St. Louis at Detroit (3/24/10)

The St. Louis Blues were in Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. The goalie for the Blues was ex-Wing Ty Conklin and for the Detroit it was Jimmy Howard. Cleary was back in the lineup tonight but Eaves was out for the third straight game since getting hit in the head.

The Blues got the first goal of the game after they double teamed Filppula and took the puck away. Paul Kariya got it at about center ice, split the defense and went to the net. Nobody could catch him. He shot quickly and got the puck in through the five hole.

That was the only goal of the first period.

Just 26 seconds into the second period Zetterberg just tossed the puck at the net. It looked like Conklin should have had it but somehow it squirted through his pads and trickled over the goal line. That tied the game with nearly two full periods to go.

After the goal the Red Wings seemed energized. They kept pressuring and generating good chances. Then Zetterberg threw the puck at the net with Bertuzzi battling in front. The puck hit Bertuzzi’s leg and then hit a Blues player and went into the net. The Red Wings had the lead two to one. It was Bertuzzi’s goal since he was the last Red Wing to touch it.

Early in the third period McClement entered the zone with the puck and moved towards the slot. He shot it between Stuart’s legs. Jimmy Howard didn’t spot it in time and missed it. That goal tied it up at two.

Later in the period Jason Williams flipped the puck up and into the zone right on net. Conklin stopped it and it looked like an easy one but the rebound bounced about three feet away from him. Filppula was charging up the slot. He pulled the puck in, stepped around Conklin and buried it for the go ahead goal. It was a tough break and a bad goal for Conklin but it put the Red Wings up three to two.

As time was winding down Filppula bagged the empty netter to put this one away.

This was a really exciting game. It had a playoff intensity that’s becoming the norm as the number of remaining games dwindles. There was a lot on the line for both teams tonight. St. Louis was trying to catch Detroit in the standings and now they have very little hope of doing so. Tonight’s victory also gave Jimmy Howard his 30th win of the season. That’s the most wins by a rookie goaltender since Steve Mason’s rookie season in Columbus. Congratulations to Jimmy Howard!

This 2-4 win brings us to:
87 points

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