Posts Tagged ‘Devils’

New Jersey at Detroit (1/26/11)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Tonight the New Jersey Devils were in Detroit to play the Red Wings. The goalie matchup was Jimmy Howard against Martin Brodeur. Filppula was back in the lineup after recovering from the flu.

The first period was all New Jersey. Although Detroit scored the first goal, the Devils answered quickly and seemed to have the Wings off their game. They were playing a tight game and battling hard in front of the net. Detroit’s first goal was scored by the opportunistic Darren Helm who jumped on a loose puck before the Devils’ defenseman could get to it and took off towards the net. He burned Brodeur high on the glove side and made it one to nothing. But that great play aside, the Devils were still outplaying the Wings. The Devils were rewarded with a grinding goal when the puck came loose in front of Howard. He thought he had it but it trickled loose and the Devils pounced on it. There was a mad scramble with everyone banging away at the puck and Rolston ended up putting it in.

In the second period the Wings were much better. It was pretty tight and nobody scored although Detroit slightly outshot New Jersey.

In the third period Filppula and Franzen both scored goals to put the game away. Filppula scored on a great passing play from Hudler and Salei. Franzen’s goal was scored on a nice feed from Zetterberg as Franzen was charging through the slot. Franzen’s shot was perfect and put the Wings up by two with very little time left.

About halfway through the third period Eaves was high-sticked in the face and had to leave the game. Hopefully, he’ll just need some stitching.

This was a great win for the Wings. They battled hard and earned this win through effort and determination. Now they can head into the all-star break on a high note and everyone except for Lidstrom can get some much need rest and recovery time.

This 1-3 win brings us to:
66 points

Detroit at New Jersey (12/11/10)

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Scoring twice in the first two minutes is a nice way to start a game. That’s what the Red Wings did tonight against the Devils. First it was Holmstrom scoring and then Cleary. Doing that against Martin Brodeur is even more impressive. The Red Wings went with Chris Osgood in net so that Howard wouldn’t have to play on back to back nights.

The Wings were pretty badly outshot by the Devils but they still seemed to be in control of the game. Zetterberg and Datsyuk also scored in the second and third periods respectively. Having the lead for the whole game allowed the Wings to not really need as many shots. They were able to just hold the puck and move it around a lot before shooting.

The Devils had their share of scoring chances though. When they attacked Osgood was very sharp. The only goal he allowed was one where he was screened and I don’t think he could see the puck at all.

It was pretty much a textbook road win for the Wings. Now they get just one day of rest and then it’s right back at it on Monday night.

This 4-1 win brings us to:
41 points

Detroit at New Jersey (12/5/09)

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings were on the road in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center to face the Devils. The goalies were Osgood and Brodeur. Rafalski was still out with back spasms so Kindl was playing again. Brad May was out tonight and Patrick Eaves was in. Ericsson was good to go after twisting his knee a bit in the game Thursday night. I thought he had rolled his ankle but apparently it was the knee. Luckily it wasn’t serious.

The Red Wings had their dads along with them tonight. They joined the team Thursday night in Detroit and are accompanying them on this New York / New Jersey road trip. Hopefully the Wings can show their dads a better performance tonight than they did on Thursday.

The Devils were on the second half of back to back games after beating the Lighting here at home last night. The Red Wings should be more rested since they haven’t played since the day before yesterday. The way their schedule’s been lately though I’m sure they’re pretty burned out.

In the first period Parise brought the puck into the Red Wings zone and dropped it back for Zajac. He dumped it to the corner and Parise chased it down. Osgood was out to cover the side of the net where Parise had the puck. He didn’t shoot it though because Langenbrunner was wide open at the faceoff dot on the other side of the ice. Parise passed it across to Langenbrunner who shot it quickly. There was no way Osgood could get back over to that side of the net in time so the Devils took the lead one to nothing with about four and a half minutes left in the first period.

A few minutes later the Devils entered the Red Wings end with three on two. Oduya had the puck. He brought it towards the net and shot it. Osgood didn’t seem to be expecting him to shoot. He left the five hole open way too long and the puck went between his legs and into the net. Osgood was thinking pass and Oduya surprised him. It should have been a pretty easy save but instead the Devils were up two to nothing.

Eaves was absent at the start of the second period. He had crashed heavily into the boards in the first period. He crashed feet first and since he was recovering from a foot injury the thought was that he may have reinjured it. When he left the ice though, it looked like they were working on his face. That probably wouldn’t have been enough to sideline him though unless he broke a bone. He did rejoin the team later in the period so hopefully he’s fine. He was wearing a cage when he came back out so I think the problem was his head, not his feet.

About halfway through the second period Helm took a hit at the Devils’ blue line and fought to regain the puck. He took the puck toward the net and shot it. Brodeur stopped it but the rebound bounced to Draper who chipped it back at Brodeur. Brodeur got most of it but the puck ended up stalled on the ice behind him. Draper muscled his way to it and pushed it into the net. That brought the Wings back to within a goal of tying the game. It was a really great job by Helm and Draper. They showed some real grit on that play.

Later in the second period the Devils brought the puck into the Red Wings end. Zharkov shot it and Osgood stopped it. The rebound hit Ericsson in front of the net and dropped to the ice. Before Osgood could cover it Niedermayer swung at it and knocked it into the net. That put the Devils up three to one and probably really hurt the Red Wings’ morale. You don’t win very many games in which you give up three goals to the Devils. Brodeur is just too good.

With a little over a minute left in the second period Elias was called for holding Lidstrom. On the power play Stuart shot from the point. Holmstrom redirected it with the heel of his stick and it went between Brodeur’s legs and into the net. That was a huge goal to get the Wings back into the game with half a minute to go in the period.

Early in the third period Brad Stuart made what will almost definitely be one of the top ten plays of the week. Pandolfo brought the puck in and shot it. Osgood got a piece of it but it bounced up and dropped in behind him just a few inches in front of the goal line. Stuart came flying in and swept it away just before it would have crossed the line. It was a great job by Stuart to save a goal and keep the Wings in this game.

About halfway through the third period Abdelkader had the puck along the boards in the Devils’ end. He threw it towards the net with Eaves standing near the bottom of the face off circle. Eaves redirected the puck perfectly to put it between Brodeur’s legs and make this a brand new hockey game. With just over 10 minutes left they were tied at three.

With about 30 seconds left in the game it looked like the Wings were going to score. The puck was on the ice heading for the goal line but Brodeur dove back for it and stopped it with his stick. Holmstrom had been hit in the back and driven down onto Brodeur. Brodeur didn’t like that and got up feisty, pushing and shoving Holmstrom. Nothing much came of it though.

That was the best chance for a game winner but it wouldn’t go so they went to overtime. It was a huge accomplishment for the Wings just to get a point out this game after being down early and battling back.

There were some very close calls in the overtime period especially at the Red Wings’ end. Nothing made it into the net though so the teams headed to a shootout.

Datsyuk was the first shooter in the shootout. He walked in with the puck and just ripped it beating Brodeur. Parise went next and did some trickery. He kicked his leg and then went forehand to backhand to forehand. He had Osgood all turned around. It was an impressive shot and it beat Osgood. Then Zetterberg came up and shot but Brodeur got it with the pads. Langenbrunner went next. He stick handled too much and never got off a shot. Bertuzzi was up and he did his move where he swings way out to the wall and then comes in backwards. He shot over the net. Zajac was up for the Devils and Osgood stopped him so they went to another round. Leino was up for Detroit and Brodeur stopped him. Elias was up for the Devils. He went back and forth a little to get Osgood moving, made a few dekes and beat Osgood for the winner.

It was a nice comeback for the Red Wings to get the point after having a pretty bad first period. Osgood played pretty well except for the one goal where he wasn’t ready. Stuart had a great game as did Helm, Draper, Abdelkader and Eaves. Hopefully they can get a win tomorrow night so their dads don’t have to see them lose three times in a row.

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

New Jersey at Detroit (11/08/08)

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Marty Brodeur was out with a torn bicep so Kevin Weekes was in net for the Devils.  Osgood got the start for Detroit.  The Red Wings were coming off a five day layoff.  They hadn’t played since Vancouver the previous Sunday.

Early in the first period there was a pretty good fight between McCarty and Clarkson.  Lilja laid a big hit on one of the Devils players and Clarkson took exception to it.  He was giving Lilja some grief so McCarty came over to go with him.  This was one of the longest fights I’ve seen in a long time.  They grappled and wrestled for what seemed like about five minutes, but they said later that it was a minute and thirty-five seconds.  A lot of punches connected before they finally went to the ice and the linesmen stepped in.  I may be biased but I think McCarty got the better of Clarkson.

Just a few minutes after the fight Detroit scored.  Rafalski released a shot from the blue line that hit somebody and deflected wide.  It went off the back boards to Hossa who shot from a really bad angle but somehow got it through Weekes for the goal.

In the second period the Devils got on the board.  It was a shot from the point that was tipped in by Parise right in front of the net.  Osgood never had a chance.

A few minutes later Hossa struck again.  It was a breakaway with Holmstrom going to the net and Hossa carrying the puck.  The defenseman focused on Holmstrom so Hossa to the shot and beat Weekes through the 5 hole.

The Devils had a couple of power plays at the end of the second and Detroit had a lot of trouble clearing the zone especially on the first one.  Luckily Osgood made some spectacular saves to keep the score two to one Wings.

In the third period Maltby scored to give Detroit a two goal lead.  A shot by Lilja hit a skate and stopped.  Maltby picked it up and shot it passed Weekes for his first goal of the year.

From that point on Detroit really closed the door on the Devils.  I don’t think they even had another shot on goal after that which was a good eight or nine minutes.

Osgood was phenomenal in this game.  In fact, except for a few minutes where Detroit couldn’t clear the puck out of their own end, the entire team looked really good.  There was no rust that you sometimes see after a long road trip.  I guess the extra time off really helped this time around.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
20 points