Yzerman deliver

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

 DETROIT -- There are countless delivery men employed by Mike Ilitch.

 The man owns the Little Caesars pizza chain, not just the Detroit Red Wings.

 None in the stable have the act down pat as well as Steve Yzerman.

 Needing a victory to deny the Calgary Flames a stunning sweep in Motown, the Wings captain proved he still has what it takes to be Stevie Wonderful.

 Yzerman tallied twice in the second period to break open yesterday's matinee before 20,066 at Joe Louis Arena and paced his squad to a 5-2 thumping of the Flames in the second game of their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.

 "It's nice to see the puck finally going in the net," said Yzerman, who's fired 70 biscuits by opposing netminders in his illustrious playoff career. "It's amazing how much energy you have after scoring goals."

 Prior to Yzerman's back-to-back tallies just over two minutes apart, energy wasn't a problem for the Red Wings.

 It was beating Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

 Following the same script in the series-opener -- which the Flames won 2-1 in overtime -- the clubs skated through a scoreless first period despite the fact Detroit held a huge edge in play to go with a 15-3 edge in shots.

 However, Tomas Holmstrom broke the deadlock with an early second-period powerplay tally before Yzerman's goals, the first coming one second after the Wings had killed a penalty, put it away for good.

 After being denied on all but one of their first 48 shots on goal in the series, the Wings scored three times on five shots.

 "The most important thing about today was the victory, the second most important was the timing of the goals," said Wings head coach Dave Lewis.

 The series now heads to Calgary for games on Tuesday and Thursday.

 While one captain was the offensive force, the same can't be said for the other.

 Calgary's Jarome Iginla -- checked closely by defencemen Chris Chelios and Derian Hatcher -- was held without a shot and failed to register a point for the second straight game.

 "Two shots in two games, don't you think that's enough offensively? I don't," said Iginla, whose only entry on the scoresheet was a late fight with Hatcher. "I'm not getting it done and our line is not getting it done."

 GM/head coach Darryl Sutter opted not to whip his on-ice leader, something of a departure from the usual.

 "You don't expect Jarome to score every game, do you? That's totally unfair," Sutter snapped when asked to grade Iginla's performance. "The reason why we got here is because we have 13 guys scoring goals for our team."

 With those honours were Shean Donovan, whose late second-period goal made it a 3-1 game, and Chuck Kobasew in the dying seconds.

 Those goals sandwiched a pair of five-on-three goals from Brett Hull and Nicklas Lidstrom.

 Hull's was No. 103 of his career and Lidstrom's capped a four-point outing.

 If being overmatched from the drop of the puck wasn't enough, Calgary's fortunes took a serious turn for the worse late in the first period when Rhett Warrener was accidentally clipped near the eye by Yzerman's stick.Warrener returned to the bench in the final minutes after going to hospital for tests but didn't take another shift.

 Sutter said he expects his most experienced defenceman to be in uniform for Game 3, when Calgary's fans will get their chance to spur on their team.

 "We know we can play a lot better than we did, both games and that's a thing you take out of it," Donovan said. "We've got a lot better hockey to play and there's a lot of games left in this series. We know it's going to be a long series just like Vancouver."

 "We have to play like we did in Game 1," Sutter added. "You know what, they are the best team in the National Hockey League when they get the lead. They shut you down at the blueline, that's the system they play.

 "To think that you are going to get a whole bunch of chances against them is not feasible. If you get 10, you've got to score on two of them."


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