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News from April 1999

4\29 (From the Detroit News) Tuesday's victory was Chris Osgood's 31st in his playoff career, 
moving him past Mike Vernon into second place on the Wings' career list. Terry Sawchuk (47) 
leads the list. 

4\28  The Wings advance to the second round after completing the sweep 3-0. Scoring were
Holmstrom, Shanahan, and Kozlov. Next up: well, I don't know yet. Either Colorado, St. Louis,
or Phoenix.

4\27  Paul Kariya is out for the remainder of the season with a broken foot. He blocked a 
Lidstrom shot with the foot in the 3rd period of game 3.

4\26  Ducks left winger Stu Grimson has been suspended one game for cross-checking Kris Draper
in the face.

4\25  After figuring out that keeping Anaheim's power play unit off the ice keeps them from 
scoring, the Wings shut down the Ducks 4-2. Scoring were Fedorov, Holmstrom, Yzerman, and 
Kozlov. Wings lead the series 3-0. Next up: at Anaheim on Tuesday for game 4. 

4\23 Brendan Shanahan opened the flood gates 60 seconds into the game to lead the Wings to a 
5-1 win over Anaheim. Scoring were Shanahan(2), Brown, Yzerman, and Holmstrom. Wings lead the 
series 2-0. Next up: at Anaheim on Sunday for game 3.

4\22 The Wings smack the Ducks 5-3 led by a Steve Yzerman hat trick. Scoring were Yzerman(3), 
Clark, and Brown. Wings lead the series 1-0. Next up: Game 2 on Friday night at the Joe. Joe
Kocur is going to have surgery on his gut and is done for the year. 

4\18 The Wings lose at Chicago 2-3 in the final game of the regular season. Scoring were Brown 
and Maltby. Next up: Anaheim at the Joe on Wednesday night in game one. 

Regular season wrap up:

Team leaders:
Goals - Brendan Shanahan 31
Assists - Igor Larionov 49
Points - Steve Yzerman 74
PP Goals - Steve Yzerman 13 
Game winning goals - Brendan Shanahan 5
Plus\Minus - Larry Murphy +21
Penalty minutes - Martin LaPointe 141
Hits - Darren McCarty 215
Ice time per game - Nicklas Lidstrom 26.52 minutes\game
Goals Against - Norm Maracle .918 in 16 games  
Goalie wins - Chris Osgood, 34-24-4

Overall - 43-32-7, 93 points
Home - 27-12-2
Road - 16-20-5
Finished 1st in the Central Division, 3rd in the Western Conference.

  Tomas Holmstrom was the only Red Wing to play all 82 games. Nicklas Lidstrom played the first 
81 but was held out of Saturday's game. And finally, with Wayne Gretzky's retirement, Larry 
Murphy will begin next season as the active leader in games played (1,477).

4\17 The Wings will play the Ducks in round one of the playoffs, beginning Wednesday. Look for 
many veterans to be scratched tonight at Chicago, including Lidstrom, Murphy, Larionov, and 
Yzerman. Wayne Gretzky will play in his final game tomarrow. Thank you Wayne for all you've done
for the game....and that game 7 winning goal over Toronto. I can't think of anyone who deserves
all of Gordie's records besides you.

4\14 The Wings beat Nashville 4-2. Scoring was Dandenault, Fedorov, Kozlov, and Gilchrist. The 
game was highlighted by the size of Detroit's scratch list. Got to rest those old timers before
the playoffs begin ya know. Next up: at Chicago on Saturday night. 

4\12 The Wings have secured the #3 seed for the playoffs, and will face either Anaheim, San Jose,
or St. Louis in the first round. Since the 3 seed is now in stone, look for veterans such as 
Lidstrom, Murphy, Larionov, and Yzerman to rest up, with the youngsters filling in.

4\11 The game was meaningless for Detroit, and that's just how they played it, as the Pens come
to the Joe and skate away with a3-0 win. Scoring was nobody, but I'm going to give Fedorov and 
Samuelsson points anyway for picking on Mathiew Barnaby, who in my opinion could be Claude 
Lemieux's little brother. Next up: Nashville at the Joe on Wednesday.

4\10 The Wings and Blues skate to a 1-1 tie. Ulf Samuelsson made his Red Wing debut. Scoring 
was Fedorov. Next up: Pittsburgh at the Joe on Sunday.

4\9 Chris Chelios won't play tonight in St. Louis. He has a minor groin pull, and will likely 
miss a few games. McCarty and Kocur also stayed behind in Detroit, but are listed as day to day.

4\8 Make it 8 straight, as the winged ones pummel the Canucks 6-1. Scoring were Holmstrom, 
Kozlov, Yzerman (2), Fedorov, and Shanahan. This win clinches the Central Division title. 
Joe Kocur and Darren McCarty rested sore body parts and did not play. Also, Ulf Samuelsson and
Brent Gilchrist may both return for Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh. Next up: at St. Louis on
Friday night.

4\6 The streak is extended to a season high of 7 wins as the Wings plug the Ducks 3-2. Scoring 
were Lidstrom, Shanahan, and Yzerman. Brendan Shanahan (charley horse) and Darren McCarty (groin) 
both returned. Next up: Vancouver on Wednesday night at the Joe.

4\4 The Wings play stingy defense and Chris Osgood makes some spectacular saves to record his 
23rd career shut out as the Wings blank the Stars 3-0. Scoring were Maltby, Clark, and 
Holmstrom. Brendan Shanahan and Igor Larionov sat out to rest bumps and bruises. Next up: 
tomarrow night vs. Anaheim at the Joe.

4\2 It's fight night at the Joe as 6 fighting majors and 5 roughing penalties are whistled. 
After the dust settled, the Wings beat the Blackhawks 5-3. Scoring were Kozlov, Clark, Murphy, 
LaPointe, and Shanahan. Next up: at Dallas on Sunday afternoon, it outta be a dandy.

4\1 The Wings hold off the Kings 2-1. Scoring were Fedorov and Gill. Next up: Chicago on Friday.
Chris Osgood moved into second place all-time for Red Wing goalie wins with 164. Terry Sawchuk 
holds the record at 352 wins. Yesterday's game was the 4900th in franchise history.

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