Detroit at Edmonton (1/4/11)

The Red Wings played the first of five road games in a row tonight.  They were in Edmonton to take on the Oilers.  Khabibulin was in net for Edmonton and the Wings went with Chris Osgood.  Brad Stuart was fine after being hit in the head with a puck last game, so that was very lucky.  Eaves was still out of the lineup with an upper body injury.  Of course, Modano, Cleary and Datsyuk were all out as well.

For the first two periods the Wings were in control of the game.  They had a three to one lead heading into the third after goals by Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Draper.  The Oilers only goal was scored on a defensive breakdown where Brule was left all alone in front of Osgood.

Then came the third period and everything changed.  The Oilers outshot the Wings in the third and managed to tie the game.  They scored once when Peckham received a centering pass in the slot and put it by Osgood.  Then there was a defensive zone faceoff that the Wings lost and Gagner threw it at the net.  Osgood wasn’t ready for it and it slid between his legs.

The score was tied and the Wings were battling to get the lead back.  Bertuzzi tried to pass one across the slot to a wide open Filppula but it hit the skate of an Oilers player and deflected into the net.  If it had got through to Filppula he would have buried it anyway as he was in perfect position and the net was wide open.

Then just 44 seconds later Helm was sprung by a lead pass from Abdelkader.  He entered the zone with speed and his defender fell down giving him tons of space.  Helm ripped one into the top corner of the net for the insurance goal.  It was kind of funny that 44 and 43 scored 44 seconds apart.

The Oilers pulled the goalie but they weren’t able to get another goal and the Wings didn’t get an empty-netter.   Chris Osgood made several incredible saves in this game, some right at the end when the Oilers were pressuring.  It really shows his professionalism to give up a bad goal and not get the least bit rattled.  That was win number 401 for Ozzie.

This 5-3 win brings us to:
55 points

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