Detroit at Dallas (12/29/10)

The Red Wings played the Stars in Dallas tonight. Jimmy Howard was the goalie for Detroit and Dallas went with Kari Lehtonen. Rafalski and Zetterberg had both been nursing sore backs but they were okay by game time so they were in the lineup. Mursak was also in again after being called up before the last game to help fill in for all the injured forwards.

The first period was kind of strange. Dallas badly outshot the Red Wings but it still seemed to me like the Wings were in control. Detroit scored the only goal of the period when Bertuzzi spotted Hudler on the other side of the slot and made a perfect pass to him. Hudler one-timed it into his half-open side of the net. Although the Wings were outshot, scoring chances were nearly even.

The second period was even crazier than the first. Dallas scored three goals in under a minute and half. The first one happened when Brad Richards got in behind the defense and beat Howard one on one. Then Fistric fired one after a face off win that was deflected on the way to the net.  Howard had no chance on that one. Then it was a rebound that popped out quickly to Benn who shot it in before Howard could reposition himself. Just like that the Stars were up three to one. It was tied again by the end of the period though as Lidstrom and Eaves both scored great goals.

The third period was all Detroit. Brad Stuart scored first, and then later Draper scored as well. Then Eaves scored his second of the night. In the final few minutes the Stars pulled their goalie and Eaves got an empty-netter. Although the net was empty, it wasn’t an easy goal. He shot it from his own zone under pressure after handling a bouncing puck. That gave Eaves his first career hat trick and the Red Wings fans in the building let their hats fly.

This was an excellent road game for the Red Wings. They played with a lot of energy and they really showed their depth as lots of guys continued to step it up in the scoring department in the absence of some of their top point getters. Hudler, Lidstrom, Franzen and Bertuzzi all had two point nights. Eaves had four points!

This 7-3 win brings us to:
24-9-4
52 points

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