Chicago at Detroit (10/8/09)

Tonight the Blackhawks were in town for the Red Wings’ home opener. After dropping two in a row to St. Louis in Stockholm, the Red Wings were ready to come out swinging.

One new thing for the Red Wings this year was the organist at the Joe which I thought sounded really cool. A much crappier change was the name of the Fox Sports Detroit studio which is now being called the Call Sam studio. It’s apparently named after some lawyer who paid a lot of money. Blech.

Huet was the goaltender for Chicago and Osgood was in for Detroit. Meech was also in for the first time this season.

Brad May was added to the Red Wings lineup yesterday to fill the role of enforcer. Abdelkader was sent to Grand Rapids to make room for him. May made his presence felt right away with a pretty nice fight against Smolenak. It was a good fight and I think the edge went to Brad May.

Chicago scored first early in the second period. Sharp had the puck behind the Red Wings net. He threw it out front and it bounced around a little bit, hit a few skates and ended up with Versteeg who sent it back towards the net. Sharp had moved to the front of the net and tapped it in. It was a really quick play and no fault of Osgood’s. That made it one to nothing Hawks.

A few minutes later Draper was called for hooking. Seven seconds into the power play Cleary was called for cross checking. The Wings killed off both penalties giving up only one shot on goal. It was all thanks to some great shot blocking by Kronwall and Stuart and a few good saves by Osgood. That penalty kill gave a big boost to the Wings.

Just a few seconds after the penalty kill the Hawks took a penalty. That was a golden opportunity for the Wings to capitalize on the momentum shift and get back the goal they had given up earlier. The Red Wings had a few good shots on the power play but weren’t able to score.

A few minutes later Detroit went on the power play again. Lidstrom was attempting a pass across the slot but the puck hit Madden’s skate and redirected right into the net. That tied the game at one each.

Nearing the end of the second period Draper scored with a beautiful shot. He brought the puck towards the faceoff dot and threaded the needle over Huet’s shoulder into the top of the net. That made it two to one Red Wings.

Just when it looked like the Hawks were going to score a goal, Bertuzzi’s back checking saved the day. At the other end of the ice Leino was making a pest of himself for Campbell who had to take a penalty to stop him. On the power play Datsyuk shot from the point with Holmstrom in front of the net. The puck bounced through Huet and stopped near the goal line. Franzen skated through behind Huet and finished it off to the give the Wings a three to one lead.

About halfway through the third period Williams was called for a questionable slash. On the power play Versteeg scored after Stuart had lost his stick. That brought the Hawks back to within one. During the Hawks power play Ericsson blocked another shot with his left ankle and had to be helped off the ice after the eventual goal. He went straight to the dressing room. It was the same ankle that he hurt in game one against St. Louis.

With 1:38 left Kronwall was called for holding. The Blackhawks pulled their goalie for a six on four power play. They scrambled to try for the tying goal while the Wings tried for the empty netter whenever they got the puck. Neither happened so the scored held.

Osgood looked really sharp in this game. Kronwall and Stuart also had noticeably good games. I was happy to see Bertuzzi contributing and looking a little more lively.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
2 points

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