Detroit at Chicago (10/25/08)

Detroit started Ty Conklin for this game since it was the second half of back to back games.  Khabibulin was in net for the Blackhawks.  Lilja was back in tonight after missing only two games following his emergency appendectomy.  McCarty was in as well for the first time this season because Maltby was out.

Detroit scored early in this game.  It was on a power play and Franzen got the puck near the corner.  He brought it towards the net and banked it in from behind off the goalie’s skates.

Chicago answered with their own power play goal towards the end of the first period.  It was a juicy rebound to an open area on the open side of the net.  Conklin had no chance to get back over in time.

Even though the period ended even, Chicago seemed to have more energy and more good scoring chances.  The stats said that the Red Wings had more chances but it seemed like Chicago was really playing hard.

During the first intermission they unveiled the new throwback jerseys that Detroit and Chicago will wear on New Year’s Day for the Winter Classic which is played outdoors.  This season it’ll be played at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Early into the second period Chicago scored on a lucky shot.  It looked like Conklin had it but it snuck between his legs and trickled into the net.  Just like that Detroit was behind.

Marian Hossa scored another power play goal for Detroit in the second period.  They really showed how it’s done on that one, great puck movement capped off with a great shot by Hossa.  That tied it up at two.

The tie didn’t last long however.  Havlat had the puck behind the net and he walked it out front, and put it in the top corner of the net over Conklin’s glove.

The Hawks continued pouring it on.  Right off of a face off they took a shot that was deflected and went into to the net.  At that point the Red Wings were down four to two.

The second period closed with Detroit down by two and missing Franzen.  He collided knee on knee with one of the Chicago players and left the game.  It’s not known yet how serious it is.

In the third period the Red Wings scored to close within one.  Kronwall ripped one from the point.  It looked like it changed direction in flight and it somehow got past the goalie.

It only took a few seconds after that goal for the Wings to score again.  This one was another highlight goal.  Great work between Hossa and Datsyuk.  Hossa made a great feed to Datsyuk in the middle and then Datsyuk lured Khabibulin out of position and put the puck around him.  It was a thing of beauty.  That tied the game up at four.

Halfway through the third period the Red Wings took back the lead.  Kronwall shot and the rebound came to Samuelsson with a wide open net.  He had a terrible angle tough for right handed shooter and he missed the net.  Luckily, the puck went straight through the crease to Jiri Hudler who was standing on the other side.  He had plenty of time to handle the puck and put it in.  All this took place in just a couple of seconds and it was all happening in behind the goalie who was still pretty far out of the net because of his positioning for Kronwall’s original shot.

A few minutes later Chicago ended up with a 5 on 3 power play.  They moved the puck well and Kane scored to tie the game at five.

Regulation ended with the game still tied so they headed to overtime.

Overtime didn’t settle anything so we went to a shootout.  Conklin stopped Kane, then Datsyuk beat Khabibulin.  Then Toews beat Conklin and Habby stopped Zetterberg.  Conklin stopped Sharp and then Habby stopped Hudler.  Still no winner.  Conklin stopped Havlat’s shot and then it was Hossa’s turn.  He came into the slot and just ripped it.  He went high on the glove side to beat the goalie and score the game winner.

This 5-6 win brings us to:
13 points

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