Florida at Detroit (11/20/09)

The Florida Panthers were in town tonight to play the Red Wings. Scott Clemmensen was the goalie for the Panthers. For the Red Wings, Chris Osgood was finally back after kicking the flu. Jimmy Howard did a great job in his absence. Maltby was also back for this game after recovering from the flu. Maltby took the place of Brad May.

The first period had a fast pace but no goals. The Red Wings were pretty much on fire offensively. They had a ton of great scoring chances. I think they had at least five good scoring chances before Florida even had a shot on goal. In the entire first period Florida only had two shots on goal compared to eleven for Detroit. Not much work for Chris Osgood! The Red Wings also out-hit the Panthers 20 to 5 in the first period and out-chanced them 8 to 1. It was pretty much all Red Wings. For all the quality chances, however, each time the Red Wings either just missed connecting, or Clemmensen made a big save.

The second period was pretty boring. Gone was the fast pace of the first. There were a lot of whistles because Florida was doing a better job of playing their trap style defense. They clogged up the neutral zone and made it tough for the Wings to get anything going.

Late in the period Detroit was on the power play and Rafalski and Zetterberg worked the puck in the corner and got it to Datsyuk in front of the net. Datsyuk shot it into Clemmensen’s pads but stayed with the rebound. On his second chance he put it around him and into the net. That made it one to nothing Red Wings. The score held until the end of the period.

About halfway through the third period Florida tied it up. Horton had the puck and took it behind the Red Wings net and out front to Osgood’s right. Osgood was all the way over to that side hugging the post and Rafalski was also operating on that side. Horton passed it through the crease to Weiss who had a wide open net in front of him. Osgood started to come across and Weiss swatted at the puck and missed it and then had time to shoot it again before Osgood made it over to his side of the net. That tied the game at one each.

The third period was wasn’t much more exciting than the second. There were no goals so at the end the score was still tied at one. We were to be subjected to more of this boring game.

In the overtime period the Panthers finally started to play some offense. Just 40 seconds into the period Weiss passed it from the point to McCabe who shot it from the top of the circle and it got under Osgood’s arm and into the net for the game winner.

This game was another case of a team getting badly outplayed but somehow hanging around until the end and then coming away with the win. The Panthers were out-shot in this game 20 to 40. They had no business walking away with two points but there you go. The Wings had a ton of chances to make this game a blowout but it just wouldn’t click. That’s the way it goes some nights.

The Wings now head up to Montreal for tomorrow night’s game against the Canadiens who also played tonight. They beat the Capitals on the road in Washington.

This 2-1 overtime loss brings us to:
10-6-4
24 points

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