Dallas at Detroit (2/24/11)

The Dallas Stars came to Joe Louis Arena to play the Red Wings tonight. The goaltenders were Jimmy Howard and Kari Lehtonen. Eaves was out of the lineup after being injured in the previous game. Luckily his knees are okay, it’s just a sore groin and he’s only expected to miss a few weeks. Mursak was called up to fill in for him.

It was another slow start for the Wings tonight. In the first period they were outshot by the Stars even though they had two power plays. Ribeiro scored towards the end of the period and then, even worse, Loui Eriksson scored a shorthanded goal with just a few seconds left. So the Red Wings went to the dressing room down two to nothing after one period.

Detroit came to life in the second period. Early on it looked like Rafalski had scored but the goal was waved off because of incidental contact between Holmstrom and Lehtonen. About halfway through the period Barch scored to make it three to nothing Stars. A few seconds later things started to get nasty after Ribeiro gave Howard a jab and a lot of pushing and shoving ensued. No actual fights broke out but there was a long list of penalties. There was no more scoring in the second period so the Wings were down three to nothing to start the third.

Early in the third period tempers flared when Ott started slashing at Franzen. Ericsson took exception to it and dropped the gloves. Ott landed a few punches towards the end but it was pretty clear that Ericsson won the fight. That’s saying something since Ott is a pretty experienced fighter. Towards the end of the period the Red Wings finally got on the board when Holmstrom scored a power play goal. They pulled goalie in the final few minutes but Langenbrunner scored an empty netter and that was all she wrote.

Once the Wings got going they badly outshot the Stars but Lehtonen played remarkably well and they had already spotted them two goals by that point. Detroit hasn’t been playing very well at home lately; maybe they’re too comfortable there. The good news is that the next five games are on the road.

This 4-1 loss brings us to:
37-18-6
80 points

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