Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Avalanche’

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:
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:
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:
23 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:
70 points