Los Angeles at Detroit (2/27/09)

Tonight the Red Wings had a home game against the Los Angeles Kings. Hossa was out for this one because of the hit to the head that he took in the San Jose game. They initially said that he had a stiff neck so hopefully it won’t last long. This is Osgood’s first game back after his 10 day game break. He says the extra practice and time off did him good and he’s ready to go. Rookie Jon Quick was the goalie for the Kings. This was also Kirk Maltby’s 1000th game in the NHL. Mike Babcock put him in the starting lineup in a nice move to honor his accomplishment.

The Red Wings started this game with a lot of jump. They had a bunch of shots and some great scoring chances. At the other end when the Kings put some pressure on early Osgood got into a bit of trouble. He was out of the net with a Kings player in his way at one point but no damage was done.

The first period ended with no scoring. It was pretty even in shots on goal and scoring chances. The Red Wings had more giveaways and more blocked shots than the Kings. Other than that there wasn’t any notable advantage to either side in the stats.

In the second period Detroit broke the deadlock. Leino had the puck in behind the Kings’ net. He brought it out front for a wrap around try. He shot and Quick blocked it. The rebound came out to the side and Meech pounced on it and scored.

Early in the third period Detroit dumped the puck in and Quick came out to play it around the net to Quincey. He changed his mind at the last second and just sort of left it there. Filppula took it and fed it to the front of the net for Kopecky who tapped it past Quick for the goal.

Then a few minutes later the Kings went on the power play. Osgood made several good saves in a row but the Wings were never able to clear. Frolov kept whacking at it and wouldn’t let up. Eventually, he was able to get it by Osgood to end the shutout.

The Kings tried hard to tie the game but Detroit denied them. Osgood looked good in this game. The only goal that was scored was tough to really blame on him. As a team the Wings played well tonight. They had a lapse at the end of the first period but came back and played well after that. Hopefully, they can keep it rolling as they play again tomorrow night in Nashville.

This 1-2 win brings us to:
41-13-8
90 points

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