Detroit at Calgary (11/22/08)

The Red Wings were in Calgary tonight to play the Flames.  Conklin was the goalie for the Wings and Kiprusoff got the start for the Flames.  Holmstrom was out again with back spasms.  Meech was playing forward to take his place.

I missed the first four and a half minutes of the game because the previous game went to a shootout and the NHL Network stayed with that one until it ended.  They switched to the Red Wings just as Maltby drove the net and scored to give the Wings the early lead.  Good timing there!  The goal was set up by a nice feed from Lilja.

There was a lot of action but no more scoring in the first period.  Detroit was playing pretty well.  The Flames got few scoring chances and when they did Conklin was there to make the save.

About halfway through the second period Lebda skated the puck into the zone and let go a quick wrister from above the top of the of the circle.  It was a great shot that I think surprised Kiprusoff.  That was Lebda’s first goal of the season.

A few seconds later the Flames answered with a goal of their own.  Glencross brought the puck out from behind Detroit’s net and Conklin was kind of hunched over.  Glencross put the puck up and over Conklin’s shoulder into the net.

There was some great end to end action through the rest of the second period but no more scoring.  There were lots of big saves especially by Kiprusoff.  Conklin had his share as well but since the Flames had fewer chances he didn’t have as much work.

In the third period the Flames had a power play in which they controlled the puck almost the entire time but never got a single shot on goal.  A few minutes later they got another power play and Giordano scored to tie it up at two.  Calgary had all sorts of momentum after that goal.  They continued pressuring hard.

A couple of minutes later Zetterberg was tripped in the offensive zone.  The Red Wings had control so there was a delayed whistle.  Hudler was the extra man who came off the bench in place of Conklin.  Just as he was streaking into the zone to join the play Zetterberg passed it to him.  He released a bomb of a slapshot that beat Kiprusoff.  It was a great shot and a very opportunistic play by the Wings.

As the third period wound down the Flames were pressuring big time.  Datsyuk got the puck and skated into the zone with no other Wings and two Flames covering him.  He made a great move to beat his defenders and released a shot that slipped past Kiprusoff into the net.  That gave Detroit their two goal lead back.

Calgary pulled their goalie at the end and Hossa scored an empty net goal.

This was a good solid road game.  The only negative was that the Flames seemed to have the puck a lot more than I’d like to see.  It was a good battle though and a great win for the Red Wings especially when dealing some key injuries.

This 5-2 win brings us to:
31 points

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