Washington at Detroit (10/10/09)

Tonight the Red Wings faced the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. This is the first game without Franzen. Patrick Eaves finally got his chance to play as a Red Wing. Brad May was also in and Abdelkader was recalled from Grand Rapids. Meech was in as well. Osgood was our starting goalie and Jose Theodore was in net for the Caps.

Early in the first period the Red Wings gave up a very soft goal. Bradley shot the puck from below the face off dot near the wall. It looked like it hit Osgood and slowed down a little but it got through him somehow and trickled into the net. It was one to nothing Washington.

Nearing the end of the first period, the Red Wings evened things up. They got the puck to the front of the net and it turned into a mad scramble with everybody whacking at it. Theodore was trying to cover it up but he couldn’t get control. The puck ended up on the ice right in front of Theodore’s outstretched legs. Leino came charging in and chipped it up and into the net. After scoring the goal Leino got nailed in the face by Sloan. I’m sure he was still smiling though!

With a minute left in the first period Washington went on the power play. Osgood stopped a point blank shot from Ovechkin. It was a beautiful play by the Capitals but the save was even better. It was a give and go play that left Ovechkin with a nearly wide open net. Osgood kicked out his leg and got the puck with his toe to absolutely rob Ovechkin.

The period ended with the score still tied and the Capitals still with about a minute of power play time.

In the second period the Red Wings were playing very well. After a slow start to the first they seemed to be really moving their feet and doing some good things in the second. Towards the end of the period they went on the power play again. Jason Williams let one rip from the point. It looked like it deflected slightly off the skate of a Washington player and went in. That gave the Wings a two to one lead and gave Williams his first goal since returning to a Red Wings uniform.

Early in the third period, with the Capitals still on the power play, Morrisonn scored to tie the game at two goals each. Patrick Eaves had just brought the puck down to the Capitals end and had a shorthanded scoring attempt. He was shoved off balance and ended up falling into the net and knocking it off its moorings. The officials let the play continue because Washington had control. They brought the puck into the Red Wings end and Morrisonn shot it. Osgood was screened and couldn’t see the puck until it was too late.

Past the halfway point of the third period the Red Wings went back on the power play. Datsyuk made a brilliant pass across the slot and back to Holmstrom. He released a bomb that beat Theodore and took back the lead for the Wings.

The Capitals pressured hard for the rest of the game but Detroit just shut them down. The lead held and the Red Wings one three to two.

The Red Wings looked great tonight. They had a slow start but they really ramped it up as the game went on. I much prefer that type of game over the fast start followed by the epic collapse like we saw in the first two games of the season. Bertuzzi had a noticeably good game as did the entire Filppula line. The Wings did a great job of coping with the loss of Franzen. They also shut down Ovechkin very effectively. I hope to see a lot more games like the one in the future.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
4 points

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