Western Conference Semifinals, Game 3 (4/29/08)

Forsberg was able to go to start this game and Theodore said he was 100% over the flu so I was expecting a great game.

The first period did not disappoint.  Both teams played hard and the energy level was high.  Colorado drew first blood with a shot that may have been redirected.  It was kind of an off speed shot and moved slowly past Osgood and into the net.  Detroit answered when Zetterberg and Datsyuk teamed up for a beautiful power play goal.  From then on Detroit was just all over the Avalanche.  They were constantly pressuring in Colorado’s end.  Just a few seconds after the Red Wings first goal Franzen continued his streak with a goal from his spot in front of the net.  The first period ended 2-1 Detroit.  At some point during the first period Forsberg left the ice for unknown reasons.

Forsberg was able to return in the second period but unfortunately for the Avs Stastny left the game after incidental contact with Datsyuk in the first period.  They bumped legs a little bit near center and it must have been worse than it looked for Stastny.

Detroit scored first in the second period.  Datsuk was standing near the top of the crease and Theodore was way out because Rafalski had the puck up at the point and Theodore was expecting a shot.  Instead Rafalski passed it to Datsyuk who pulled it back and around Theodore for an easy goal.  Not long later McCarty took a dumb penalty for holding and the Avs capitalized.  It was another redirected shot and Osgood didn’t have much of a chance.  That made it 3 to 2 Detroit.  Near the midway point of the period Forsberg was penalized with a double minor for high sticking Samuelsson.  It really didn’t look that bad and the crowd thought it was a dive but Sammy’s mouth was all bloody so it must have been worse than it looked.  Detroit capitalized on the power play when Zetterberg was left unattended at the side of the net.  Datsyuk found him and it was an easy tap in.  For the most part the rest of the period was all Detroit.  Colorado had a few chances but Detroit was all over them whenever they had the puck.  The period ended with Detroit up 4 to 2.

In the third period Colorado really pushed back hard.  They got a power play goal early after Detroit was hit with two bench minors for too many men.  From then on Colorado was pressuring for the tieing goal.  They had tons of chances and Osgood made a lot of great and timely saves.  They were not able to tie the game however and Detroit won.

This 4-3 win brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 3-0 Detroit.

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