Dallas at Detroit (12/19/10)

The Red Wings played host to the Stars tonight. The game had an early start time of 5:00. The goalies were Osgood and Raycroft.

Detroit got off to a slow start in this game. Everybody was kind of sluggish, even Datsyuk. They all seemed lackadaisical and somewhat careless with the puck. Even so the Red Wings jumped out to a two to nothing lead in the first period.

The lead wouldn’t last long though as Dallas answered with two goals of their own later on in the period. Many of the goals were tipped or redirected so it wasn’t really a reflection of the goalies’ performances.

The Red Wings got better as the game progressed. They were better in the second and dominant in the third, although shots on goal were pretty even throughout.

Detroit was protecting a one goal lead as the game wound down but Dallas was able to tie it up.

The game ended up going to overtime and Loui Eriksson scored the game winner for the Stars.

I thought Eaves, Helm and Abdelkader played very well tonight. Abdelkader had a great fight with Ott midway through the second period. It took a little while to get going but Abdelkader nailed Ott with an uppercut and then landed one on the back of his head. Then Abdelkader took Ott to the ice. It was close but I’d give this one to Abdelkader.

I think the Wings didn’t get started early enough in this game but they played pretty well later. I wonder if the 5:00 start time threw off their routine enough to impact how ready they were at the start of the game.

Overall, the game was pretty even. The Stars played great but Detroit could have had two points out of this one. It’s a shame to have to settle for one.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
20-8-4
44 points

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