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Detroit at Los Angeles (1/7/10)

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The road trip continued tonight for the Red Wings as they rolled into Los Angeles to face the Kings. Babcock continued to show confidence in Jimmy Howard by starting him for the seventh straight game. Jonathan Quick was the goalie for the Kings.

Zetterberg and Cleary were both back in the lineup for the Red Wings tonight. That’s the good news. The bad news, and it’s pretty bad, is that Holmstrom broke his foot yesterday in practice and will be out up to a month.

The game started with a flurry by the Kings. Howard came up huge with several saves in the opening seconds of the game.

Near the end of the first period the Red Wings had a power play. They weren’t able to score on it but just after it expired they scored with just 0.2 seconds left in the period. Rafalski shot first and Quick sent the rebound out to the other side. Filppula quickly shot it again and it went through the five hole but hit Quick’s leg and bounced out to the side of the net. Cleary was right there on the doorstep and he banged it in for the late period lead.

There was no scoring in the second period but there were a ton of chances for the Kings at the end of the period. Jimmy Howard tried to clear the puck but turned it over near the net. He dove back to make the save and then made about five more during a huge scramble. The Red Wings recovered and got the puck out of the zone but Bertuzzi had to take a penalty in the process.

On the Kings’ power play there was another crazy scramble in front of the Red Wings net. Jimmy Howard was absolutely incredible during these sequences. The shots ended up 27 to 6 in the second period alone. Not a good period for the Wings but a truly brilliant one for Jimmy Howard.

Through two periods the shots were 37 to 19 in favor of the Kings. However quality scoring chances were 7 to 8 in favor of the Wings. A very unusual scenario for the Red Wings!

The third period looked like the Kings were on the power play all the time. The Red Wings could not keep the puck in the Kings’ end at all. The Kings were getting crazy amounts of shots on goal and the Wings weren’t doing a thing to stop it. Jimmy Howard was their only hope and he stopped one incredible scoring chance after another. This game should have been 10 to 1.

Midway through the third period, Howard got hit in the elbow by a hard shot and it stung him. Play was stopped for a short time but he shook it off and stayed in the game.

Then, with less the five minutes to go in the game the Kings were on the power play. Stoll shot wide and the puck bounced off the backboards to Brown who shot it again. The shot didn’t go directly toward the net but through the crease about a foot off the ice. Smyth whacked it out of the air and into the net breaking Jimmy Howard’s incredible shutout and tying the game.

From that point on the Red Wings started to apply some offensive pressure. With the game winding down Quick came out to play a dump in but it went to the corner. He thought he was going to just wait for it to come to the trapezoid but he didn’t count on the speedy Darren Helm flying in to play it. Helm got it and Quick scurried back to his net. Helm fought for it in the corner, won the battle and took it to the net himself. With just 17 seconds left in the game Helm shoved the puck towards the net and somehow got it by Quick on the short side to take back the lead.

The Kings pulled their goalie for the last few seconds of the game but the Red Wings held them off.

Wow! What a win! This was the definition of the goalie stealing a game and what an important game, too! The Wings desperately needed to get two points in regulation tonight since the Kings are another team they’re chasing in the standings.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen the Red Wings get outplayed as badly as they did in the third period. Luckily, Jimmy Howard proved that he is a world class goalie and the rest of the guys, especially Helm, worked their tails off at the end of the game.

This game would have been tough to watch if it weren’t Jimmy Howard’s performance. Thanks to him it was pretty exciting.

The shots on goal ended up 52 to 25 in favor of the Kings. I just can’t say enough about the game Howard played.

The Red Wings are still three points behind the Kings for the 8th playoff spot but they do have a game in hand. Hopefully, they can continue to chip away at the lead and end up comfortably in the playoffs by the end of the season.

This 1-2 win brings us to:
22-15-6
50 points

Cleary Out For Another Week

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Detroit News is reporting that Dan Cleary is still a week away from playing.  He’s recovering from a second scratch on his cornea.  The eye swollen so badly that it hurts just to open it and he can’t see out of it.  That’s made it impossible for him to do any skating.  The second scratch was most likely caused by rubbing the eye after getting the first scratch.  

I’ve had a scratched cornea before and it can just about drive you crazy.  It feels like there’s something big in your eye and if you don’t realize what’s going on the impulse is rub it.  Unfortunately that just makes things worse.  

Let’s hope that Dan Cleary can make a full recovery and return to the lineup soon.