Detroit at Calgary (1/7/11)

The Red Wings continued their western Canada road trip tonight with a game against the Flames in Calgary. The goalies were Howard and Kiprusoff. Eaves was back in the lineup tonight after recovering from an upper body injury but Filppula was out. He’s suffering from a sore groin that hopefully won’t turn into a nagging problem.

The Flames played a very determined game. They were all over the Red Wings, outshooting them in every period. There were a lot of crazy goals at both ends of the ice. Most of the goals that Howard gave up were deflections of some sort. At the other end Kiprusoff faced some deflections as well but he also gave up a few that he should have stopped.

Rafalski scored his first two goals of the season tonight in what was a milestone game for him: the 800th game of his career. Eaves and Helm also scored for the Wings. Detroit never had the lead in this game and those four goals were only enough to tie the score and send the game to overtime.

There were no goals scored in the overtime even though the Flames were on the power play for most of the final two minutes if you include the time they spent with the extra man waiting for the delayed call.

In the shootout the Wings went with Hudler, Bertuzzi and Zetterberg. The Flames selected Tanguay, Hagman and Bourque. Kiprusoff stopped Hudler and Zetterberg but Bertuzzi got one past him. Howard stopped all three of the Flames shooters to give the Red Wings the win.

This was a tough win for the Wings; they had to really gut it out. With so many of their top guys out they were able to continue stepping it up and getting goals from other people. It was made even tougher by the loss of Stuart who was hit in the face by a shoulder from Kostopoulis in the third period. Stuart was down for a while and left the ice spitting blood. He did not return to the game. Kostopoulis was called for roughing and I’m sure the league will review the play to see if they should hand down a suspension for the head shot.

All things considered this was a good two points for the Wings against a Calgary team that played very hard.

This 5-4 win brings us to:
57 points

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