St. Louis at Detroit (2/2/09)

The St. Louis Blues came to Joe Louis Arena tonight to face the Wings.  Legace was in net for them and Osgood was in for us.  Tonight Kris Draper was playing in his 1000th game.  Mike Babcock put him out on the top line to start the game as a way of honoring his achievement.  Abdelkader and Leino were playing again tonight.  Leino came out for warm-ups wearing his red helmet instead of the white one.  Of course nobody told him why they were all laughing at him so it was pretty funny.

In the first period there was no scoring.  Detroit played pretty well but they were still out-shot by the Blues.  It seemed like the Wings were dominating play but they just didn’t get many quality chances.  In fact there were very few shots at either end.  Detroit had two shots on goal in the first and St. Louis had three.  Not the most exciting period I’ve seen.

Early in the first period Detroit had a two on one breakaway.  Kopecky skated it into the zone and passed it to Maltby in the slot.  Maltby shot the puck and beat Legace for the goal.  Kopecky then went down hard and crashed awkwardly into the post.  He seemed to be okay afterwards.  Draper also had an assist on the play.

St. Louis also got on the board in the second period.  They were on the power play and the puck got caught up in Lidstrom’s pads down near his own goal line.  The puck dropped to the ice right in front of Oshie.  He turned around and shot it before the Red Wings realized where it was.  It was a total fluke goal.

A few minutes later Hossa got his own low percentage goal.  He took the pass and entered the zone.  From above the top of the circle.  He shot the puck and squeaked it in above Legace’s stick side shoulder.  Legace barely moved.  It was probably the softest goal I’ve seen this season.

Shortly after that the Blues scored on the power play.  It was a cross ice pass to Berglund.  He one-timed it and beat Osgood to tie the game.

A few seconds later Hossa did it again.  He scored from the other side of the ice this time.  He brought the puck in, pulled it in a little, and wristed it by Legace.  That was the end of the game for Manny Legace.  Chris Mason came in to relieve him.

In the third period Lilja was called for boarding.  He was given a five minute major and a game misconduct.  It was a strange call but there wasn’t really a good camera to see what really happened.  Lilja seemed very upset with the call.  

The Red Wings killed off almost all of the five minute penalty but in the final seconds St. Louis got another power play goal.  There was some traffic in front but it didn’t look like the shot was tipped.  Up to that point in the penalty kill Osgood had made some great saves.  He even had the crowd chanting his name at one point.  That goal tied the game and the tie held until the end of regulation.

Nobody scored in the overtime so they headed to the shootout.

Datsyuk was the first shooter.  He made a move but Mason didn’t bite.  Oshie went next and Osgood stopped it.  Then came Hudler who made a huge move with his shoulder.  Mason bought it and Hudler scored.  Next was Boyes.  He faked with the backhand and scored on the forehand.  Hossa came up next and ripped a wrister by Mason.  Perron went last for the Blues and Osgood stopped him for the win.

Detroit was lucky to get two points in this game.  They had way to many penalties and were terrible on the penalty kill.  They have a lot to work on before the playoffs.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
32-11-7
71 points

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