Detroit at Edmonton (3/24/09)

Detroit was in Edmonton for tonight’s game. They were coming off a disappointing loss to Calgary last night in which they played pretty well but gave up too many soft goals. Holmstrom rejoined the lineup for tonight’s game. Conklin was in net for us and Roloson was in for the Oilers. This game also featured the same stingy referees from last night’s game who only called one penalty on the Flames all night.

This first period started pretty uneventfully. The two teams traded power plays without converting. Then near the end of the period the Red Wings ended up two men short for almost a minute after Cleary and then Zetterberg each took penalties. The Oilers took their timeout before the first faceoff of the 2 man advantage.

Detroit killed off the first penalty but the Oilers scored before the second one expired. Grebeshkov took the shot from the high slot area. Penner was in front of the net but it looked like Conklin could still see the puck. It was a good hard shot over the glove hand.

There was no more scoring in the first period so the Wings went into the dressing room down one to nothing.

The second period came and went without any goals. ┬áThere was some good end to end action and the Red Wings had their chances but just couldn’t close the deal. So heading into the third period the Red Wings were still down one to nothing.

In the third period Ericsson shot from the point with Franzen in front of the goal. The puck was going high so Roloson was up, but at the last second it was redirected downwards. It looked like it hit the defenseman which caused it to change direction. That finally tied the game at one.

With about three minutes left in the third period Franzen drove to the net and shot. He hit the post and it was like he smelled blood. The puck went back down to the Red Wings end and then he got the outlet pass again. Once more he drove to the net and dipped his shoulder, but this time he dished to Hossa at the last second. Hossa blasted one that beat Roloson to take the lead with only two minutes left in the game.

Just a few seconds later Detroit put the icing on the cake. Datsyuk won a faceoff back to Lidstrom at the point who took the shot. Roloson made the stop but the rebound came right to Filppula next to the net and he smacked it in.

Then the Oilers scored another goal with the clock down to one minute left. Wilson found Kotalik in the slot and he shot one that beat Conklin up high. That made it three to two Red Wings.

The Oilers pulled the goalie and put forth a strong effort but the Wings were able to hold on.

This was a great win. Even though the Red Wings played pretty well it felt like they stole this game because they went so long without scoring. They sure made up for it at the end though. Conklin had a strong game and so did Franzen among others. All in all, it was a good bounce-back game after the tough loss last night.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
49-16-9
107 points

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