Detroit at Anaheim (10/29/08)

The last two Stanley Cup champions, Detroit and Anaheim, faced off for Wednesday night’s game.  Osgood was in net for the Red Wings and J.S. Giguiere was in for the Ducks.

Midway through the first period Detroit struck first with a power play goal.  Hossa made a soft pass to Datsyuk in the slot.  Datsyuk just redirected it towards Holmstrom and the net.  Homer let it go between his legs and past Giguiere.  The Red Wings showed excellent teamwork on that game.

A few minutes later the penalty parade began.  The Red Wings had three penalties in less than a minute.  Anaheim had a 5 on 3 for about a minute and a half.  They scored a goal before the first penalty expired.  Getzlaf made great pass to Selanne who roofed it in behind Osgood.  The third penalty started after that goal so they still had 41 seconds of 5 on 3.  Detroit killed the next penalty and then the Ducks still had over a minute of power play.  Detroit killed that off, too.  After so much 5 on 3 time it was pretty lucky just to still be tied at one.

With just 1:42 left in the first period Pronger released a bomb that beat Osgood during 4 on 4 play.  The goal was waved off however because of gaolie interference.  Selanne got the penalty on the play because he knocked Samuelsson into Osgood.

After an exciting first period the score was tied at one.

Early in the second period McCarty and Brad May went at it.  Neither one connected too many times, maybe about once each.  It wasn’t much of a fight but it’s the thought that counts.  :-)

Hossa and Datsyuk teamed up for a goal again in the second.  Datsyuk was going hard to the net and Hossa made a really hard pass to him.  Datsyuk tipped it in.  The play was so fast and the pass so hard that Giguiere never had a chance.

Then later in the second Detroit got another power play goal and again it was redirected in front of the net.  This time it was Rafalski who passed to Zetterberg in front of the net.  Zetterberg got the goal by tipping it past Giguiere.  That put the Red Wings up by two goals.

Near the end of the second Anaheim had another 5 on 3 power play.  Before the end of the first penalty Selanne passed in front of the net and the puck went in off of Lilja’s skate.  That brought the Ducks back within one.  Before Anaheim’s power play ended they took a penalty to even things up for an extended 4 on 4.

The second period ended with the Red Wings up three to two.

Detroit failed to capitalize on two Ducks penalties that resulted in a short 5 on 3.  Then the Ducks got a power play and Selanne scored again giving him a hat trick and bringing the Ducks back even with the Wings.

Then Anaheim scored an even strength goal.  They got the puck in deep and Getzlaf passed to Perry.  Perry passed to Sutherby in the slot who buried it.  The Ducks had the lead for the first time in the game.

With less than a minute and a half to go Detroit tied it up.  Cleary made the pass from in deep to Zetterberg who was charging the net.  Zetterberg roofed it perfectly and Cleary took a huge hit in order to make the pass.  He got up slowly but it looked like he was alright.

For the third time in a row the Red Wings ended up tied with their opponent at the end of regulation.   

In the OT the Ducks drove the net and Osgood poke checked the puck into the air.  Beauchemin swatted it out of the air and into the net to end the game.  There was a review to see if he hit it with a high stick, but they let the goal stand.

Detroit continues to play well only part of the time.  They took way too many penalties and made a lot of sloppy plays and turnovers.  At least they got a point tonight, but they definitely have room to improve.

This 5-4 overtime loss brings us to:
16 points

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