New York Rangers at Detroit (2/7/11)

The Red Wings hosted the New York Rangers tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Martin Biron. The Wings welcomed Pavel Datsyuk back to the lineup tonight. Holmstrom was not quite ready to go yet so he did not play. The Wings entered the game in a slump having been shut out for the two previous games.

Detroit got off to a pretty poor start again in this game. For the first half of the opening period they had only one shot on goal even though they had a power play. The Rangers were completely in control of the game. Jimmy Howard was looking a little shaky but still managed to keep the Rangers off the board with some help from the defense and some desperation plays.

About halfway through the period it was like they flipped a switch and started competing. Datsyuk, Cleary and Helm led the way by example with their hard work. They played much better for the rest of the first period and it continued into the second.

The hard work paid off for Datsyuk early in the second period. He battled for a puck in the corner and got it out to Hudler. He then went to the net and got the puck back. He shot on the forehand and Biron stopped it but as Datsyuk was passing through the crease he reached back and backhanded the puck into the net. That broke the Wings goalless drought which had lasted for more than six periods.

The Wings continued to work hard and compete for the rest of the game. In the third period Stepan scored to tie the game. But then Hudler answered with a goal after a nice feed by Ericsson. Later in the period Miller scored on a rebound of an Abdelkader shot and put the Wings up by two. Not much later Dubinsky scored to bring the Rangers back to within a goal.

Nearing the end of the third period the Rangers had a 5 on 3 power play when the Wings high-sticked Sean Avery twice in a row. The second time he was cut so that was a double minor. The Wings killed off the penalties and held on for the win.

This was a great game once the Wings became engaged. It was awesome to see Detroit start scoring again and compete at a high level.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
70 points

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