San Jose at Detroit (11/5/09)

The Red Wings and the Sharks faced off tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Ericsson and Rafalski were both feeling better today so they were back in the lineup. Nabokov was the Shark’s goalie and Osgood was in for the Wings. Just like the Red Wings, the Sharks had several key players out of their lineup due to injury.

Tonight was Budd Lynch bobble head night. Every fan got a Budd Lynch bobble head in honor of the 60th anniversary of Budd’s association with the Red Wings. He also did a ceremonial puck drop before the game. Congratulations to Budd Lynch!

The Red Wings looked pretty good in the first period but neither team scored. The Sharks only had a couple of good scoring chances. On those rare occasions Osgood stood strong. Detroit had several really good scoring chances but just weren’t able to finish.

Most of the second period went by with no scoring. When they were approaching five minutes left in the period the Sharks entered the Red Wings end on the rush. Ericsson stumbled which opened up a little room for the puck carrier, Callahan. He passed it back to Couture who let fly a hard shot that beat Osgood and gave the Sharks a one to nothing lead.

The Red Wings continued playing well throughout the second period but still didn’t score. The period ended with Sharks up by one. The Sharks were slightly outshooting the Red Wings but the Wings had more scoring chances.

Early in the third period the Red Wings finally scored. It was a Zetterberg goal but it was set up by the hard work of Helm. He had been working like a maniac to keep the puck in the offensive zone. He finally got it back in deep to Eaves who wrapped it around the net and then passed it to Lidstrom at the point. Lidstrom shot and Nabokov stopped it with his left toe. The puck was under his skate but the referee didn’t blow the whistle. Zetterberg came flying in off the bench and pushed the puck from under Nabokov’s skate into the net. The Sharks probably weren’t happy about the slow¬†whistle¬†but that’s life. It was a great hard working goal for the Wings and it tied the game at one.

The tie held until the end of regulation.

In the overtime period the Red Wings continued to work hard and play with incredible energy. The Sharks were on their heels for most of the OT but the Wings just couldn’t score. The Sharks didn’t really get any scoring chances since the Wings kept the play at the other end. Neither team scored so it was time for a shootout.

In the shootout Datsyuk went first. He deked and then elevated the puck over Nabokov’s pad and scored. Then Osgood stopped Dan Boyle. Next was Jason Williams. He had a good shot but Nabokov stopped him with the pad. Ryane Clowe came up next and Osgood stopped him, too. Zetterberg was the third shooter for the Wings. He came in fast, faked out Nabokov and scored a beauty of a goal for the win.

This was the best game I’ve seen the Red Wings play in a long time. It was great to see the jump they had. They were all at the top of their games. Helm was incredible. Bertuzzi had a ton of scoring chances and he must be starting to think that he’s cursed because none of them went in. Osgood was excellent, and so were Datsyuk and Zetterberg. The Red Wings just keep improving and that’s great to see.

This 1-2 win brings us to:
17 points

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