Detroit at St. Louis (1/20/11)

The Red Wings played the Blue tonight in St. Louis. Jimmy Howard was back in net for the Wings with Joey MacDonald as backup. Halak was the goalie for the Blues.

The Wings got off to a great start in this game. They had a lot of energy and put on a passing clinic. They kept up the pressure through the entire first period and had double the shots on goal that St. Louis had. They were rewarded with a nice first period goal after Zetterberg made an incredible pass to Eaves who was right on the doorstep and buried it.

In the second period the Wings only had three official shots on goal but two of them went in the net. It didn’t seem like a three shot period. I guess they must have missed the net a lot because it still seemed like Detroit was in control of the game. The first goal of the period was scored by Bertuzzi after Filppula totally faked out Halak. Filppula made it look like he was taking the puck around the back of the net but instead he dropped it off to Bertuzzi who was standing right by the goal post. Halak moved over to follow Filppula to the other side and Bertuzzi had all day to lift the puck up and into the net. Halak didn’t even look at Bertuzzi until after the puck was behind him. Later in the period Kindl scored his first NHL goal. He was in on a breakaway and tried to pass it through to Hudler but the puck hit the defenseman and deflected into the net. That put the Wings up three to nothing but TJ Oshie scored to get the Blues on the board. It was a good, quick passing play and Oshie put it over Howard’s shoulder on the glove side and into the net. So it was three to one Wings at the second intermission.

In the third period the Blues really stepped it up and momentum swung their way. Berglund and Backes both scored for the Blues to tie the game. The Berglund goal was another good passing play and a shot that beat Howard high on the glove side. Backes’ goal was more of a scrambly play where things kind of broke down and the puck was swept into the net.

The tie held until the end of regulation and the game went to overtime. A few minutes into the overtime Hudler and Helm took the puck into the Blues’ end on a breakaway. Hudler got the puck across to Helm who beat Halak with a snap shot to win the game for the Wings.

This was a good win for the Detroit. As well as they played early in the game it would have been hugely disappointing to lose or even have to settle for one point. The Wings played a great team game tonight and this was a well-deserved win.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
64 points

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