Chicago at Detroit (3/11/08)

This Original Six match up was Dallas Drake’s 1000th game. Bud Lynch announced it in the arena and the crowd gave him a nice ovation. His family traveled from Traverse City to attend the game. Drake also picked up his 300th assist on Maltby’s goal so it was a good day for him all around.

Chelios returned to the lineup tonight after recovering from a chipped fibula. He appears to be back in form.

For the first two minutes of the game it looked like a power play for Chicago. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, the Wings were just having a bad start. They failed to clear a couple of times and ended getting stuck in their own zone on a long shift. Luckily, Osgood was great, as usual, and kept things under control. After that first shift things settled down and the played moved into the Hawks end for most of the rest of the game. By the end the shots on goal were really lopsided in favor of Detroit.

At one point there was scuffle along the boards and everybody’s sticks came up. Samuelsson ended up getting cross-checked in the face by Wisniewski. Sammy got 2 minutes for slashing and Wisniewski got a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. The league will review the play today and decide if he should be suspended. It did look like he did it on purpose, but it wasn’t really that hard of a cross-check, it just caught Sammy in a soft spot. It could have been a lot worse if he’d really wanted to hurt him.

There was an exciting moment when Robert Lang was awarded a penalty shot. Ozzy came up big and made the stop.

Franzen got the empty goal to clinch it the game.

The broadcast crew announced during the game that Dan Cleary signed a 5 year deal with the Wings today worth $14 million. That’s excellent news for the Wings. Cleary is expected to return March 25 after being out with a broken jaw. As a side note, I really wish all the players would wear face shields. If an injury like Cleary’s happens at the wrong time to the wrong player, it could mean the difference between winning the Stanley Cup and losing it. Is it really worth that kind of risk? I don’t think it should be mandatory, but I do think they should all choose to wear one.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
98 points

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