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Detroit at Chicago (4/10/11)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Now THAT was more like it! The Red Wings wrapped up their regular season this afternoon on a high note. They had a lot to atone for after Friday’s lackluster performance in Detroit and they did so in spades.

The goalies once again were Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks needed at least one point today to guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. The Wings were already in the playoffs but a win would earn them a higher seed.

Chicago played well in the first period but Detroit weathered the storm and there were no goals after one. The Hawks scored the first goal early in the second period. The Wings didn’t get rattled and continued playing well. Shortly after the Hawks goal, Holmstrom scored unassisted to tie it up. Then Datsyuk scored a few minutes after that giving the Red Wings the lead at the second intermission.

The third period was an all-out classic battle with a playoff feel. The Red Wings and the Blackhawks traded goals. Miller, Seabrook, Cleary and Keith all scored in the third. The Wings had to kill a penalty in the final few minutes and Corey Crawford went to the bench as much as possible for the extra skater. The Red Wings held them off for the win and forced Chicago to wait for the outcome of the game between the Stars and the Wild to find out whether or not they’ll be in the playoffs. If the Stars win tonight the Blackhawks are out of the playoffs.

The Red Wings did not have a single power play in this game. There were plenty of things that could have been called and at least a couple that certainly should have been. In one case Franzen was high-sticked in the face and bleeding all of over the place and there was no penalty on the play.

It was great to see the Wings finish the season with such a great game. They’ll now face Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs starting next Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully, they’ll be able to keep the momentum from this win going.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
104 points

Chicago at Detroit (4/8/11)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

The Red Wings put forth another disappointing performance at home tonight. The Blackhawks were in town and fighting for their spot in the playoffs. The Red Wings were also there. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford.

The Wings were behind by a goal before the first 30 seconds were up. It just got worse from there. They gave up three goals in the first period and were outshot 13 to 5. They turned the puck over time after time in their own zone and they just looked sloppy and slow.

They finally scored a goal at the very end of the second period. They came to life a little bit in the third and outshot the Hawks by a wide enough margin that the shot totals for the game ended up nearly even.

It was too little, too late however. The Red Wings scored once more near the end of the game but weren’t able to come closer than two goals behind.

The Hawks won the game 4 to 2. The Red Wings will have a chance for redemption on Sunday in their final game of the season. This is a bad time to start sagging. There just isn’t any urgency in the Wings’ game right now. It’s understandable, but hopefully they’ll start to feel the urgency quickly once the playoffs start.

This 4-2 loss brings us to:
102 points

Chicago at Detroit (3/28/11)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

It was another original six matchup for the Wings tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks came to the Joe. Jimmy Howard was out of the lineup but luckily he wasn’t seriously hurt when Lupul fell on him the other night. He should be back by Wednesday. Joey MacDonald was the starting goalie and since Osgood is on IR, Thomas McCollum was called up to be the backup. The Blackhawks goalie was Corey Crawford. Datsyuk, Miller and Kindl were also scratches tonight. The good news is that Franzen was back in the lineup after being out with a sore groin.

The Blackhawks got the scoring started at around the three minute mark when Toews put the puck in the net after the rebound came right to him. A few minutes later Bertuzzi was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Ryan Johnson in the head during a hit along the boards. He skated into him backwards with his elbow up. I’m not sure what he was thinking but hopefully there won’t be a suspension. The league is really sensitive to hits like this now. During the five minute penalty Hossa was called for slashing. While it was 4 on 4, Lidstrom ripped one with a pretty good screen in front of Crawford. He didn’t get a good look at it and the puck got by him, tying the game at one. Later in the period Seabrook scored a power play goal to give the lead back to the Hawks.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Early in the third period Zetterberg had the puck down low. He tried to pass it to Cleary in front but it hit the skate of Campoli and deflected into the net to tie the game at two. That score held until the end of regulation but, unfortunately, Zetterberg was called for a hook with just four seconds to go.

The Hawks started the overtime on the power play, 4 on 3. Less than a minute into the overtime Hossa scored on the power play to win the game for the Hawks.

It was an exciting game with a fast pace and great energy. The Wings played very well tonight but so did the Blackhawks. The shots on goal were mostly pretty even. The Hawks were 2 for 5 on the power play and the Wings were 1 for 4. Detroit had far more hits and face off wins. They also doubled the Hawks in giveaways, but also in takeaways. The only difference that really stands out is that Chicago blocked a lot more shots than the Wings did. Could that have made the difference in the game? MacDonald came up big for the Wings tonight. He kept the game close but it just wasn’t enough. Hossa was fantastic for the Blackhawks. He’s playing at his best right now and he’s a force to be reckoned with.

This 3-2 overtime loss brings us to:
98 points

Chicago at Detroit (1/22/11)

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The Blackhawks were in Detroit this afternoon to play the Wings at the Joe. The goalies were Howard and Crawford. Detroit called up Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids this morning to replace Filppula who has the flu. The also sent Joey MacDonald back to Grand Rapids and called up Jordan Pearce to be the backup. This was mainly due to technicalities in the waiver rules.

This was a pretty forgettable game for the Wings. They were as sloppy today as they were crisp in St. Louis. They turned the puck over a lot, didn’t get many shots on goal and gave up a ton. Chicago played very well defensively and Detroit couldn’t seem to get it together enough to overcome it.

Detroit did have their opportunities but they never got off good enough shots to beat Crawford. There was a point in the second period where it looked like Zetterberg had scored a goal that would have tied the game at two but it was waived off thanks to a quick whistle. Shortly after that the Blackhawks scored again so instead of being tied at two it was three to one Blackhawks.

The only highpoint was when Cory Emmerton scored his first NHL goal in his first game in the league. It was a milestone for him but it’s too bad it couldn’t have come with a win.

This 4-1 loss brings us to:
64 points

Detroit at Chicago (12/17/10)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford.

The Wings weren’t very good tonight. The Hawks took the lead early in the game and never looked back. Chicago was faster and scrappier than Detroit was. They won the battles for the loose puck, they got in the way of shots and they kept the puck in Detroit’s end for much of the game.

The shots on goal were surprisingly even but it didn’t feel that way because the Wings weren’t getting very good quality chances. Most of their shots were just desperation lobs towards the net that Crawford stopped easily.

The only Red Wings goal was scored by Eaves after Miller bounced the puck to him off the back boards. It was a nice play but that was about the only thing that worked for Wings all night.

One of the Blackhawks’ goals was an empty netter at the end. Also noteworthy was the fact that two of their goals, including the empty netter, were scored by ex-Red Wing Tomas Kopecky. The Wings could have used him tonight.

This was a disappointing game. The Hawks were missing Hossa and Kane so it was a good chance for a healthy Wings team to take advantage. Instead they were just flat outworked.

This 1-4 loss brings us to:
43 points

Detroit at Chicago (10/9/10)

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The Wings were in Chicago tonight to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. It was their banner raising ceremony so the Red Wings had to work to keep their focus through all the hoopla.

The goalies were Osgood and Turco. This was the second of back to back games for the Wings so Howard got to rest.

The Red Wings looked a little bit more disheveled in this game than they did the previous night. I think that’s just because the Blackhawks are a better team and did a much better job of disrupting Detroit’s offense.

The Wings scored first when Bertuzzi dished it to Franzen who made a perfect pass to Filppula near the net. Filppula tipped it in to give the Wings the first period lead.

In the final seconds of first period the Blackhawks were on the power play. Hossa passed it to Seabrook who put it in the net to tie the game with about a second left on the clock.

Early in the second period Brad Stuart fired a hard shot intentionally wide, bouncing it off the back boards to Bertuzzi near the side of the net. Bertuzzi took it and shoved it into the net to get the lead back for the Wings.

Just a few seconds later Bickell fired a wrister from the high slot that beat Osgood to tie the game at two.

The tie held for the rest of the second period and into the third. Then Filppula was bringing the puck into Chicago’s zone when the guy covering him wiped out. Filppula went to the net and lost the puck before he was able to get a shot off. The puck slid towards the net and somehow it got underneath Turco and into the goal as Filppula fell down and slid into the boards. It wasn’t the prettiest of goals but who cares?

For the rest of the game the Blackhawks scrambled to tie it up but the Wings battled hard and were able to hold them off.

Osgood looked very good tonight. It’s quite a luxury to have two excellent goalies backing up your team.

Considering what a powerful team they were playing the Wings did a great job to get the lead and then hold them off through most of the third period.

This 3-2 win brings us to:
4 points

Detroit at Chicago (4/11/10)

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

After a grueling season of ups, downs and injuries the day was finally here. Game number 82. The Wings were facing the Blackhawks in Chicago. The goalies this afternoon were Howard and Niemi.

Both teams started this game with a lot of jam. The game had a great pace and it seemed like playoff hockey. With about five minutes left in the first period Draper was called for interference. On the power play the Hawks got the puck to the net and a scramble ensued. Toews pushed it toward Howard but Howard blocked it back out. It hit Bolland’s stick at that point and bounced between Howard’s legs and into the net making it one to nothing Hawks.

In the second period Cleary got the puck to the front of the net and Niemi stopped it. The puck looked like it hit Madden’s stick and just sat there in the crease for a second. Eaves came flying in and banged it home before Niemi could react. That tied the game at one.

After two periods the Wings were being badly outshot 23 to 12. The Hawks did have one more power play than the Wings had but I doubt they had 11 shots during that extra power play. In the faceoff department he Wings were also being dominated 17 to 11. The numbers looked pretty bad except for the score which was still tied at one.

Nearing the halfway point of the third period the Wings were on the offensive. They had the puck in deep and it squirted back to the point. Rafalski fired it from there and Holmstrom was in front of the net. Holmstrom knocked it down and into the net to give the Wings the lead two to one.

A few minutes later Hossa sent the puck to the net as Fraser went to the front with Stuart on him. Fraser put the puck in the net off his skate but it wasn’t kicked in. That tied it up at two each with a little over nine minutes left.

The Blackhawks had a power play in the final few minutes of the game but the Wings killed it off. They had some great chances but they were turned away by Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings’ defense.

Regulation ended with the score still tied at two so each team got a point.

In the overtime there was a great back and forth battle. Then with just under two minutes to go Zetterberg got the puck in the zone but was triple teamed along the boards. He managed to get a pass to Cleary at the other side of the ice. Stuart was flying up the slot and Cleary hit him with a perfect pass. Stuart fired a wrister that beat Niemi for the win.

This win put Detroit in 5th place which means they’ll be playing Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs. The one good thing about that is that the time difference is slightly better than playing in Vancouver. It’s still rough though. The Blackhawks end up in the second place and they’ll be facing the Predators in round one.

It sure was a heck of a season for the Wings. They overcame a lot of adversity this season. They also are in the midst of a hot streak and they have a red hot goaltender. Just the way you’d want to start the playoffs. Let’s hope for a great run starting next week. Let the beards begin!

This 3-2 win brings us to:
102 points

Detroit at Chicago (3/7/10)

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

The Red Wings were in Chicago today for an early afternoon game against the Blackhawks. Jimmy Howard was in net for the Red Wings and Cristobal Huet was the starter for the Blackhawks.

In the first period the Red Wings came out firing. They had a lot of energy and were getting a lot of scoring chances. Unfortunately they weren’t getting any luck. A few minutes into the game Seabrook took the puck all the way from his own end, through the neutral zone and deep into the Red Wings’ end without anybody bothering him. He shot the puck on net and Howard turned it aside sending the rebound to the other side of the ice. Keith picked it up at about the top of the circle. He fired it from there and the puck hit Rafalski in front of the net. It bounced off his leg into the net giving the Blackhawks the early one to nothing lead.

After the goal Detroit continued playing well. They had some really good scoring chances. Howard gave up another bad rebound which he put right in the slot and it almost turned into a goal. Luckily, they avoided disaster on that play.

Then Filppula charged into the corner to pick up a puck that Lebda had over skated. Filppula tried to tap it ahead just a few feet to Lebda but Lebda was expecting him to send it up the boards and out of the zone so he missed the pass. Ladd didn’t miss it though. He immediately ripped one than burned Jimmy Howard for the Hawks’ second goal of the game.

The first period ended with Chicago up two to nothing. Even though there were no goals I thought the Red Wings looked really good offensively. The problems that I saw were mainly some terrible rebound control by Jimmy Howard, and some bad giveaways and miscommunication in their own end. I thought they were battling hard and had a good energy level. Shots on goal were pretty even. Chicago had a lot more blocked shots and Detroit had a lot more hits.

Early in the second period the Blackhawks had a power play. They got the puck in the net but it was waived off because the referee said Byfuglien bumped Howard. It wasn’t much contact but the ref felt it prevented Howard from doing his job. He also felt that it didn’t warrant a penalty.

Then at the other end Holmstrom bumped Huet and WAS penalized. I don’t understand what the difference was between the two plays except that the Red Wings didn’t score. At the same time Bolland was called for tripping so it was four on four.

During the four on four Franzen was hit in the face with a high stick so the Red Wings had a four on three power play. Lidstrom passed across to Rafalski who one-timed it. The puck hit something, possibly Seabrook. It changed direction and went in the net bringing the Wings to within one.

Then, less than 30 seconds later, Detroit got the puck in deep. Filppula dug it out of the corner and passed it back to Lidstrom who fired it with Bertuzzi in front of the net. Huet didn’t see it very well thanks to Bertuzzi and it went in the net. That goal tied up at two each. The Hawks called a timeout at that point to settle things down.

A few minutes later Rafalski brought the puck into the Chicago end and passed it to Zetterberg. He shot it but it was blocked and then it came right back to him. He passed it to the front of the net where Williams was closing in. As Williams was falling down with two guys on his back he swept the puck into the net giving the Red Wings the lead three to two.

Just a few minutes after THAT, Bertuzzi brought the puck in and passed it to Filppula in the slot. He skated to the net and shot one that beat Huet. That made it four to two Red Wings. That was the end of the game for Huet. Apparently, he was a little bit rattled. Joel Quenneville pulled him and put in Niemi.

Near the end of the second period Bertuzzi was hit by Eager. They both fell awkwardly together and they banged knees on the way down. It took a long time for Bertuzzi to make his way across the ice to the bench and then he went right to the dressing room. He did not return to the game so let’s hope this won’t be a serious knee injury.

As time was expiring in the second period Kane tried to shoot the puck but Datsyuk took it away from him and started up ice all alone. He moved in on Niemi and shot it through the five hole for Detroit’s fifth goal of the game. It came with under three seconds to go in the period and made it five to two Red Wings.

Early in the third period Versteeg was hounding Zetterberg as he tried to get the puck out of his own end. He forced Zetterberg to lose control of it and Madden was able to tip it to Johnsson. He passed it across to Ladd who shot it and beat Howard. It was a great play by the Hawks and it made it five to three Wings.

Later in the third, right off a faceoff win, Keith shot the puck from the point. Ladd redirected it down and it bounced a few times and went between Howard’s legs. It slowly rolled across the goal line bringing the Hawks to within one and making it a hat trick for Ladd.

The Hawks applied a lot of pressure from then until the end of the game. There were several close calls but the Red wings were able to hang on and win the game five to four.

This game was quite a test for the Wings. They played one of the hottest teams in the league and held their own. They were even able to battle back and win after giving up an early two goal lead. The only real downside was losing Bertuzzi. Let’s hope he won’t miss much time, if any.

One unusual note about this game was that all nine goals were scored at one end of the ice. All of Chicago’s goals were in the first and third periods and all of Detroit’s goals were in second. Not even an empty net at the end was enough to get the puck in the net at that side of the ice. Weird!

This 5-4 win brings us to:
74 points

Chicago at Detroit (1/17/10)

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Red Wings had an especially quick turnaround for this particular back-to-back. Having just played in Dallas yesterday they hosted the Blackhawks today in Joe Louis Arena not even 24 hours later.

I expected the Red Wings to have a little extra grit in their game today after the disappointing finish of the game yesterday. I still cannot understand how they were able to call that a goal. It boggles the mind.

Anyway, on to today’s game against the red hot Hawks. Antti Niemi was in net for the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard was in for the Wings.

Both teams looked ready to go for this one. The fans were also really into the game right from the start. They knew how important every game is for the Red Wings. It wasn’t that important to beat Chicago since the Wings really have no chance of catching them. They just really needed the two points in their quest to catch the Kings.

In the first period Detroit had a great chance at a goal with a couple of whacks at it but Niemi somehow stopped them. Then it went the other way and Brouwer took it in and shot it. It went off the inside of Howard’s leg, out the back and into the net. The Blackhawks had the early lead one to nothing.

Then Chicago went on the power play after an accidental high stick from Eaves. About half a minute into it Kane got the puck from Campbell and took it from the boards to the slot. He ripped one with Brouwer in front and beat Jimmy Howard to make it two to nothing Chicago.

With just under a minute to go in the period the Wings took the puck away from Chicago and started up ice. Zetterberg passed it across to Bertuzzi who brought into the zone and then gave it back to Zetterberg. He saw that Datsyuk was trailing and he just tipped it back to him. Datsyuk saw Lidstrom joining the rush so he sent it across to him. Lidstrom snapped a beautiful wrister off the post and in to bring the Wings to within a goal. That was a highlight reel goal and a great team effort.

Before the period ended Eaves and Versteeg had a great fight. Right off the faceoff they dropped the gloves and removed their helmets. Eaves got nailed several times right off the bat and was cut badly under the eye. He didn’t let that stop him though and he landed a bunch of solid punches before it was done. It was a very spirited battle and it pumped up the energy level of both teams.

The Red Wings ended up pretty close to the Blackhawks in shots on goal even though there was a long stretch, over ten minutes in fact, where the Wings didn’t have a single shot.

In the second period the Red Wings had a string of power plays. Even when they weren’t scoring the power play looked amazing. Bertuzzi, Zetterberg and Datsyuk were out there for most of it and they were moving the puck so well that it was fun to watch even when their shots were being stopped by Niemi.

Then on the third or fourth consecutive power play Rafalski sent it up the neutral zone to Datsyuk who brought into the Chicago end. Datsyuk passed to Zetterberg who made a brilliant play to handle the puck. The pass was behind him and he caught it with his skate, gathered it in on the backhand and then released a forehand shot that beat Niemi through the legs to tie the game at two. It was a beautiful display of hands by Zetterberg.

A few minutes later Chicago had the puck and Ladd passed from the point to Patrick Sharp who had snuck in unchallenged to the side of the net. He redirected it in behind Howard to give lead back to Chicago.

After two periods the Red Wings had a one goal deficit but they had pulled ahead in shots on goal and were way ahead in hits. The game felt pretty even at that point.

In the third period the Red Wings tied it up. It was right after a commercial break and, ironically, the NBC coverage was showing highlights of how well Niemi had played throughout the game. Apparently the game was going on while they were showing it so they missed the live broadcast of the goal. Draper had won the face off in the Blackhawks’ end and got it back to Lidstrom. He passed it Eaves along the boards. Eaves took the long shot with Helm screening Niemi. The puck had eyes and made it through everyone and into the net for the tying goal.

The tied score held until the end of regulation so it was on to overtime again.

The overtime period was just insane. It was pure end to end excitement. Both teams were playing really well and it felt like a playoff game. Neither team scored although they both had a lot of chances along with a lot of good defensive plays and incredible saves. For the second day in a row the Red Wings were going to a shootout.

Datsyuk went first in the shootout. He stopped, held the puck and then popped it up and over Niemi into the net. It was one of the coolest goals I’ve ever seen. Toews went next and ripped one through Howard’s legs. Then Zetterberg went and hit a post. Kane came up next and he was stoned by Howard who stood his ground. Bertuzzi came up for the Wings. He swung wide, did a spin-o-rama in front of Niemi and backhanded it into the net. That was even better than Datsyuk’s goal; just amazing! Hossa was last up for the Hawks. He caught the top corner and got it into the net to tie it up again. Cleary went next. He came in fast and shot but Niemi stopped him. It was all up to Patrick Sharp for the Hawks. He stick handled a little and beat Howard up high to win the game for Chicago.

This was just an amazing game. Detroit had one stretch in the first period where they seemed to be out matched but for pretty much the entire rest of the game it was just a legendary battle. Jimmy Howard was mad at himself after giving up the final goal. He smashed his stick on the crossbar. Part of the frustration was probably that it was the second day in a row the Wings have lost in a shootout after playing a great game. At least this time it wasn’t decided by a bad call. The Wings have nothing to be ashamed of. They’re playing well and the points are coming, just not as quickly as they’d like. Too bad there are no points for entertainment value or sweet, highlight reel goals because the Red Wings had them in spades today.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
56 points

Chicago at Detroit (12/23/09)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings got another crack at the Blackhawks after playing poorly and losing to them in Chicago on Monday night. This time they’ll face off at Joe Louis Arena.

Rafalski was out with the flu tonight so Kindl was in to replace him. Ritola was also in to fill some of the gap caused by all the injuries. Niemi was the goalie for the Blackhawks and Howard was in for the Wings.

This was the first game back at the Joe for Hossa since becoming a Blackhawk. He was injured the one time the Hawks played there previously. He was booed by the fans every time he touched the puck. I don’t think that was really appropriate. I guess it was all in good fun, but come on. The guy took less money to come and play in Detroit last year. This year the Wings just couldn’t afford him. Do the fans think he should play for free? Besides that, if his goal is to win a Stanley Cup, then he’s in a pretty good position to do so playing in Chicago. Time will tell, but that might turn out to have been a brilliant move. I don’t have a boo in me for Hossa. I wish him well, and I appreciate what he did in Detroit last season.

Detroit put a lot of pressure on the Blackhawks in the first period. They looked much better than they did in the previous game. Jimmy Howard was great, especially on one play in which Hossa had a breakaway. Howard stayed with him and stopped the shot.

Late in the first period the Wings were called for too many men on the ice. The penalty carried over to the second period and the Hawks scored a power play goal within the first few seconds. Kane shot from the point and Brouwer was in front taking away Howard’s line of sight. Howard never saw it coming and Kane placed it perfectly into the wide open side of the net giving the Blackhawks the first lead of the game.

There were no other goals in the second period. The Red Wings just weren’t able to put much together offensively. The shots on goal were pretty even but Detroit just wasn’t capitalizing on the few good chances they had.

In the second period Keith shot the puck and Howard gave up a rebound that came to Sharp. He shot it and Howard stopped that one, too. Then the puck hit Drew Miller’s foot and came right back to Sharp again. By this time Howard was down and out of position and Sharp shoved the puck into the net. That gave the Blackhawks the two to nothing lead.

With just over a minute left in the game Toews swept the puck toward the net and it got between Howard’s legs and went in. That made it three to nothing and pretty much put a bow on this one.

It was another fairly lackluster game for the Wings. They had some good pressure early but as the game went on they were just outplayed. Chicago was just too good defensively.

This 0-3 loss brings us to:
41 points