Atlanta at Detroit (11/25/09)

The Atlanta Thrashers came to town to face the Red Wings tonight on the eve of Thanksgiving. Ondrej Pavelec was the goalie for the Thrashers and Jimmy Howard was in for the Wings.

In the first period Detroit was generating a ton of offense but Pavelec was standing strong. Then the Thrashers entered the Red Wings zone on the rush. Afinogenov passed across the slot to Antropov. Leino tried to cut off the pass but he didn’t act quickly enough to stop it. The puck hit his skate but still made it across to Antropov who tapped it in for the goal. It was the familiar situation of the Red Wings playing very well but making one costly mistake and falling behind.

The Red Wings’ first power play of the game was amazing. They had the puck in the Thrashers’ zone the whole time. They put on a passing clinic but Atlanta did a good job of clogging up the middle and Pavelec was on fire.

The amount of offense by the Wings in the first period was as much as some teams have in a whole game but they didn’t get a goal. They had 19 shots and 10 scoring chances but nothing to show for it. The period ended with Atlanta up one to nothing.

In the second period the Red Wings continued playing well. They had a great scoring chance when Pavelec came out to play the puck near the faceoff dot. He poked it back but not out. Leino got it before it exited the zone and passed it to Zetterberg. In the meantime Pavelec had moved back into position. Zetterberg one timed it and Pavelec snagged it out of the air with his glove. It was a heck of a save because he didn’t have time to get set.

A short time later Lebda was called for slashing. With only about 10 seconds left on the Thrashers’ power play, Kovalchuk made a perfect pass to spring our old friend Slava Kozlov who had just come off the bench. He took the puck to the net all alone, made a few moves and beat Jimmy Howard giving the Thrashers a two to nothing lead.

The second period wasn’t as lopsided offensively as the first was. Atlanta was catching up in shots on goal. Detroit seemed to have lost a little jump even though they were still playing pretty well.

Detroit continued to generate offense in the third period but they were never able to score. They pulled the goalie with a minute and forty seconds left but Cleary had been hit with a phantom interference call so the extra skater just got them back to even strength.

It was all for naught as Detroit ended up with forty shots and no goals. Pavelec got the shutout and he deserved it. He played a great game. The Red Wings were doing everything right tonight for the majority of the game. The only thing they need is maybe some confidence. They just seem to be snake bit right now.

This 2-0 loss brings us to:
11-8-4
26 points

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