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Detroit at Anaheim (1/14/09)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Detroit continued their road trip tonight with a game at Anaheim.  Giguere was the goaltender for Anaheim and Osgood was in for the Wings.

Detroit scored first with a great play that featured Datsyuk finding Holmstrom in front of the net with a perfect pass.  Holmstrom tipped it by Giguere for the goal.

Anaheim also scored in the first period.  They had about three or four whacks at it.  Osgood was making save after save but wasn’t hanging on to the puck.  Eventually it came to Getzlaf right on the doorstep.  He got it in underneath Osgood for the goal.  Then at the end of the period the Ducks got a power play and scored again.  Getzlaf passed to Perry who shot and scored.  That made it two to one Anaheim with less than a minute left in the first period.

Early in the second Detroit scored a power play goal to tie it up again.  Kronwall threw the puck into the zone with what looked to be a hard around.  It took a strange bounce off the boards and came right back to the middle.  Hudler stepped into it and one-timed it in.

Montador scored a goal for the Ducks in the second period.  A Red Wings penalty had just expired so it was not a power play goal.  Montador ripped a hard shot that beat Ozzie.

Meech was hit in the second period.  He put his left leg behind him awkwardly and was injured on the play.  He may have overextended his thigh or as Larry Murphy mentioned it could have been a charlie horse or a twisted knee.  In any event he left the ice immediately and had to be helped down the tunnel.  He returned in the third so it must not have been too serious.

That was all the scoring in the second period so the Ducks ended up leading the Wings three to two.  The Wings did play better in the second period though.  They out shot the Ducks 14 to 4.

Right around the midway point of the third period the Red Wings exploded for two quick goals.  The first one was all Dan Cleary.  He had the puck along the boards and just turned with it and made a strong move to the net.  He ripped a shot that beat Giguere.  Then, just a few seconds later Datsyuk took a shot with Holmstrom and Franzen in front.  Franzen batted the puck out of mid air and into the net.  They reviewed it to see if it was a high stick but it was a good goal.  That made it four three Red Wings.

The Ducks pulled their goalie at the end.  They came close to tying it up but Osgood made some huge saves and they held on for the win.

The Wings played pretty well in this game.  They had a few lapses of defense but they overcame them and held on for the strong finish.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
66 points

Here Comes Game 1

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The Red Wings will kick off their cup defending season on Thursday, 10/9/08.  The game will be broadcast on VERSUS, and VERSUS HD.  In addition to the game coverage they’ll also be showing some of the festivities taking place at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.  Def Leppard will perform live and Alanis Morissette will perform via satellite.  It all kicks off at 6:30 EDT with Hockey Central.

Let’s hope for another great season for the Red Wings!  It’s a long way from here to the cup but this year’s Wings are probably the best suited to repeat of any team since the last time they did it in 97 & 98.

Enjoy the game, and LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Ready To Roll!

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Well, the 2008/2009 season has officially begun.  The Lightning are currently playing The Rangers in Prague.  Ottawa and Pittsburgh play later today in Stockholm and then they both do it all again tomorrow.  For the Red Wings the season begins on Thursday (10/9) at home against the Maple Leafs.  That’s a nationally televised game on Versus.

The Wings are the odds on favorite to win the cup again this season but I don’t put too much stock in that.  I also don’t think a “cup hangover” will be a factor.  This is a season like any other.  It’s a long road; there will be ups and downs.  No one on the Red Wings is expecting to coast to a championship this year.  In fact, I’d expect the opposite; they know exactly how much work is in store for them if they want to do it again.

The Red Wings should be even better this season than they were last season.  The only departures are Hasek and Dallas Drake, and we’ve added Hossa.  On paper it’s a no-brainer, but on the ice anything can happen.  I think it’s pretty funny though that this year everybody’s picking the Wings to go all the way, when last season nobody did even though it was virtually the same team.

Well, it sure is great to be watching some hockey again.  The Lightning should be the most improved team this year and I expect they’ll be a lot of fun to watch.  Since I live in the Tampa Bay area I try to catch the Lightning when the Red Wings aren’t playing.  This game is really whetting my appetite for Red Wings hockey.  I can’t wait until Thursday!


Full NHL Games on Hulu

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Hulu has full NHL games on available for viewing online.  If you haven’t heard of it, Hulu is a video service started by NBC and Universal.  They have full movies and TV shows that you can watch for free with just a few commercials.  The videos are good quality and look decent even in full screen.

At the moment they have game 5 of the finals available to watch but not game 6.  I suspect game 6 will be up there soon.  They also have lots of other NHL vidoes.  Check it out:


Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Well, I’m amazed at my own stupidity.  I left for a week long Caribbean cruise secure in the belief that when the Western Conference finals started my TiVo would record the games, like it’s recorded every game this season (except one when the Center Ice schedule changed at the last minute).

Unfortunately, I shut down my home network before I left so the TiVo was not able to download the updated schedule so the games did not record!  !@#$%  I can’t believe I forgot that the TiVo needed the internet.  I’m really angry right now.

So, I’ve missed the first two games and there’s nothing I can do about it.  I did watch the highlights and I’m impressed with how great the Red Wings look.  They really seem to have found another gear that I haven’t seen all season.  Let’s keep it rolling!  I’ll continue writing game recaps after game 3.

Round 3: Detroit vs. Dallas

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Detroit will face the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals.  The series will start on Thursday.  As luck would have I’m currently on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Mariner of the Seas.  Sadly, this ship does not receive either Versus, or NBC.  I’m going into a media blackout on Thursday and will watch Thursday’s and Saturday’s games when I get home on Sunday.  They should be recorded on TiVo automatically.  Consequently, I’ll be a little late with my game recaps but I’ll get caught up as soon as I watch the games on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to a great series!  Let’s hope Detroit can keep up the work ethic they’ve displayed for the last 6 games.

Welcome To (First Post)

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Welcome to!

I registered this domain with the intent of starting a blog sometime, maybe next season, or whenever. However, several circumstances came together to make today the perfect time to start. For one thing, the most recent game (2/29/08) marked Mickey Redmond’s triumphant and early return to the broadcast booth after having successful surgery to remove a tumor from his lung. Way to go, Mick! If that’s not enough for you, the most recent game was also the first game as a Red Wing for Brad Stuart who was traded to Detroit on draft deadline day. The game also happened to be played on leap year day, and featured a terrible call by the officials that probably cost the Wings the game. So I couldn’t resist starting my blog now even though it’s mid-season.

I will use this blog as a place to post my observations about the games and hopefully start some discussions with other fans. I plan to write a small review / commentary about each each game. They will probably only be a paragraph or two most of the time. I will also post news about the team from time to time. This blog will be updated very often during the season, and probably a few times during the off-season, too.

Since I watch every game, I will hopefully have a somewhat knowledgeable and interesting perspective on the way things are going. That’s my theory, anyway. You can decide for yourself.

I grew up in Michigan and was always a Red Wings fan but we moved to Florida just before I started high school. That made it tough to catch many Wings games. As cable TV improved I was able to see more games, but mostly just during the playoffs. Then about four years ago, I got NHL Center Ice and I’ve never looked back. I can’t imagine not seeing every game now.

One nice thing about NHL Center Ice, is that about half of the time I get to see the Detroit broadcasters which is a real treat. There are none better in the booth than Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Larry Murphy is also great between the benches, or in the studio, or filling in for Mickey on the road.

Anyway, that’s enough chit chat, let’s get to the games! Check the about page if you want more information about my background.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you find it interesting. Please feel free to register and post your opinions in the comments sections.