Dallas at Detroit (1/29/09)

The Dallas Stars came to town tonight to face the Wings.  The goalies for this game were Osgood and Turco.  The Red Wings put Brad Stuart on IR because of the torn rib cartilage he suffered when he crashed head first into the boards in Phoenix.  Zetterberg was also still out with back spasms.  The Wings called up Ville Leino, and Aaron Downey to fill the gaps.  Downey was in tonight’s game and Leino will be in on Saturday.

Detroit got off to a sloppy start again in this game.  The Stars looked sharp and ready to play.

In the first period Detroit was penalized for a very questionable holding call.  On the ensuing power play Dallas scored.  Richards took the shot and it was tipped in by Ott.

Shortly after the goal, Chelios swung his stick around blindly as he was turning and caught a Stars player square in the teeth.  It drew blood so it was an automatic double minor.  On the first penalty the Stars scored again.  They moved the puck at will, got Osgood to one side and then shot it on on the other side.  That gave the Stars an early two nothing lead.

Near the end of the first period Draper was kicked out of the face off circle and Cleary took his place.  He lost the face off and the Stars put the puck right to the slot where Conner one-timed it for their third unanswered goal.

Babcock changed goalies to start the second period.  The goals weren’t really Osgood’s fault.  Babcock was hopping that putting in Conklin would give the team a spark.

Early in the second period Detroit took another penalty.  Eriksson went towards the net with the puck.  When Conklin committed he put it around him and into the net.  Four nothing Stars.

Then Detroit went on the power play and were finally able to get their first goal of the game.  Rafalski sent it from the point towards Hossa in the slot.  Hossa redirected it towards the net and Holmstrom tipped past Turco.  That made it four to one Dallas.

Detroit scored again late in the second.  Lilja shot the puck from the blue line.  It might have been redirected off of a Stars player in front of the net.  Either way it brought the Wings to within two.

The Red Wings came alive in the second period.  They started to play much more physically.  There were tons of big hits and scraps.  The crowd really got into it in the second as well.  The Wings actually should have had another goal at the end of the second period but it was waved off.  They said it was because Holmstrom made contact with Turco.  However, the replays showed the Turco first whacked him in the skate and then Holmstrom was pushed into Turco by a Stars player.

In the third period the Wings tried to come back and score but were never able to do so.  The game ended four to two.

This was a pretty entertaining game.  Unfortunately, the Red Wings had dug themselves such a big hole in the first period that when they started playing well it was too little too late.

This 4-2 loss brings us to:
31-10-7
69 points

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