Archive for October, 2008

Detroit at Ottawa (10/11/08)

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

In the second game of the season the Red Wings seemed a little more energized than they did in game 1.  They still had some giveaways but generally looked better.  They dominated in puck possession and shots on goal but they still had trouble closing the deal and putting the puck in the net.

In the first period Picard scored for the Senators with a 5 on 3 power play goal.  Then the Red Wings tied it up with a blistering shot by Filppula.

In the second period the referees went on a penalty spree.  The Red Wings had an unproductive 5 on 3 for over a minute and the Senators had several power plays that were shut down by the Wings.  Near the end of the period the Senators scored on an amazing individual effort by Foligno.  He brought the puck in and was mugged by two Red Wings and lost the puck.  He kept fighting through check and I thought we might see another penalty but even dragging two guys he was able to get control of the puck again snap it past Osgood.  So even with a boatload of chances and some mostly solid play by the Red Wings, they still ended the period trailing by one.  

A few minutes past the halfway point in the third period the Red Wings caught the Senators in a line change and Franzen brought the puck in.  He lit Gerber up with a pinpoint shot that was just beautiful.  That tied the game at 2.  That goal really gave the Red Wings some jump and they were buzzing for another.

It was down to 1:17 left in regulation when Franzen crossed the blue line and released a wrister.  It changed direction a time or two on the way and Gerber got a piece of it but it still trickled past him into the net giving the Red Wings the lead.

After the Senators pulled their goalie Dan Cleary shot for the empty net from his own end and missed thereby icing the puck.  That made the end a ittle bit interested but the Red Wings were able to hold on and win the game.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
1-1-0
2 points

Toronto at Detroit (10/09/08)

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Game 1 started with a fantasitc banner raising ceremony.  The banner was brought onto the ice by some legendary Red Wings including Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, and Alex Delvecchio.  They passed it off to a delegation of current Red Wings who carried it to center ice where it was then raised.  All of the players from the cup team were on the ice including guys that have been sent to the minors or retired like, Helm, Drake, Downey, and Hasek.  It was nice to see that everyone was able to take part in the ceremony.

Before the game Def Leppard played C’mon C’mon, which was apparently inspired by hockey and will be somewhat of a theme song for the league this season.

The downside of winning the Stanley Cup is that we’re going to have to get even more used to every team bringing their A-game when they play Detroit.  The Leafs definitely did in game 1.  Although the Wings looked great at times, the Maple Leafs seemed to be playing with desperation.  They had more jump than the Wings did.

The Maple Leafs scored first with a power play goal.  The puck was centered in front of Osgood who tried to sweep it away to the other side of the ice.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t fast enough as Kubina came streaking in from the blue line and poked it away from Osgood and into the net.

In the second period the Leafs scored again at the tail end of a power play.  A very short time later the Red Wings answered with a goal by Holmstrom who was parked in front of the net.  He shot the puck backwards between his own legs, the defender’s and the goalie’s.

A giveaway by Cleary at his own blue line led to Toronto’s third goal of the night.  It was one on one against Osgood and he just got beat.

Holmstrom did it again for the Red Wings second goal which came on a power play.  Holmstrom was in front of the net again and was able to get control of the puck and poke it in.

In the end it wasn’t enough.  The Wings pulled the goalie and had a power play for the last 30 seconds but could not tie the game.  The ended with Toronto winning 3 to 2.

This 3-2 loss brings us to:
0-1-0
0 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!

GO WINGS!