Detroit at Colorado (1/10/11)

After sweeping three road games in a row in western Canada the Red Wings were back in the States tonight but their road trip wasn’t over. They were in Colorado this time to play the Avalanche. Jimmy Howard got the start in net for the Wings and Budaj was in for the Avs.

Filppula was back in the lineup tonight but that good news was offset by the news that Chris Osgood will require sports hernia surgery and will miss between six and eight weeks. Tatar was sent back to Grand Rapids to make room for Filppula. Another bit of news today was that Kostopoulos was suspended for six games for targeting the head of Brad Stuart in the play that broke Stuart’s jaw.

As for this game, the Red Wings showed up late. They were down 4 to 1 before the game was 15 minutes old. Howard gave up one that was a soft goal but the others were defensive miscues and breakdowns. Even though I wouldn’t blame Howard for the mess, he was pulled after the Avs’ fourth goal and Joey MacDonald came in for him. The Wings scored one more goal near the end of the first period so they were down by two at the first intermission.

In the second period MacDonald gave up a goal and the Avalanche had their three goal lead back. Then Zetterberg scored a power play goal and the Red Wings really stepped it up. In the third period they pulled to within a goal of tying the game but in the end they were just in too deep of a hole to climb out.

This was a classic case of not starting on time. By the time the Wings got cranking they were too far behind and it was just too little too late. The only really nice thing about this game was that Jan Mursak scored his first NHL goal. It was a good hard working goal. He was battling in front of Budaj when he got hold of a rebound and swept it into the net. Congrats to him on the milestone!

So the Wings got six out of eight points on this road trip which is still really good. Now they head back to the Joe for one game against Columbus and then it’s back on the road for two more games.

This 4-5 loss brings us to:
59 points

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