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Detroit at Colorado (1/10/11)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

After sweeping three road games in a row in western Canada the Red Wings were back in the States tonight but their road trip wasn’t over. They were in Colorado this time to play the Avalanche. Jimmy Howard got the start in net for the Wings and Budaj was in for the Avs.

Filppula was back in the lineup tonight but that good news was offset by the news that Chris Osgood will require sports hernia surgery and will miss between six and eight weeks. Tatar was sent back to Grand Rapids to make room for Filppula. Another bit of news today was that Kostopoulos was suspended for six games for targeting the head of Brad Stuart in the play that broke Stuart’s jaw.

As for this game, the Red Wings showed up late. They were down 4 to 1 before the game was 15 minutes old. Howard gave up one that was a soft goal but the others were defensive miscues and breakdowns. Even though I wouldn’t blame Howard for the mess, he was pulled after the Avs’ fourth goal and Joey MacDonald came in for him. The Wings scored one more goal near the end of the first period so they were down by two at the first intermission.

In the second period MacDonald gave up a goal and the Avalanche had their three goal lead back. Then Zetterberg scored a power play goal and the Red Wings really stepped it up. In the third period they pulled to within a goal of tying the game but in the end they were just in too deep of a hole to climb out.

This was a classic case of not starting on time. By the time the Wings got cranking they were too far behind and it was just too little too late. The only really nice thing about this game was that Jan Mursak scored his first NHL goal. It was a good hard working goal. He was battling in front of Budaj when he got hold of a rebound and swept it into the net. Congrats to him on the milestone!

So the Wings got six out of eight points on this road trip which is still really good. Now they head back to the Joe for one game against Columbus and then it’s back on the road for two more games.

This 4-5 loss brings us to:
27-11-5
59 points

Detroit at Colorado (12/27/10)

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The Red Wings were in Colorado tonight for the second half of back to back road games. Budaj was the goalie for the Avs. For the Red Wings it was Chris Osgood who was trying once again to bag his 400th career victory.

The first period went back and forth with each team scoring two goals. Jiri Hudler finally scored with a great power play goal. He attempted to pass the puck twice and it kept coming back to him. Finally, he shot it and it was a beauty that burned Budaj cleanly. Franzen also scored a power play goal for the Wings in the first period.

At the other end of the ice Colorado scored the first goal of the game after Osgood made the first stop and then Duchene picked up the rebound and popped it home. The Avs’ second goal was pretty soft. It went through Osgood’s legs. It looked like one that he should have stopped.

Luckily, Osgood is a professional and giving up that leaky goal didn’t do anything except motivate him. From that point on he was unbelievable. He made so many amazing saves. The team seemed a bit tired and they kept getting hemmed in their own end for long stretches in the second period. At times it seemed like Osgood was taking on the entire Colorado team by himself. He stood on his head all through the second period to keep the game tied at two.

In the third period Lidstrom scored after a nice pass from Hudler to give the Wings the lead. With just a few minutes left though, Colorado went on the power play and scored to tie it up again.

The game went to overtime and the Wings ended up with a power play. Kronwall got the game winning power play goal which was set up beautifully by Lidstrom and Zetterberg.

After the game winner was scored, Osgood was mobbed by his teammates who came charging off the bench to congratulate him on number 400. It’s an incredible milestone in what is sure to be a hall of fame career.

Some other items of note: all four of the Red Wings’ goals tonight were scored on the power play. Lidstrom had a four point night. Hudler and Kronwall each had two points. Holmstrom was hit in the face with a puck and left the game for a long time. He did return and was fine but his nose was stitched up and swollen. It’ll probably look pretty bad by tomorrow. Shattenkirk was also hit in the head by a slap shot that deflected upwards. He left the game and also returned later.

It was sure great to see Osgood get his 400th win and to do it the way he did was very fitting. The team really needed him to come up big for this one and that’s exactly what he did. He was so amazing in the second period that on at least two occasions the Colorado crowd could be clearly heard chanting Oz-ZIE, Oz-ZIE! It was almost like home. You know the Wings are tired when they give up 49 shots on goal like they did tonight. Osgood made 46 saves and absolutely stole this game from the Avs.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
23-9-4
50 points

Colorado at Detroit (11/13/10)

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The Wings played the Avalanche tonight at Joe Louis Arena with Howard and Budaj as the starting goaltenders.  Eaves was in the lineup and Miller was a healthy scratch as Babcock continues having them take turns.

This was a pretty one sided game with the Wings dominating.  For the first two periods Colorado hardly had the puck.  The Avs turned it around a little in the third period by activating their defense to pressure the Red Wings and by getting some power play time.

Bertuzzi scored a beautiful goal after a nice setup from Franzen.  It was a pinpoint shot that was placed just over Budaj’s shoulder in what was, just barely, a puck-sized hole.

Hudler scored his first goal of the season and was visibly relieved to be rid of the goose egg.  He had just come out of the penalty box and Lidstrom sprung him with a long outlet pass.  Hudler had trouble catching up to the puck and didn’t get much on the shot.  But as Budaj blocked it the puck came back into Hudler’s feet and he took it with him behind the net.  He put the puck back towards Budaj from near the back boards and banked it in off of Budaj’s skate.  It was a great second effort by Hudler and a pretty creative play to find a way to make something out of nothing.

Cleary also scored a goal after a very nice pass by Bertuzzi.  It was a backhand shot that might have been deflected on the way to Budaj.

At the other end of the ice Howard didn’t have much to do for most of the game.  In the third period Colorado was a little more active.  Detroit got into some penalty trouble and the Avs had a 5 on 3 for 37 seconds.  Howard’s skate got tangled up with the skate of an Avs player and he wasn’t able to get back into position in time to stop a shot by Liles.  The contact was outside of the crease so there was no goalie interference but you could hardly fault Howard for giving up that one.

Colorado pulled their goalie with over two minutes left in the game but neither team was able to score another goal.

The Wings won their third game in a row in pretty convincing fashion.  They were dominant and played a very solid, complete game.

This 1-3 win brings us to:
11-3-1
23 points

Colorado at Detroit (10/12/10)

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Tonight the Avalanche were in Detroit to play the Wings.  The Avs were playing the second night of back to back games and the Wings were rested.  The goalies were Howard and Budaj.

This was a pretty entertaining game but the Wings were inconsistent.  For stretches they looked really good but then they would ease off and Colorado would outwork them.  The Avs outshot the Wings and for the most part outplayed them.

Franzen scored twice in this game, once on an incredible pass from Filppula.  Datsyuk scored a nice tip-in power play goal and Eaves scored shorthanded on a great set up from Helm.  Janik had a fight with McLeod but was never able to get his hand free to swing.  He took a lot of punches but didn’t dish out very much.  The team seemed to appreciate the effort though.

Regulation ended with the game tied and there was a spirited overtime period.  After several good scoring chances both ways the OT ended with no resolution.

Howard and Budaj faced off in a pretty lengthy shootout battle.  The first one to score was Brandon Yip on the 12th shot of the shootout.  That won it for the Avs so the Wings had to settle for a single point.

At times the Red Wings looked excellent in this game but it was too inconsistent.  They missed a golden opportunity to squeeze an extra point out of a tired Colorado team.

This 5-4 overtime loss brings us to:
2-0-1
5 points

Detroit at Colorado (3/1/10)

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Well, the Olympics are over and it was a quite a show. Congratulations to Mike Babcock and Steve Yzerman for Team Canada’s gold medal performance. Congratulations also to Brian Rafalski for Team USA’s silver medal. Rafalski was awesome in the Olympics including back to back two goal games. Paul Stastny of the Avalanche was also on Team USA. And, congrats to Filppula for his bronze medal with Team Finland. Filppula got one extra day of rest since the bronze medal game was on Saturday. The rest of the Red Wings’ Olympians had multiple days off since they didn’t make it to the final four.

There’s no rest for the weary as Detroit and Colorado jumped right back into their NHL seasons just one day after the gold medal game. Game on!

Tonight’s game was on the road in Denver. Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings and Craig Anderson was the goalie for the Avs. One big bit of news was that Lilja returned to the net lineup tonight after being out for a full year. Welcome back, Andreas! Maltby decided to go ahead with his shoulder surgery so he went onto long term injured reserve which freed up the cap space needed for Lilja to come back.

The Red Wings didn’t waste much time getting warmed up. In the first period the Wings brought the puck up ice and Stuart dished it back to Datsyuk. Datsyuk passed across to Holmstrom streaking up the left wing. Holmstrom ripped a perfect shot and buried it to take the early lead one to nothing.

A few minutes later the Wings went on the power play. Lidstrom shot the puck and the rebound was turned aside to the corner. Holmstrom went after it and passed it to Franzen. Franzen walked it towards the net and fired it, beating Anderson and giving the Wings the two goal lead.

In the second period the Red Wings had a power play goal waived off because of incidental contact with the goalie. It was a very questionable call. Holmstrom was definitely in the crease but he hardly made any contact with Anderson. Apparently Kerry Fraser felt that he was preventing Anderson from moving freely in the crease.

A few minutes after that, the Avalanche scored. Chris Stewart passed the puck from behind the net to the slot where Stastny whacked at it. Howard stopped it but Galliardi was there to put it right back on net, beating Howard for the Avs’ first goal of the night.

Not long after their first goal Colorado tied it up. Stewart fired it on net and it got between Howard’s legs. This was one that he’d probably want to do over since I’m sure he could stop it nine times out of ten.

Just past the halfway point of the third period the Red Wings were on the power play. Datsyuk worked the puck down low and crossed in front of the net with it. It looked for all the world like he was going to shoot and the longer he held it the farther over Anderson moved. Instead of shooting he put a nice bow on it and dished it back to Lidstrom who was standing in the high slot. He received the pass and shot it into the net, which was wide open. Fantastic play by Datsyuk! That made it three to two Red Wings.

Colorado pressured hard and pulled their goalie at the end but the score held. The Red Wings won it three to two.

It was a great game for the Wings. The Avalanche didn’t play very well for the first half of the game but the Red Wings looked really sharp and had a ton of energy. I’d say the time off (for some) and the extra work (for others) has been beneficial for the Wings. Now they just need to keep it rolling.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
29-21-12
70 points

Colorado at Detroit (12/31/09)

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The Colorado Avalanche were in town tonight to play the Red Wings in this New Year’s Eve game. The goalies for tonight’s game were Craig Anderson for the Avs and Jimmy Howard for the Wings. Patrick Eaves was out with the flu so Leino was back in the lineup to replace him.

The Avs came out ready to play. In the first 10 seconds they had a scoring chance and the Red Wings took a penalty trying to stop them so they went shorthanded right off the bat. The Red Wings killed it off and Helm actually drew a penalty during the kill so they had a power play as well. No goals were scored on the power plays and things settled down a bit after that.

The first period ended with no goals but at the very end of the period Yip was called for delay of game when he put the puck over the glass with just 1.8 seconds left. Detroit started the second period on the power play. The Avs killed off the power play though so the game remained scoreless.

In the second period Datsyuk took the puck into the Avs zone and ripped a wicked shot into the top corner of the net. It was a heck of a shot and it burned Anderson cleanly making it one to nothing Detroit.

Towards the end of the second period the Avs were on the power play. Draper cleared the puck out to center ice. Hejduk was heading towards the puck nonchalantly not realizing that Helm was approaching to do some fore checking. Helm noticed he was unexpected and jumped on the opportunity. He grabbed the puck and took off all alone towards the Avs goal. He took it in and blasted it into the same top corner of the net that Datsyuk hit earlier. It was a shorthanded goal and it made it two nothing Wings. That play really showed Helm’s speed and skill. He’s such a great penalty killer.

With just 8 seconds left in the penalty the puck bounced way up in the air and dropped down in the slot. Howard came out to try to clear it but he missed it. It got behind him and Yip was there to put it in the net. Howard had kind of gambled on the poke check and he was just a bit too late to get it cleanly away.

In the third period Holmstrom was sent to the box for a crosscheck in front of the Colorado net. During the penalty Tucker passed to Yip in front of the Wings goal. Rafalski was there but he tripped over Howard’s skate and Yip scored tying the game at two.

Late in the third period Meech released a shot from the point. Leino knocked it down out of the air and it bounced down and between Anderson’s skates and into the net. They had to review the play to see if it was a high stick but it was called a good goal so Leino had made it three to two Red Wings.

With 1:59 to go in the game Filppula was called for tripping on a terrible call. There was no trip at all. If anything they could have called a hook but even that would have been a weak call. Colorado pulled their goalie for the power play. During the penalty kill Helm got the puck in the Red Wings end and sent it down the ice and into the empty net. It was Helm’s second shorty of the night and it made it four to two Red Wings.

This was a very important win for the Wings since they’re chasing Colorado in the standings. It was critical for the Red Wings to get two points tonight without allowing Colorado to get any.

Helm had an amazing game tonight. Datsyuk also played really well. In fact the team as a whole was pretty much on tonight. They sure didn’t look like a team that’s decimated by injury.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
20-14-6
46 points

Detroit at Colorado (10/24/09)

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings moved on to Denver to play the Avalanche in the second game of their five game road trip. The Avalanche had just played the night before. Anderson was their goalie and he was also their goalie the previous night because Budaj was out with the flu. Jimmy Howard was the goalie for the Wings.

For most of the first period play went back and forth without much offense developing at either end. The puck seemed to be pinballing all over the place and nobody could really control it for very long.

With 6:26 left in the first period Zetterberg was high-sticked by Stastny and cut on the nose. Stastny got the automatic double minor so the Wings had four minutes of power play time to work with.

The Red Wings generated a ton of offense on the power play but weren’t able to score. They moved the puck very well and were in Colorado’s end for about two full minutes at one stretch but Anderson had an answer for every shot on goal.

With about a minute and half left in the first period Lebda high-sticked Stewart and was given a double minor. The Avs would have their chance at four minutes of power play time.

The first period ended with no score.

The Avs had 2:26 of carry over power play time on a fresh sheet of ice to start the second period. The Wings did a great job of killing off the rest of the power play time and the score remained zero to zero.

Shortly after the power play ended Draper was in front of the net and Cleary sent the puck his way. It looked like it hit Draper in the skates. He was able to come up with it and muscle it into the net for the first goal of the night. That made it one to nothing Red Wings.

Later in second period the puck was in the Red Wings end. Ericsson and Rafalski were trying to get control of the it and get it out but they couldn’t come up with it. Rafalski passed it to Ericsson who gloved it and dropped on the ice but he fanned on it with his stick and Stewart stole it from him. Stewart passed it to Galiardi in front of the net. He chipped it up with a backhand and put over Howard and into the net tying the game at one each. It was obviously very frustrating for Ericsson since he was the one who turned it over.

There was no more scoring in the second period so they went to intermission still tied at one. Howard made some nice saves in the final minute of the period to preserve the tie. He was having a pretty good game. He looked very relaxed and reliable out there. After two periods Detroit was outshooting the Avs 28 to 16 but the score didn’t reflect it.

In the first few seconds of the third period Holmstrom was called for hooking. On the power play the Avs pretty much had their way with the Red Wings defense. Howard was forced to make save after save and was also aided by a post at one point.

About halfway through the third period Chris Stewart took the puck into the Red Wings end. He got around Lebda and snapped it from about the top of the circle. The shot beat Howard to give the Avalanche the lead two to one.

Later in the period the Red Wings had close to four consecutive minutes of power play time and weren’t able to score thanks to Anderson’s goaltending and Colorado’s defense doing a great job clearing the puck.

With three minutes left the Red Wings got another power play when Stastny was called for tripping. That was the Wings’ seventh power play attempt of the night. When the power play was down to two seconds left and about a minute left in the game Detroit pulled their goalie before a faceoff in the Avalanche end. They also took their timeout to set up the play. However, the Wings lost the faceoff and it came to Stastny who had just exited the penalty box. He took it up ice and scored the empty net goal giving the Avs the two goal lead.

That was all she wrote for this game. The Red Wings power play was terribly ineffective tonight although they did have a lot of shots. The team as a whole had a ton of shots on goal but Anderson was just too good. I thought that once again Bertuzzi had a great game but just hasn’t been able to finish. His strength and speed are both there; he just needs to work on his accuracy. Howard played pretty well for the most part. He gave them a chance to win but in this case that wasn’t enough.

The Red Wings goal for this road trip was to win at least three of the five games. They’re going to have to sweep the rest of them to do that now. They’ve got some things to work on if they’re going to make that happen.

This 1-3 loss brings us to:
3-4-2
8 points

Colorado at Detroit (10/17/09)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Tonight a talented young Colorado Avalanche came to Detroit to face the Red Wings. The Avs have been off to a great start this season but the Red Wings have been perfect at the Joe. We can’t say that they’re perfect at home because one of the two losses in Sweden was considered a home game but at Joe Louis Arena they’re undefeated.

Datsyuk was still out for this game but he’s expected back for the next one. Osgood was in net for the Wings and for the Avs it was Craig Anderson. Anderson is a big part of why they Avs have been winning; he’s just starting to come into his own and he entered this game with the best save percentage in the league. The Avs have been winning even though they’ve been outshot by an average of 9 shots per game so you really have to give Anderson a lot of credit for the wins.

Early in the game Adam Foote took a puck up high that stung him for a few minutes. It might have caught him in the jaw or the side of the face. He stayed on the bench after leaving the ice and he wasn’t bleeding so it wasn’t too bad.

Helm and Abdelkader were doing some good work together early in the first period. Then Helm took the puck to the net. He skated into the slot with all kinds of traffic in the way. He tried to stick handle to his backhand but lost the puck. Luckily he lost it to the trailing Abdelkader who slid the puck under everybody and into the net. That gave the Wings the early lead one to nothing. That was Abdelkader’s first regular season goal of his career (he’s only had playoff goals up until that one).

Later in the first period Brad May fought with Cody McLeod. It was a good fight with both guys landing a few haymakers. I’d call it a draw punch-wise but I think it gave more of a boost to the Wings than it did to the Avs.

It was a great first period for the Red Wings. They outshot the Avalanche 13 to 5 and did a really good job on the forecheck. They seemed to have a lot more energy right from the start of the game than they’ve had in any game so far this season.

Zetterberg was hooked near the end of the first period so the Red Wings had almost a minute and a half of power play time to start the second. The Red Wings were in control on the power play. They kept the puck in the Avalanche end and were moving it at will. Bertuzzi owned the front of the net. Adam Foote was trying to defend him but it looked like he was trying to move an Oak tree. Cleary passed from the top of the circle to Zetterberg at the bottom of the circle. Zetterberg sent it towards the net and Bertuzzi tipped it in to give the Red Wings the two to nothing lead. That was Bertuzzi’s first goal of the season. He’s been looking better and better every game in my opinion and it was nice to see his efforts finally pay off with a goal.

Throughout the second period the Red Wings continued their domination of the Avalanche. They were outworking and outskating the Avs every shift.

The Red Wings were called for too many men on the ice near the end of the second period so the Avs had about a minute and a half of power play time to start the third period. The Wings successfully killed off the penalty. The Avs had a pretty good scoring chance just after the penalty expired but Osgood made a nice glove save to preserve the score.

Zetterberg, Cleary and Bertuzzi had a glorious scoring chance in the third period. It was all set up by a nice takeaway by Zetterberg. He ended up getting a great feed from Bertuzzi for a one-timer but Anderson snagged it out of the air with his glove.

Williams was high-sticked just after a faceoff and cut pretty badly, so the Wings had four minutes of power play time. Williams went straight to the dressing room with a towel on his face to get stitched up.

The Red Wings didn’t score on the power play but they had several good chances and mostly continued their domination of the Avalanche.

Halfway through the third period the Avalanche broke the shutout. McLeod shot with Lebda defending him. Lebda got his stick on McLeod’s stick but the shot still made it through. It went between Osgood’s legs and into the net. That made it two to one Red Wings with over ten minutes left in the game.

A few minutes later Duchene brought the puck into the Red Wings end with Stuart guarding him. He used Stuart as a screen and shot the puck. Osgood didn’t see it until it was too late so the game was tied at two.

Then Leino set up Williams who took the puck to the net. He drew the defense and the goalie to one side. Then he put the puck in the goalie’s pads and it bounced off and sat in front of the wide open net. Leino couldn’t get a handle on it because he was blocked off the puck by his defender. But Filppula came out of nowhere and smacked it into the net. That gave the Wings the one goal lead again making it three to two. It also took a little wind out of Colorado’s sails.

With just two and half minutes left Detroit got caught in a bad line change and ended up outnumbered in their own end. It was a three on two. Osgood followed the guy with the puck but he passed it across to McLeod who had nobody guarding him. McLeod shot the puck and beat Osgood who didn’t have much of a chance to get back over to that side of the net in time. That tied the game again making it three all.

The tie held until the end of regulation. Colorado got a point that I honestly don’t think they deserved. They were badly outshot and outplayed throughout this entire game. I don’t really know how they even stayed in this game. I guess that’s their M.O. this season since they’ve been outshot in all of their games so far and have won most of them.

Colorado had a little more jump than the Wings in the overtime. I think they were energized just because of making it to OT and the Wings were probably really let down by it. Neither team scored in the OT though so it was time for a shootout.

Jason Williams went first and released a nice snapshot that burned Anderson on the glove side. Then came Svatos who faked out Osgood and beat him. Zetterberg went next. Anderson stayed with him and stoned him. Next it was Hejduk. He beat Osgood putting the Avs up by one. Leino went next and Anderson stopped him which ended the game.

That’s another win by Colorado in a game in which they were pretty much dominated. I don’t know how they continue to do this but I can’t believe it can get them very far. This will catch up with them as the season goes on.

It was a huge disappointment for the Red Wings to only get a point out of this game even though they played very well. It was by far their best game of the season to this point. At least they have that to build on for next time.

They’re off until Thursday now as they head out on their first road out west this season. They’ll be meeting the Avalanche again next Saturday in Colorado.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
3-3-1
7 points

Detroit at Colorado (3/4/09)

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings were in Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche. The goalies were Conklin for the Wings and Raycroft for the Avs. Downey and Ericsson were in the lineup again tonight. Hossa was not in but he did travel with the team after the game in St. Louis. That was amazing news; he didn’t even have to stay overnight in the hospital. I guess his crash looked worse than it was. He has a stiff neck and stiff knee. All things considered that’s excellent news!

This game started out with a bit of an edge. The teams were both playing and hitting hard.

Colorado took the early lead. Liles shot the puck from the point through traffic. The puck somehow made it through a couple of Red Wings and Smyth who was in front of the net blocking Conklin’s view. I don’t think it was redirected at all but Conklin couldn’t see it so he didn’t have much chance of stopping it.

They traded some power plays with no change in the score. With the period almost over, Draper passed the puck from down low to Lidstrom in the high slot. Lidstrom one-timed it but Raycroft stopped it. Kopecky got the rebound to Filppula. He turned around and snapped one past Raycroft to tie the game. When the goal was scored the clock was not moving because of a problem with the scoreboard. The period was being timed by a stopwatch so nobody was sure how much time was left in the period. Luckily there were 19 seconds left so the goal was good.

In the second period Kopecky stole the puck when Raycroft tried to make an outlet pass. He took it to the net, made a nice move on Raycroft and almost scored. He lost it trying to get it to his backhand which would have been an easy tap in. It was a fantastic play and highlights how great Kopecky has been playing lately. He just gets better and better.

Just a few second later, Franzen decided to show Kopecky how it’s done. He did just about the same play, but he ended up scoring the goal. It was a great individual effort by Franzen. That made it two to one in favor of the Wings.

A few minutes later Detroit scored a great goal from the grinders. Downey was fore checking and caused Foote to mishandle the puck. Meech took it and passed it to Draper in the slot. Draper backhanded it for the goal making it three to one.

Most of the third period passed uneventfully. The Red Wings continued to dominate. However, with about five minutes to go in the game the Avalanche started coming to life. At one point they shot the puck from a sharp angle. It got between Conklin’s legs but it was traveling almost parallel with the goal line. The puck was bouncing around right on the goal line with Conklin out of the net. Franzen was there and he alertly swept the puck away.

The Avs continued to get a lot of shots, scoring chances and goal posts from that point on. Eventually, the pressure paid off for them. They got the puck in deep behind the Red Wings net. Smyth passed to Hejduk who was camped out in front of the net. He quickly took a shot and beat Conklin. That brought the Avs back to within a goal.

The Wings were able to shut it down from that point on even though Colorado pulled their goalie and really applied the pressure. The Red Wings looked great in this game. Kopecky, Filppula and Ericsson all had particularly good games.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
43-14-8
94 points

Colorado at Detroit (2/15/09)

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

For this afternoon’s game The Avalanche came to Detroit to face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Avs were the worst team in the West and Detroit was coming off a loss to Columbus. Raycroft was the goalie for Colorado and Osgood was in for the Wings for the third straight game.

It only took 16 seconds for Colorado to score. Osgood made an initial save and tried to shove it to Rafalski. He wasn’t able to handle the puck because he was moving too quickly and went right by it. McCormick took the puck and passed it to Laperriere in front of the net. He wasted no time shooting it in.

Colorado started the second period like they started the first. The only difference was that it took them 23 seconds to score in the second instead of 16. McCormick pinched on Samuelsson and the puck went to Salei. He ripped one with Laperriere screening in front. Osgood couldn’t see it very well and it found the back of the net.

Colorado knocked the net off on purpose and were called for delay of game. Then they hooked Datsyuk so there was a delayed call coming. Lidstrom ripped it from the point and Cleary tipped it in just below the crossbar height. That negated the first penalty but not the delayed one. Colorado argued the call a little too vehemently and were called for unsportsmanlike conduct. That gave Detroit a 5 on 3 for a full two minutes.

Just a few seconds into the 5 on 3 Lidstrom passed to Datsyuk and then got it back from him. He one-timed it and Cleary once again tipped it into the net to tie it up. Before the second penalty was up Colorado took another one so again the Wings had a 5 on 3. Colorado was able to kill off the rest of the penalty time.

A few minutes after the penalties expired Hossa released a bomb from the top of the circle that beat Raycroft over the glove to take the lead for the Wings. That was the third goal for the Wings in 4 minutes and 37 seconds.

In the third period Colorado scored in a minute and one second. Smyth made the play from behind the net to Hejduk. He passed it to Wolski at the point. Wolski ripped the shot and Svatos redirected it into the net to tie the game at three.

A few minutes later Detroit scored the go ahead goal. Rafalski shot/passed the puck from the point to Hossa near the net. Hossa redirected it off the shaft of his stick into the net.

A few minutes later Colorado scored a sloppy goal. They shot the puck and it looked like Osgood had it but it went off his glove and dropped in behind him. He lost track of where it was and Guite knocked it into the net. That tied the score at four each.

Nearing the halfway point of the period Kronwall had the puck at Colorado’s blue line. He created some space for himself and shot the puck. Raycroft made the save but the rebound came to Hudler. He one-timed a wrister into the net to retake the lead for the Wings.

A few minutes later Detroit gave up the fifth goal to Colorado. Osgood directed a rebound to the face-off circle but Smyth was there and took the puck. He passed it to Hejduk in the middle who redirected it towards the net. By that time Osgood was out of position to stop it and it trickled over the line.

As time wound down in the third period neither team was able to break the tie so the game headed to overtime. Likewise there were no goals in the overtime and the game went to a shootout.

Datsyuk was the first shooter. He went backhand to forehand and took the shot. Raycroft stopped it. Wolski went first for the Avs. He went forehand to back hand and scored on Osgood. Zetterberg came up next, delayed a bit with the shot and backhanded it into the net. Next was Svatos. He tried a wrister and Osgood stopped him. Hudler came up for the Wings. He made a great move but Raycroft still stopped him. Hejduk went next for the win but Osgood stopped him with the left pad. Then it was Hossa for the Wings and he sent it wide. It was then Smyth’s turn to try for the win. He missed high over the net.  Cleary was up next with is first shootout attempt. He tried the five hole but Raycroft shut it down. Leopold went next for the Avs. It was also his first shootout attempt. He shot a wrister that beat Osgood for the win.

The Red Wings looked pretty sloppy defensively in this game. Most of the time they played well but they just had too many breakdowns. Every time they got a break, they gave one back to Colorado. This game should have been no contest but the Avs played their best and as good as Detroit looked at times, it wasn’t their best.

This 6-5 overtime loss brings us to:
37-12-8
82 points