Detroit at Chicago (10/9/10)

The Wings were in Chicago tonight to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. It was their banner raising ceremony so the Red Wings had to work to keep their focus through all the hoopla.

The goalies were Osgood and Turco. This was the second of back to back games for the Wings so Howard got to rest.

The Red Wings looked a little bit more disheveled in this game than they did the previous night. I think that’s just because the Blackhawks are a better team and did a much better job of disrupting Detroit’s offense.

The Wings scored first when Bertuzzi dished it to Franzen who made a perfect pass to Filppula near the net. Filppula tipped it in to give the Wings the first period lead.

In the final seconds of first period the Blackhawks were on the power play. Hossa passed it to Seabrook who put it in the net to tie the game with about a second left on the clock.

Early in the second period Brad Stuart fired a hard shot intentionally wide, bouncing it off the back boards to Bertuzzi near the side of the net. Bertuzzi took it and shoved it into the net to get the lead back for the Wings.

Just a few seconds later Bickell fired a wrister from the high slot that beat Osgood to tie the game at two.

The tie held for the rest of the second period and into the third. Then Filppula was bringing the puck into Chicago’s zone when the guy covering him wiped out. Filppula went to the net and lost the puck before he was able to get a shot off. The puck slid towards the net and somehow it got underneath Turco and into the goal as Filppula fell down and slid into the boards. It wasn’t the prettiest of goals but who cares?

For the rest of the game the Blackhawks scrambled to tie it up but the Wings battled hard and were able to hold them off.

Osgood looked very good tonight. It’s quite a luxury to have two excellent goalies backing up your team.

Considering what a powerful team they were playing the Wings did a great job to get the lead and then hold them off through most of the third period.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
4 points

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