Detroit at Buffalo (10/13/09)

Tonight the Red Wings were in Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Ryan Miller was the starting goalie for the Sabres and Chris Osgood was in net for the Wings. Draper was a healthy scratch and Helm was in.

The Wings got off to a sluggish start and the Sabres were badly outshooting them. Luckily Osgood was amazing. He made several great saves early on.

Then Stuart was called for slashing and on the Sabres scored on the power play. Osgood stopped the initial shot but the rebound landed right in front of Stafford who popped it home.

A few minutes later the Wings went on the power play. Kronwall sent the puck towards the crease and Filppula deflected it into the net to tie the game at one.

By the end of the first period Detroit was outshooting the Sabres eleven to eight. The tied scored held so it was still one to one heading into the second.

In the second period the Red Wings seemed to slack again and Osgood was coming up big just like in the first period. Then there was a delayed offside in the Sabres end so the Wings couldn’t touch the puck. Myers took the puck from his own end all the way to the net and tried to stuff it home but Osgood blocked it out. The rebound came out front and Kaleta shot it and scored to give the Sabres the two to one lead.

A few minutes later Vanek brought the puck in with Lidstrom defending him. Vanek held up and Lidstrom stayed right with him. He shot the puck and Lidstrom put his stick down to try to block it. The puck hit Lidstrom’s stick and changed direction suddenly. Osgood was surprised by the sudden change in direction and it got by him. That gave the Sabres a two goal lead.

A few minutes after THAT Osgood was again making some brilliant saves and the puck came to MacArthur right in front of the net. He released a very quick sweeping shot from close range that got under Osgood and made it four to one Sabres. It really didn’t look like he was going to shoot the puck. It had gone off his skate and he kicked it toward his stick. It looked like he was going to stick handle it and instead he swept it right into the net. Maybe Osgood should have been ready for it but that would have been asking a lot. It’s hard to blame him for that one.

A few seconds later the Sabres scored again. Roy brought the puck across the crease and Osgood followed him. Roy tried to forehand to backhand and lost the puck in front of the open side of the net. Vanek followed and put it in. Suddenly it was five to one. I’m blaming Brad Stuart for that one since he was covering Vanek. Osgood can’t be everywhere at once, he needed a little help from the rest of the team.

The Red Wings pulled Osgood and put in Jimmy Howard after that goal but I don’t think Babcock was really blaming Osgood. The Wings were just looking poor offensively and defensively. Goal tending wasn’t the issue.

With a few minutes left in the second period Filppula made a great rush to the net and got tripped up. He was awarded a penalty shot on the play. He shucked and jived but Miller stayed with him and stopped his shot easily.

The second period ended with the Sabres still up five to one. They had outshot the Red Wings in the second period 18 to 4.

In the third period the troubles continued. Kaleta had the puck in the corner and fed it to Gaustad who was standing in front of the net like he owned it. He redirected the puck into Howard’s pads and then took a second whack at it sending it through the five hole and making it six to one.

Halfway through the third period Rafalski threw the puck toward the net with Holmstrom in front. Zetterberg and Holmstrom both got a stick on it and it was deflected past Ryan Miller and into the net making it six to two.

That was pretty much it for this one. The Red Wings looked a little more energetic in the third but it was far too little too late. They looked pretty terrible overall but I thought Helm and Filppula looked good and believe it or not, Osgood did, too. Let’s hope we don’t see many more games like that one. It looks like the Stanley Cup hangover finally hit!

This 2-6 loss brings us to:
4 points

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