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Detroit at Carolina (4/6/11)

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Red Wings were on the road tonight to face the Carolina Hurricanes. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Cam Ward.

Overall, the Red Wings did a lot of things right tonight. They played well except for a few costly mistakes. The big problem was that Cam Ward brought his A-game and the Wings just couldn’t find a way to beat him. They had tons of scoring chances and plenty of shots on goal but Ward was perfect throughout the night and earned himself a shutout. The Hurricanes were two points behind the Rangers for the 8th playoff position in the Eastern Conference, so they couldn’t afford to miss out on any possible points. That desperation showed in how well they played, starting with their goaltending. As well as the Wings played, they didn’t have the same level of urgency as the Hurricanes.

Even worse than the loss, was the fact that Zetterberg left the game in the first period with a lower body injury and was not able to return. Let’s hope that it won’t be the sort of injury that will nag him during the playoffs or sideline him altogether.

There are just two more games left for the Wings before the playoffs. They’re both against a Chicago team that’s battling to hold on to the 8th playoff spot in the West. We can expect to see some more desperation in those two games which are coming up Friday and Sunday.

This 0-3 loss brings us to:
46-24-10
102 points

Carolina at Detroit (1/14/10)

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The Carolina Hurricanes made a rare appearance at Joe Louis Arena tonight. The goalies were Cam Ward and Jimmy Howard. Janik went back to Grand Rapids because Ericsson returned to the lineup. Janik did a great job filling in for him but it’s great to Ericsson back. Also, Brad May was in a Ville Leino was a healthy scratch.

This was Detroit’s first home game since last year. They’ve been on the road so much lately that their last home game was New Year’s Eve.

The game had a good quick pace to start out. Both teams had a lot of energy and the Red Wings were looking a lot more assertive than they did in the previous game.

In the first period Detroit went on the power play and Lidstrom blasted one from the blue line. Miller was in front of the net distracting Ward and making it difficult for him to see. The puck went right down the slot and got by Ward before he could pick it up. It was Lidstrom’s first goal in 43 games so it was great to see him getting active offensively. To be fair though the entire team has been much less offensive this year mainly because of injuries. Lidstrom has had to play more conservatively to help keep the games close because the team just isn’t scoring as much.

The Red Wings looked pretty good in the first period even though they were outshot by Carolina. They had the lead and they were skating hard so things were looking pretty promising.

In the second period the Wings got another power play goal. Cleary passed it to Filppula in the corner who quickly redirected it to the slot. It hit something on the way but it Miller still ended up with it and he shot it by Cam Ward to give the Wings a two nothing lead.

After two periods the shots were nearly even and Detroit had more quality chances than Carolina.

In the third period Sutter shot and Howard stopped it but allowed a rebound after the puck hit him up high in the chest. Kostopoulos shot the rebound and beat Howard to make it a one goal game.

Later in the third the Hurricanes gave the puck away and Bertuzzi took it. He threw it to the front of the net where Datsyuk and Zetterberg were converging. Zetterberg had his stick down and he redirected the puck into the net to give the Wings a two goal lead again.

That score held until the end of the game so the Red Wings won three to one.

This was a great bounce back game for the Red Wings after the terrible performance against the Islanders. It was nice to see Zetterberg and Lidstrom both score goals. Also, Drew Miller had a really good game and it was another solid performance by Jimmy Howard.

This was also a much needed two points. The slumping Kings are playing tonight out west. At the time of this writing the Red Wings had passed them for the 8th playoff spot. If the Kings win tonight that’ll change but for now things are looking up.

This 1-3 win brings us to:
24-16-6
54 points

Detroit at Carolina (10/13/08)

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The Red Wings got off to a pretty good start tonight against Carolina.  Ty Conklin was given his first start of the regular season as a Red Wing.  He saw a few crazy bounces in the first ten minutes of the game, but luckily nothing went in the net.  By the end of the first period he looked pretty comfortable and made a few really sharp saves.

The Red Wings drew first blood when Lidstrom scored a power play goal on their first opportunity.  The first period ended with the Red Wing up 1 to 0.

Early in the second period Corvo scored for Carolina to tie the game at one.  It was a nice wrister that beat Conklin high on the stick side.  A few minutes later Carolina had another chance but Conklin made beauty of a pad save.  The light came on and the horn sounded but the puck wasn’t in.  Play continued while the horn blew and the fans were cheering.  It was a great job by Conklin and the rest of the Red Wings to stay focused and not give up another goal during all that commotion.

Later in the second the Red Wings scored again on the power play with a great tic-tac-toe play from Rafalski to Hossa to Holmstrom in front of the net.  Both passes and the goal seemed take a total of about a second.  It was a really crisp, perfectly executed play.  It was nice to see a couple of assists on a goal, which hasn’t happened much yet this year.

Conklin continued to look sharp in the second period.  He made some great saves including a 2 on 1 shorthanded breakaway chance.

In the third period Conklin continued to shine when called upon.  He made a great save against Brind’Amour and then a few seconds later on Kaberle.  The Red Wings held onto their lead for the rest of the period and Zetterberg got the empty net goal at the end to make it 3 to 1.

This was definitely Conklin’s night.  He played very well in his first game as a Red Wing.  It sure is nice to have such a qualified backup goalie.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
2-1-0
4 points