Detroit at Washington (1/19/10)

The Red Wings were in Washington D.C. tonight to play the red hot Capitals. Osgood was the starter for the Red Wings and the Caps went with Jose Theodore.

The battle between Datsyuk and Ovechkin was highly anticipated. These two Olympic teammates are among the best players in the league and very competitive.

The Red Wings played very well in the first period. They had 15 shots on goal and they didn’t allow the Capitals to have ANY until almost 15 minutes into the game. The shot total ended up 15 to 3 in the first period. You can’t do much better than that against the Caps. The only problem is they didn’t score because Theodore was playing very well, too.

In the second period Cleary took it from the boards to the slot and dished it to Filppula. He shot it and the rebound came back to Cleary with a mostly open net but he couldn’t put it in. The second rebound came back towards Cleary as he was falling down and he turned around and swatted at it. It somehow found its way into the net and the Wings had the lead one to nothing. You gotta love the second effort and hard work by Dan Cleary; beautiful job!

Then later in the second period Green passed diagonally all the way across the neutral zone to Gordon. He passed it to Bradley coming through the slot. Bradley shot it and beat Osgood to tie the game.

The Red Wings continued to shut the Capitals down throughout the second period with the exception of the goal. The shots were 31 to 14 in favor of the Wings, and they had completely shut down the Caps power play. After the domination of the first two periods the Capitals were very lucky to be tied.

In the third period the Red Wings had a power play. They didn’t score but they continued the pressure after it ended. Filppula passed it to Rafalski two stepped up to the top of the circles and ripped one that burned Theodore and gave the lead back to Detroit with under ten minutes left.

A few minutes later Bertuzzi got tied up with Mike Green and ended up getting called for tripping. On the power play Backstrom brought it into the zone with speed. He made a move around Stuart, shot and beat Osgood. That tied the game again.

Then, less than a minute later Semin wound up and shot one that hit something in front of the net and bounced around. It ended up going off of Steckel and into the net to give the Caps the lead. It was just a crazy play and there was no way Osgood could have stopped it.

The Red Wings were not able to re-tie the game. After a fantastic effort in which they doubled the Capitals shot total 46 to 23 and held Ovechkin to zero shots on goal for the just the third time in his career, the Wings came away with nothing to show for it.

It was a huge disappointment. You can’t find too much fault in the way they played the game. There were very few mistakes. They shut the Caps down for the first two periods and just caught some bad breaks in the third. The Capitals have to feel very lucky to have won this game. The Red Wings should feel good about how they played but they have to be really let down by the results. What a bummer!

This 2-3 loss brings us to:
56 points

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