Detroit at Anaheim (1/14/09)

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

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