Nashville at Detroit (3/30/08)

The Red Wings honored Gordie Howe before the game to celebrate his 80th birthday (a day early). It was a very nice presentation. They gave him a framed jersey with number 17 on it, which was the number he wore his rookie year. Below the jersey in the frame was the original score sheet from his first game. They said that Gordie’s signing bonus was a Red Wings varsity jacket so they also gave him a new updated jacket.

The first period was pretty uneventful. There was no scoring and both teams seemed to be somewhat cautious.

In the second period the Red Wings generated some glorious scoring chances but Nashville’s goalie, Dan Ellis, made an equally glorious save for each one. At the other end Hasek was up to the challenge. He came up big when he had to and kept the Predators off the board. There was still no score heading into the third.

The third period was a carbon copy of the second. The Red Wings had lots of chances and the Predators had lots of miracles. At the end of regulation it was still tied 0-0.

Hasek made a huge save in OT when the Predators had a breakaway. It was one on one against the goalie and Hasek came up big.

All the scoring chances finally paid off for the Wings in OT as Franzen notched ANOTHER game-winning goal. That goal ended a shutout streak for Dan Ellis that lasted over 200 minutes which broke a Predators franchise record. If we end up facing the Predators in the first round of the playoffs this guy could give me nightmares. Maybe we jinxed him by breaking his streak.

This 1-0 win brings us to:
52-20-7
111 points

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