Posts Tagged ‘Calgary Flames’

Detroit at Calgary (1/7/11)

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Red Wings continued their western Canada road trip tonight with a game against the Flames in Calgary. The goalies were Howard and Kiprusoff. Eaves was back in the lineup tonight after recovering from an upper body injury but Filppula was out. He’s suffering from a sore groin that hopefully won’t turn into a nagging problem.

The Flames played a very determined game. They were all over the Red Wings, outshooting them in every period. There were a lot of crazy goals at both ends of the ice. Most of the goals that Howard gave up were deflections of some sort. At the other end Kiprusoff faced some deflections as well but he also gave up a few that he should have stopped.

Rafalski scored his first two goals of the season tonight in what was a milestone game for him: the 800th game of his career. Eaves and Helm also scored for the Wings. Detroit never had the lead in this game and those four goals were only enough to tie the score and send the game to overtime.

There were no goals scored in the overtime even though the Flames were on the power play for most of the final two minutes if you include the time they spent with the extra man waiting for the delayed call.

In the shootout the Wings went with Hudler, Bertuzzi and Zetterberg. The Flames selected Tanguay, Hagman and Bourque. Kiprusoff stopped Hudler and Zetterberg but Bertuzzi got one past him. Howard stopped all three of the Flames shooters to give the Red Wings the win.

This was a tough win for the Wings; they had to really gut it out. With so many of their top guys out they were able to continue stepping it up and getting goals from other people. It was made even tougher by the loss of Stuart who was hit in the face by a shoulder from Kostopoulis in the third period. Stuart was down for a while and left the ice spitting blood. He did not return to the game. Kostopoulis was called for roughing and I’m sure the league will review the play to see if they should hand down a suspension for the head shot.

All things considered this was a good two points for the Wings against a Calgary team that played very hard.

This 5-4 win brings us to:
26-10-5
57 points

Calgary at Detroit (11/21/10)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The Wings played the Flames tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Howard and Kiprusoff were the starting goaltenders.

This was another game where the Red Wings weren’t at their best but they still found a way to get it done.

With just 3.2 seconds left in the game Zetterberg scored the game tying goal after receiving a beautiful pass from Datsyuk. Then Lidstrom scored in the overtime for the win.

It was certainly an exciting finish and it showed us once again how the Wings can win even when they aren’t at their best.

Cleary left the ice with an upper body injury after taking a hard check into the boards. Ericsson and Franzen were also banged up. Hopefully, none of that will be serious.

This caps off an incredible six game home stand for the Wings in which they got 11 out of 12 possible points. Great job, Red Wings!

This 4-5 win brings us to:
13-3-2
28 points

Detroit at Calgary (11/3/10)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Red Wings rolled in to Calgary tonight to face the Flames in the first game of their west coast road trip.  Howard was back in net for the Wings tonight after having recovered from back spasms.  Ericsson also returned to the lineup tonight.  Kiprusoff was the goalie for the Flames.

The Red Wings played really well tonight.  It was a solid road game from start to finish.  They didn’t capitalize on the power play but they were very good on the penalty kill.

Jimmy Howard looked excellent in his return.  He made a ton of incredible saves.  Kiprusoff did as well at the other end though.

There were many high points to this game.  Abdelkader, Cleary and Modano all had especially good games.

Modano managed to snap his goal drought.  After being set up by a nice play from Cleary he carried the puck in on a breakaway and ripped it over Kiprusoff’s shoulder.  He’s starting to look a lot more comfortable playing the Red Wings’ system so that’s great news.

Abdelkader scored one as well, in nearly the same part of the net, after being set up by Datsyuk.

Overall I’d say this was a textbook road game.  Detroit had nearly double the shots on goal as Calgary.  Great job by the Wings!

This 2-1 win brings us to:
7-2-1
15 points

Calgary at Detroit (10/21/10)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Flames were in Detroit tonight to face the Red Wings. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Miikka Kiprusoff. Franzen was back in the lineup after being medically cleared to play.

The Red Wings got off to a bit of a slow start but luckily Jimmy Howard was red hot from beginning to end. He only allowed two goals on 36 shots. That’s too many shots but few enough goals to give the Red Wings a chance to win. Howard stood on his head to stop the puck, making several incredible saves.

The Flames scored twice. Both goals came in the first period and both were scored by Backlund. Jimmy Howard wasn’t to blame on either goal.

The Red Wings were outshot by Calgary in the first and third periods but they made their shots count. The Wings’ first goal was a thing of beauty. Datsyuk stole the puck and made an outlet pass to Holmstrom. Then he jumped back into the play. Holmstrom passed it back to Datsyuk who by now was on the attack. Datsyuk served it up to Zetterberg on a platter and Hank buried a one-timer.

The Wings’ second goal came in the second period and it was another example of Datsyuk’s magic. He did some fancy stick handling and turned his defender inside out along the boards then passed it to Lidstrom who wound up and fired a slap shot from near the blue line. Kiprusoff had trouble seeing the puck because of traffic in front and it got by him.

In the third period Franzen scored an amazing goal. He didn’t have any room for a shot so he elevated the puck and banked it in off of Kiprusoff’s mask. The puck landed on his shoulder and he tried to balance it but it fell behind him into the net.

Then to seal the deal Bertuzzi scored a great goal unassisted. He stole the puck, took it up ice and threaded the needle over Kiprusoff’s shoulder.

It was a good win for the Wings after a sluggish start. Credit Howard for making it possible as the Flames played a solid road game. The Wings’ goals were fantastic, they just need to work on starting on time and making fewer mistakes early in the game.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
4-1-1
9 points

Detroit at Calgary (3/15/10)

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Tonight’s Red Wings game was on the road against the Calgary Flames. It was a head to head matchup between two teams that are directly battling each other for the eighth playoff spot. Detroit had something to prove tonight since they gave up three unanswered goals in the third period against Calgary last Tuesday to lose the game. The goalies tonight were Jimmy Howard and Miikka Kiprusoff. The Flames were one point behind the Wings coming into this game so it was a must win for the Red Wings. If they lost, the Flames would go up by one but if they won they’d be three points ahead of the Flames.

Early in the first period the Red Wings turned the puck over. They were trying to get out of their own zone and Conroy jumped on an errant pass. He went to the net and shot the puck. Howard stopped it but Conroy came back and got another whack at it. He didn’t miss the second time and the Red Wings were in the hole early.

Although they were outscored one to nothing, the Red Wings played really well in the first period. Drew Miller was especially effective. The shots on goal were even but the Wings had three times as many scoring chances as the Flames. Unfortunately, Kiprusoff stopped them all so the period ended with Detroit trailing by one.

In the second period the Red Wings seemed to turn it up even more. They were getting chance after chance and pressuring hard. The game had a great pace to it. The Red Wings were moving the puck at will and creating lots of opportunities.

Towards the end of the second period the Wings finally got a power play, their first of the game. During the power play Glencross had a shorthanded chance and was hooked with by Zetterberg. He was awarded a penalty shot. Howard came out to challenge and stopped him cold. The Red Wings power play continued. Rafalski got the puck to Datsyuk with Holmstrom screening in front. Datsyuk took the puck towards the net, made a few moves and fired. It was a perfect shot placed where Kiprusoff could hardly see it until the last second. It found the top, far corner and tied the game at one.

In the third period Rafalski was called for high sticking. It was unintentional but it drew blood so it was an automatic double minor. The Red Wings went to work on the penalty kill and shut down the Flames. For four minutes the Flames tried unsuccessfully to put together some offense. The Red Wings killed it off nicely and kept the game tied.

The Wings continued to pressure hard for the rest of the third period but the score was holding fast. Then, with less than a minute and a half to go, Stuart made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone. Franzen picked it up and circled back to the point to get some room. He fired with Holmstrom in front. The puck was actually a pass. It was headed well wide and Holmstrom redirected it into the net for the go ahead goal. It was an amazing deflection off the shaft of the stick.

With 1:12 left Flames called a timeout and pulled the goalie. With 14 seconds left the Red Wings took their timeout to set up for a faceoff in their own zone. They lost that draw but the puck was deflected out of play. They lost the next draw, too but the Wings got control and cleared it as time ran out.

What a great win this was for the Wings. They really needed this one and they came together and played a very good, complete game. Now they stay in eighth place and are three points up on Calgary. Great job, guys!

This 2-1 win brings us to:
34-23-12
80 points

Calgary at Detroit (3/9/10)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Tonight was another very important game for the Red Wings in their run for the playoffs. The Calgary Flames rolled in to town just one point behind the Wings in the Western Conference standings. Miikka Kiprusoff was in net for the Flames and for the Red Wings it was Jimmy Howard.

There was a really good pace to the first period but no scoring. The stats were pretty even. Both teams looked pretty good and were battling hard. It was shaping up to be a great game.

In the second period the Flames dumped the puck into the corner and it came hard off the boards right to Langkow. He fired a perfect shot that got up and under the crossbar making it one to nothing Calgary. It was a pretty easy goal for the Flames on kind of a lucky bounce.

Later in the second Datsyuk took a pass from Holmstrom as he was flying up the wing and shot a backhander. It looked like Kiprusoff should have had it but somehow it got through him and went in the net. That tied the game at one and gave Datsyuk his 20th goal of the season.

Nearing the end of the second period the Red Wings went on a power play when Calgary was called for too many men on the ice. During the power play Lidstrom fired the puck from the point. It was going well wide of the net but Holmstrom redirected it with the heel of his stick and scored. It was classic Holmstrom and it put the Red Wings up two to one.

The score held until the end of the second period. The hectic pace and playoff atmosphere continued throughout the period.

In the third period Bourque shot the puck and Howard made a nice stop. The rebound came to Iginla though and he quickly put it in the net to tie the game at two.

Just a few seconds later the same line was on the ice for the Flames and they started pressuring hard. Things got a little sloppy in the Red Wings’ end. Iginla fired a shot and it hit Bourque in the shin and went in the net. Just like that the Flames had the lead three to two.

Late in the third period Detroit had about a minute of power play time. They pulled the goalie to make it six on four. Just after the power play ended Higgins threw the puck down the ice and put it in the empty net making it four to two Flames. He must have thought they were still on the penalty kill because if he’d have missed the net it would have been icing.

That was it for this game. The Red Wings looked good up until the third period when it looked like they just rolled over. I don’t know if Calgary stepped up their play or if the Red Wings eased off but either way the third period was much different than the first two. The Wings were outshot 15 to 4 in the third. The Flames had a couple of power plays in that time but that wasn’t really that much of a factor.

It was a bad loss for the Wings. They just keep making it harder on themselves.

This 4-2 loss brings us to:
31-23-12
74 points