Nicklas Lidstrom scored his second goal of the game with 49.1 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Lidstrom scored a go-ahead goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings in the second period after teammate and fellow Swede Johan Franzen tied it in the first following their first deficit of the playoffs. Lidstrom earned an assist on Franzen's goal.
Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks, who hoisted the Cup in 2007.
Game 2 is Sunday in Detroit.
CANUCKS 5, BLACKHAWKS 3: Kyle Wellwood had two assists, drew five power plays, lost one tooth and chipped another, but his biggest play in Vancouver's series-opening victory over visiting Chicago didn't show up on the score sheet.
He made the pass that started a 4-on-1 rush, and defenseman Sami Salo finished the play by banging in a rebound with 1:13 remaining, putting the Canucks back ahead after they blew a three-goal lead.
RUSSIAN TEAM SIGNS PANTHERS' ZEDNIK: Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik is leaving the NHL to join the Russian league. Lokomotiv of the KHL said it has signed Zednik to a two-year deal.
LAFLEUR COULD BE SENT TO JAIL: Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur has been convicted of giving contradictory evidence at his son's bail hearing and could spend time in jail.
The verdict was handed down in Montreal by Quebec court Judge Claude Parent on Friday. The former Montreal Canadiens star will be sentenced next month.
The Crown is asking that Lafleur be given a conditional sentence; the defense is seeking a fine. Lafleur faces a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.
JACK ADAMS FINALISTS REVEALED: The San Jose Sharks' Todd McLellan, Boston Bruins' Claude Julien and St. Louis Blues' Andy Murray are finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach, the league announced Friday.
RED WINGS 3, DUCKS 2
Anaheim110 -- 2
Detroit111 -- 3
First: 1, Anaheim, Perry 4 (Getzlaf, Pronger), 7:28. 2, Detroit, Franzen 3 (Lidstrom, Osgood), 12:33 (pp). Penalties--Hudler, Det (elbowing), 8:00; Brown, Ana, major-game misconduct (interference -), 11:29.
Second: 3, Detroit, Lidstrom 2 (Stuart, Datsyuk), 14:24 (pp). 4, Anaheim, Selanne 2 (Getzlaf, Pronger), 19:43 (pp). Penalties--Perry, Ana, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 4:12; Ericsson, Det, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 4:12; Holmstrom, Det (goaltender interference), 10:09; Beauchemin, Ana (tripping), 13:18; Parros, Ana (delay of game), 18:10; Holmstrom, Det (interference), 18:51; Franzen, Det (tripping), 19:07.
Third: 5, Detroit, Lidstrom 3 (Cleary, Zetterberg), 19:10. Penalties--Marchant, Ana (tripping), 2:25; Wisniewski, Ana (hooking), 7:19.
Shots on goal: Anaheim 8-9-7--24. Detroit 9-10-18--37. Power-play opportunities: Anaheim 1 of 3; Detroit 2 of 6. Goalies: Anaheim, Hiller 4-3-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Detroit, Osgood 5-0-0 (24-22). Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Marc Joannette. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Jay Sharrers.
CANUCKS 5, BLACKHAWKS 3
Chicago003 -- 3
Vancouver122 -- 5
First: 1, Vancouver, Demitra 1 (Sundin, Wellwood), 15:22 (pp). Penalties--Rypien, Van (boarding), 2:02; Toews, Chi (hooking), 6:17; Ladd, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 10:26; Keith, Chi (tripping), 14:36.
Second: 2, Vancouver, H.Sedin 2 (D.Sedin, Bernier), 5:13. 3, Vancouver, Kesler 1 (Wellwood, Edler), 15:23. Penalties--Eager, Chi (roughing), 6:22; Mitchell, Van (high-sticking), 11:15; Kane, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 16:03.
Third: 4, Chicago, Kane 3 (Havlat, Keith), 1:01. 5, Chicago, Kane 4 (Seabrook, Versteeg), 10:11 (pp). 6, Chicago, Bolland 1 (Keith, Eager), 14:31. 7, Vancouver, Salo 2 (Bernier, Raymond), 18:47. 8, Vancouver, R.Johnson 1 (Burrows), 19:44 (en). Penalties--Hordichuk, Van (roughing), 9:26.
Shots on goal: Chicago 10-8-13--31. Vancouver 8-8-11--27. Power-play opportunities: Chicago 1 of 3; Vancouver 1 of 7. Goalies: Chicago, Khabibulin 4-3-0 (26 shots-22 saves). Vancouver, Luongo 5-0-0 (31-28). Referees: Bill McCreary, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Steve Miller.
Alexander Semin Washington75
Eric Staal, Carolina75
Phil Kessel, Boston44
Michael Ryder, Boston44
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh64
Patrick Kane, Chicago64
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh64
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim64
R.J. Umberger, Columbus43
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit43
Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver53
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia63
Jarome Iginla, Calgary63
David Moss, Calgary63
Corey Perry, Anaheim63
Cam Barker, Chicago73
Martin Havlat, Chicago73
Jussi Jokinen, Carolina73
Alex Ovechkin, Washington73
Zach Parise, New Jersey73
Patrick Sharp, Chicago73
Ray Whitney, Carolina73
Brad Boyes, St Louis42
Daniel Cleary, Detroit42
Johan Franzen, Detroit42
Christopher Higgins, Montreal42
Tomas Holmstrom, Detroit42
Marian Hossa, Detroit42
Jiri Hudler, Detroit42
Chuck Kobasew, Boston42
Alexei Kovalev, Montreal42
David Krejci, Boston42
J, Langenbrunner, New Jersey42
Sami Salo, Vancouver42
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