Atlanta at Detroit (10/24/08)

Tonight Atlanta played Detroit for just the tenth time in history.  The game started with a bang when the Red Wings got a Power play just 23 seconds in.  Atlanta was attempting to clear and Zetterberg made a great play to knock the puck down and keep it in the zone.  A few passes later it came back to Zetterberg in front of the net.  He picked a corner and made it look easy, giving the Wings an early one to nothing lead.

Later in the first Atlanta attacked and took a shot that Osgood stopped.  The rebound came right back out in front and bounced off of Lebda’s skate and into the net.  That tied the game at one apiece.

Just a few seconds later Marian Hossa showed his old team what he’s capable of.  He stole the puck at the blue line just before the Thrashers would have brought it out.  Then he made a series of incredible moves which resulted in the goalie diving towards him and leaving the net exposed.  He went forehand to backhand one last time and I swear he was already behind the net at that point.  It was a truly amazing goal and an impressive individual effort.  This goal will surely be one of the highlight goals of the year.  Even though he scored the game winner in OT the other night, this one, to me, had more of an impact.  I could almost feel him becoming a Red Wing after that goal.  That kind of effort will go a long way towards becoming accepted on a new team.  Not only that, but it also must have really hurt the morale of the Thrashers.

In the second period Detroit scored another beautiful goal.  Hossa made a great pass to Kronwall who carried the puck in deep.  He made a really unexpected and difficult pass back to Hossa right in the middle of the slot.  Hossa one-timed it into the net.  It was a bang bang play that you wouldn’t really expect to see between Kronwall and Hossa, but it sure was pretty.

Just over a minute later the game turned ridiculous when the Red Wings scored AGAIN.  Franzen shot the puck and Zetterberg, all alone at the side of the net, put it into the top corner making it four to one.  The Red Wings were really firing on all cylinders at that point.  

In the third period Atlanta scored a goal during a 5 on 3 power play making the score four to two and leaving them with 1:33 left on the power play.  Then Detroit put the puck in the seats from their own end so the Thrashers had another 5 on 3 power play and this was a long one.  Ozzie made some saves and got lucky with a goal post and the Wings were able to kill off the 5 on 3.  Then Atlanta got a penalty and Detroit went on the power play.  Several more penalties and no goals later the game settled down into a rhythm again.

With 3:49 left in the game Atlanta scored again to bring them within one goal of tying the game.  It was kind of a scrum in front of the net and Sterling whacked at it.  Osgood got a piece of it but not enough and Sterling poked it again to make sure it crossed the line.

The Thrashers pulled their goalie at the end of the game and Cleary scored the empty net goal to wrap up the game.  The game ended with the Red Wings winning five to three.

This 5-3 win brings us to:
11 points

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