Detroit:  0
Calgary:  1
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Flame flickers in OT as Wings' season ends

May 4, 2004

BY NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

CALGARY, Alberta -- There will be no encore, no Stanley Cup to go with the ones the Red Wings won in 1997, '98 and 2002. Not this year.

Martin Gelinas knocked a loose puck out of the crease and into the net with 46.9 seconds left in overtime Monday night, lifting the Flames to a 1-0 victory. They eliminated the Wings from the second round in six games.

"They had more skill, but we worked extremely hard, and it paid off," Gelinas said. "Everybody's been chipping in at different times, and it's been fun."

The Wings scored 255 goals in the regular season, second-most in the NHL. But despite all their high-profile, high-priced talent, they couldn't muster a single one in almost 140 minutes of hockey. Their last goal of the series came with 24 seconds left in Game 4, when Henrik Zetterberg scored an empty-net goal.

Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 38 saves in his second straight shutout. Detroit's Curtis Joseph had 43 saves.

The teams traded chances in the opening minutes of the game. Then the Wings survived a couple of close calls.

Joseph allowed a big rebound on a long shot about 7 1/2 minutes into the first period. Defenseman Derian Hatcher bent down and tried to glove the puck, but he missed it. Craig Conroy nearly capitalized.

Detroit defenseman Mathieu Dandenault left the game about 10:12 after teammate Brendan Shanahan clipped him in the left side of the face with a skate. He had to be stitched up and didn't return until midway through the second period.

Forward Kirk Maltby took a penalty to prevent a Calgary goal at 11:42 of the first. With Joseph out of position, Gelinas carried the puck out from behind the net and threw it in front. Maltby was pushed by Jarome Iginla, but he embellished it and knocked the net off its moorings -- just before Iginla got the puck and put it across the goal line. Maltby went off for delay of game as Flames fans booed.

The Wings killed the penalty, then another shortly afterward. Joseph's best save came about 14:38. He stopped the initial shot with his left pad, then got his right pad on an Iginla rebound shot.

Hatcher dropped Matthew Lombardi with an elbow about 15:57. No penalty was called, and the fans howled. They chanted, "Hatcher sucks!" They booed every time he touched the puck afterward.

The Wings failed to score on a power play that overlapped the end of the first and the beginning of the second periods.

The Flames came close to scoring again 3:27 into the second. Kiprusoff threw the puck ahead to Conroy, who threw it up to Gelinas, who backhanded it past Joseph and off the left post.

The Wings failed to score on another power play midway through the period. Shanahan fired a pass in front for Tomas Holmstrom, who was alone. But it was too hot for Holmstrom to handle, and he didn't get off a shot. Kiprusoff stopped a Nicklas Lidstrom point shot through a tough Holmstrom screen.

The Wings killed a penalty early in the third, but not without drama. A shot deflected off Andrew Ference down low and went right into Joseph. Iginla fired a shot from the right wing on a rush. Joseph stopped it, but Lidstrom had to haul down Gelinas to keep him from the rebound at 10:51. Again, the Flames went on the power play.

The fans stood and cheered. Boxes suspended above the ice spewed flames toward the rafters. But the Wings killed the penalty.

The last five minutes of regulation were wide open. Both teams had good chances. With 4:53 to go, Iginla had one. With 4:13 to go, Wings center Kris Draper fired a shot that eluded Kiprusoff but trickled a few inches wide of the right post.

After outshooting the Flames in the first 40 minutes, 22-20, the Wings were outshot in the third, 13-4.

Holmstrom almost ended it 4:05 into overtime. He chipped a rebound. Kiprusoff dove back, stretched out his goal stick and covered up the puck.

Chris Clark fired the puck off Joseph's mask at about 9:48. Joseph had to go to the bench after the next whistle to have his mask adjusted.