Detroit at Minnesota (12/26/10)

Tonight the Red Wings played the first of back to back road games. They faced off against the Wild tonight with Howard in net. Minnesota went with Backstrom.

The Red Wings had great energy tonight. They had a lot of jump right from the start of the game. The weird thing about this one was that they scored the first two goals on really poor scoring chances from behind the goal line. Zetterberg banked the first one in off of Backstrom’s rear end. Cleary put the second one in with a shot along the goal line that somehow squeezed between Backstrom’s skate and the post.

In the second period Draper had a nice tip-in goal. Kronwall shot the puck and Draper hit it in mid-air. It made the puck start fluttering and it went right over Backstrom’s shoulder. Later in the second period Holmstrom scored a tough power play goal in which he had to contort his body and shoot the puck between his own legs. Not only that, but he was getting knocked down at the same time. He ended up landing on his own stick and breaking it as the puck went into the net. It was a great, hard-working goal.

Jimmy Howard was strong at the Wings’ end and made lots of incredible saves, but the Wild broke the shut-out with about three minutes left in the game. It was a power play goal scored by Brent Burns. Howard stopped the first shot but Burns popped in the rebound.

This seemed like a game where both teams were working hard but the puck was just bouncing right for Detroit. This makes up for one of the games where Detroit did everything right but just couldn’t get the puck in the net.

The only downside of the game was that Cleary was hit by a Brad Stuart slap shot. It was hard to tell on the replay but it looked like it hit right on the outside of his ankle bone. He had a tough time getting to the bench but he didn’t go to the dressing room. He played a little more after that but not much. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious!

This 4-1 win brings us to:
48 points

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