Vancouver at Detroit (10/16/08)

Tonight was Alex Delvecchio night at Joe Louis Arena.  They had a nice ceremony honoring him before the game and they unveiled some new artwork with pictures honoring his career.  There was a ceremonial puck drop, and they put out a new statue today of Alex which is similar in style to the one of Gordie Howe.

In lineup news, Zetterberg was out tonight with a minor groin injury (if there is such a thing).  Helm was called up from Grand Rapids to fill out the roster.

Vancouver scored first when a shot came back off the boards to the side of the net and Osgood couldn’t get back over in time.  There was nothing Ozzie could have done about that one.  

After that the Red Wings were buzzing and their pressure resulted in a power play.  During the power play Datsyuk ripped a shot that looked like it hit the crossbar but Mickey Redmond immediately called it.  He said it sounded like a back bar clank.  On the replay it was clear that he was right.  It hit the back bar inside the net and came out so fast that nobody noticed it.  They reviewed the play and awarded the goal.  It was redirected by Holmstrom though so he got credit for the goal and Datsyuk and Lidstrom got the assists.  

Vancouver scored again not long later.  It was another redirection.  Ozzie was in position but it was directed down just in front of him.  There wasn’t much he could have done about that one either.

That ended the first period scoring.

In the second period the Red Wings tied it up with a power play goal by Rafalski.  There was a hard shot off the back boards that came back to Rafalski who one-timed it for a great goal.

The Red Wings took the lead when Dan Cleary came out of the penalty box and was sprung for a breakaway.  He was one on one against Luongo who stopped the first shot but Cleary got another whack at it as he went by and poked it through.  It was a great example of persistence by Cleary sticking with the play even after he took his shot.

After that Osgood made a series of spectacular saves to keep the Wings on top and the period ended with the Red Wings up 3 to 2.

The Canucks tied it up early in the third after the Red Wings turned the puck over.  It was about a three on one entering the zone.  Ozzie stopped the first shot but the rebound came back to the trailing skater who drove it home.

The tie held until the end of regulation so the game went to overtime.  It took less than 30 seconds in the overtime period for the Canucks to score.  It was ANOTHER hard shot off the back boards that came back to the front.  Osgood was beat to the short side on this one.

It wasn’t a very good performance by the Wings but it seemed like one of those nights where a bunch of crazy stuff goes wrong.  Oh well, it happens.  Time to forget about and think about Saturday.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
2-1-1
5 points

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