New York Rangers at Detroit (10/18/08)

Tonight was Ted Lindsay night at Joe Louis arena.  It was the counterpart to Alex Delvecchio night which was held last Thursday.  They unveiled some new artwork similar to the one the other night.  Earlier in the day they also unveiled another concourse statue of Ted to match the ones of Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe.

Zetterberg was out with a sore groin and Brad Stuart was also out with a bruised leg after blocking a shot in the last game.

Meech made the most of his opportunity filling in for Stuart.  He ripped one from the point about 30 seconds into the game.  The shot was redirected by Samuelsson and into the net giving the Red Wings the early lead.  The shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and down into the net.

Just a few minutes later Filppula entered the zone and shot the puck.  All the Rangers were focused on the shot and Franzen was pretty much ignored coming up the middle.  Lundqvist stopped the shot but the rebound came right to Franzen and he buried it.  That made it 2 to 0 inside of four minutes.

The Rangers got into the game before the midpoint of the first period.  The Red Wings were all digging for the puck in the corner and nobody bothered with Callahan.  Gomez made a nice pass to him and he was wide open against Osgood with all kinds of time and space to pick his shot.  Osgood made a move and Callahan beat him.

In the second period the Red Wings scored again.  Hossa passed to Lidstrom who took the shot which was then deflected by Holmstrom and then off the skate of a Ranger player.  Homer got credit for the goal.

A couple minutes after the Wings goal, the Rangers scored an answering goal.  The Wings were focusing on Gomez and he passed it to the open Dawes who beat Ozzy.

The second period ended with the Red Wings winning 3 to 2.

Early in the third period the Rangers scored to tie the game at 3.  They had some sustained pressure  with four or five good chances and finally Rozsival popped it in.

Just a few minutes later New York took the lead when Voros shot from behind the net and banked it in off of Ozzy.  After that Mike Babcock took his timeout to settle things down a bit.

Towards the end of the third period the Rangers were called for too many men on the ice.  The Red Wings made them pay with a power play goal to tie it up again.  Kronwall took a shot from the point that was stopped by Lundqvist but he offered up a juicy rebound that was driven home by Hudler.

At the end of regulation the score was still tied but it didn’t take much overtime to decide a winner.  Just a few seconds in, Datsyuk made a great pass to Hossa in front of the net.  Hossa scored for his first goal as a Red Wing and his 300th goal of his career.  As an overtime game winner it couldn’t have come at a better time.

This 5-4 win brings us to:
3-1-1
7 points

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