St. Louis at Detroit (3/28/08)

Well, tonight was the first game back for Darren McCarty.  It sure is great to see him back in a Red Wings uniform.  In a classy move Babcock put the Grind Line back together to start the game.  They didn’t play together after that, but at least they had that first shift.  It was a nice sign of respect for McCarty’s history with the team. 

The Red Wings celebrated Dallas Drake’s 1000th game.  His family was on hand to join in the pre-game ceremony.

The Red Wings were trying to clinch the President’s Trophy tonight.  They needed two points and a loss by San Jose in order to wrap that up in this game.

The Blues are out of the playoffs for he third year in a row but they are still playing to win.  They were very physical in the first period and opened the scoring on a bang-bang play.  Osgood never had a chance to stop the puck.  It came from behind the net to Brad Boyes and he nailed it without hesitation.

The Blues scored early in he second.  It was another goal that Osgood was mostly helpless to sop.  It started out low and was deflected up off of a skate over Ozzy’s shoulder.

The Red Wings got on the baord not long after that with a power play goal by Rafalski.  It was deflected as well, so that made up for the Blues second goal.

The Blues scored again in the third period on a rising shot from Andy McDonald.  It looked like it might have redirected off of Lidstrom’s leg.  That put the Blues up by two.

The Red Wings got another power play goal thanks to Franzen standing in front of the net cleaning up the rebounds.  He’s been making a habit of that lately.

Then just a few minutes later, Franzen scored again to tie the game.  It was a great pass by Zetterberg right in front of the net and Franzen had an easy tap in.

The tie held until the end of regulation, just barely.  The Blues had a shot with less than a minute to go that bounced over Osgood and came down just on the top of the net.  Luckily it kept going and came down behind instead of in front of the net.

The Blues scored the game winner in OT.  So the Wings came away with a point.  That’s not enough to clinch the President’s Trophy even if San Jose loses, so that’ll have to wait for another day.  All in all, the Red Wings played pretty well.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
51-20-7
109 points

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