Detroit at Minnesota (2/12/09)

Tonight Minnesota was in town to face the Wings. Osgood was in net for us and Harding was the starter for them.

In the first period Detroit scored with a nice team effort. Kronwall had the puck at one point and looked off the defender. He passed across to Lebda at the other point. Lebda took the shot. Harding got most of the puck but it trickled through him somehow and dropped in behind him. Samuelsson pounced on it and drove it home to give the Wings the early lead.

Later in the first period Minnesota had a 5 on 3 power play. They managed to score with a great shot by Burns. It was a one timer wrist shot that he launched very quickly; a very tough shot.

In the second period Hudler scored on a great give and go. Lilia passed to Hudler who gave it to Hossa. Hudler got open and took the pass back from Hossa. Hudler took the shot and scored a sweet goal to put the Wings up by two.

Then, just a few seconds later Draper scored another Wings goal. Hossa got in deep and circled around the back of the net. He passed it to Draper in the circle.  Draper ripped it and scored. Three one Wings.

Nearing the end of the second period Leino scored a nice wrap around goal. Detroit was just dominating play at that point. To quote Mickey Redmond, “Minnesota’s playing like they’re killing a penalty with five guys on the ice.” Leino’s goal made it four to one Wings.

In the third period the Wild scored when Koivu made a great play while shorthanded. He entered the zone against Samuelsson and made a nice move to get by him. Then he put the puck way to the right and pulled it back all the way to across the crease to the left side of the net. Osgood couldn’t get back over in time so Koivu scored the shorty.

That was it for the scoring in this one. Detroit held on to win four to two. The Wings mostly dominated the entire game. As Mickey Redmond pointed out, the best line in this game was Hossa, Hudler, and Filppula. As good as Datsyuk and Zetterberg are every night, that line was fantastic . Osgood looked great in this game, too.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
37-11-7
81 points

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