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Dallas at Detroit (2/24/11)

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Dallas Stars came to Joe Louis Arena to play the Red Wings tonight. The goaltenders were Jimmy Howard and Kari Lehtonen. Eaves was out of the lineup after being injured in the previous game. Luckily his knees are okay, it’s just a sore groin and he’s only expected to miss a few weeks. Mursak was called up to fill in for him.

It was another slow start for the Wings tonight. In the first period they were outshot by the Stars even though they had two power plays. Ribeiro scored towards the end of the period and then, even worse, Loui Eriksson scored a shorthanded goal with just a few seconds left. So the Red Wings went to the dressing room down two to nothing after one period.

Detroit came to life in the second period. Early on it looked like Rafalski had scored but the goal was waved off because of incidental contact between Holmstrom and Lehtonen. About halfway through the period Barch scored to make it three to nothing Stars. A few seconds later things started to get nasty after Ribeiro gave Howard a jab and a lot of pushing and shoving ensued. No actual fights broke out but there was a long list of penalties. There was no more scoring in the second period so the Wings were down three to nothing to start the third.

Early in the third period tempers flared when Ott started slashing at Franzen. Ericsson took exception to it and dropped the gloves. Ott landed a few punches towards the end but it was pretty clear that Ericsson won the fight. That’s saying something since Ott is a pretty experienced fighter. Towards the end of the period the Red Wings finally got on the board when Holmstrom scored a power play goal. They pulled goalie in the final few minutes but Langenbrunner scored an empty netter and that was all she wrote.

Once the Wings got going they badly outshot the Stars but Lehtonen played remarkably well and they had already spotted them two goals by that point. Detroit hasn’t been playing very well at home lately; maybe they’re too comfortable there. The good news is that the next five games are on the road.

This 4-1 loss brings us to:
80 points

Detroit at Dallas (12/29/10)

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Stars in Dallas tonight. Jimmy Howard was the goalie for Detroit and Dallas went with Kari Lehtonen. Rafalski and Zetterberg had both been nursing sore backs but they were okay by game time so they were in the lineup. Mursak was also in again after being called up before the last game to help fill in for all the injured forwards.

The first period was kind of strange. Dallas badly outshot the Red Wings but it still seemed to me like the Wings were in control. Detroit scored the only goal of the period when Bertuzzi spotted Hudler on the other side of the slot and made a perfect pass to him. Hudler one-timed it into his half-open side of the net. Although the Wings were outshot, scoring chances were nearly even.

The second period was even crazier than the first. Dallas scored three goals in under a minute and half. The first one happened when Brad Richards got in behind the defense and beat Howard one on one. Then Fistric fired one after a face off win that was deflected on the way to the net.  Howard had no chance on that one. Then it was a rebound that popped out quickly to Benn who shot it in before Howard could reposition himself. Just like that the Stars were up three to one. It was tied again by the end of the period though as Lidstrom and Eaves both scored great goals.

The third period was all Detroit. Brad Stuart scored first, and then later Draper scored as well. Then Eaves scored his second of the night. In the final few minutes the Stars pulled their goalie and Eaves got an empty-netter. Although the net was empty, it wasn’t an easy goal. He shot it from his own zone under pressure after handling a bouncing puck. That gave Eaves his first career hat trick and the Red Wings fans in the building let their hats fly.

This was an excellent road game for the Red Wings. They played with a lot of energy and they really showed their depth as lots of guys continued to step it up in the scoring department in the absence of some of their top point getters. Hudler, Lidstrom, Franzen and Bertuzzi all had two point nights. Eaves had four points!

This 7-3 win brings us to:
52 points

Dallas at Detroit (12/19/10)

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Red Wings played host to the Stars tonight. The game had an early start time of 5:00. The goalies were Osgood and Raycroft.

Detroit got off to a slow start in this game. Everybody was kind of sluggish, even Datsyuk. They all seemed lackadaisical and somewhat careless with the puck. Even so the Red Wings jumped out to a two to nothing lead in the first period.

The lead wouldn’t last long though as Dallas answered with two goals of their own later on in the period. Many of the goals were tipped or redirected so it wasn’t really a reflection of the goalies’ performances.

The Red Wings got better as the game progressed. They were better in the second and dominant in the third, although shots on goal were pretty even throughout.

Detroit was protecting a one goal lead as the game wound down but Dallas was able to tie it up.

The game ended up going to overtime and Loui Eriksson scored the game winner for the Stars.

I thought Eaves, Helm and Abdelkader played very well tonight. Abdelkader had a great fight with Ott midway through the second period. It took a little while to get going but Abdelkader nailed Ott with an uppercut and then landed one on the back of his head. Then Abdelkader took Ott to the ice. It was close but I’d give this one to Abdelkader.

I think the Wings didn’t get started early enough in this game but they played pretty well later. I wonder if the 5:00 start time threw off their routine enough to impact how ready they were at the start of the game.

Overall, the game was pretty even. The Stars played great but Detroit could have had two points out of this one. It’s a shame to have to settle for one.

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