Detroit at Colorado (10/24/09)

Tonight the Red Wings moved on to Denver to play the Avalanche in the second game of their five game road trip. The Avalanche had just played the night before. Anderson was their goalie and he was also their goalie the previous night because Budaj was out with the flu. Jimmy Howard was the goalie for the Wings.

For most of the first period play went back and forth without much offense developing at either end. The puck seemed to be pinballing all over the place and nobody could really control it for very long.

With 6:26 left in the first period Zetterberg was high-sticked by Stastny and cut on the nose. Stastny got the automatic double minor so the Wings had four minutes of power play time to work with.

The Red Wings generated a ton of offense on the power play but weren’t able to score. They moved the puck very well and were in Colorado’s end for about two full minutes at one stretch but Anderson had an answer for every shot on goal.

With about a minute and half left in the first period Lebda high-sticked Stewart and was given a double minor. The Avs would have their chance at four minutes of power play time.

The first period ended with no score.

The Avs had 2:26 of carry over power play time on a fresh sheet of ice to start the second period. The Wings did a great job of killing off the rest of the power play time and the score remained zero to zero.

Shortly after the power play ended Draper was in front of the net and Cleary sent the puck his way. It looked like it hit Draper in the skates. He was able to come up with it and muscle it into the net for the first goal of the night. That made it one to nothing Red Wings.

Later in second period the puck was in the Red Wings end. Ericsson and Rafalski were trying to get control of the it and get it out but they couldn’t come up with it. Rafalski passed it to Ericsson who gloved it and dropped on the ice but he fanned on it with his stick and Stewart stole it from him. Stewart passed it to Galiardi in front of the net. He chipped it up with a backhand and put over Howard and into the net tying the game at one each. It was obviously very frustrating for Ericsson since he was the one who turned it over.

There was no more scoring in the second period so they went to intermission still tied at one. Howard made some nice saves in the final minute of the period to preserve the tie. He was having a pretty good game. He looked very relaxed and reliable out there. After two periods Detroit was outshooting the Avs 28 to 16 but the score didn’t reflect it.

In the first few seconds of the third period Holmstrom was called for hooking. On the power play the Avs pretty much had their way with the Red Wings defense. Howard was forced to make save after save and was also aided by a post at one point.

About halfway through the third period Chris Stewart took the puck into the Red Wings end. He got around Lebda and snapped it from about the top of the circle. The shot beat Howard to give the Avalanche the lead two to one.

Later in the period the Red Wings had close to four consecutive minutes of power play time and weren’t able to score thanks to Anderson’s goaltending and Colorado’s defense doing a great job clearing the puck.

With three minutes left the Red Wings got another power play when Stastny was called for tripping. That was the Wings’ seventh power play attempt of the night. When the power play was down to two seconds left and about a minute left in the game Detroit pulled their goalie before a faceoff in the Avalanche end. They also took their timeout to set up the play. However, the Wings lost the faceoff and it came to Stastny who had just exited the penalty box. He took it up ice and scored the empty net goal giving the Avs the two goal lead.

That was all she wrote for this game. The Red Wings power play was terribly ineffective tonight although they did have a lot of shots. The team as a whole had a ton of shots on goal but Anderson was just too good. I thought that once again Bertuzzi had a great game but just hasn’t been able to finish. His strength and speed are both there; he just needs to work on his accuracy. Howard played pretty well for the most part. He gave them a chance to win but in this case that wasn’t enough.

The Red Wings goal for this road trip was to win at least three of the five games. They’re going to have to sweep the rest of them to do that now. They’ve got some things to work on if they’re going to make that happen.

This 1-3 loss brings us to:
8 points

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