Posts Tagged ‘Hudler’

Bertuzzi Returning to Detroit

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The Red Wings have signed Todd Bertuzzi again to a one year deal. That addition along with Patrick Eaves and the return of Jason Williams is expected to offset the loss of Hossa, Samuelsson, and Hudler.

The Wings now have a salary cap problem and will have to drop some players. They’re expecting more production from the younger players coming up from Grand Rapids.

It’ll be interesting to see how good the Wings will be next season. I’m inclined to think they will be a little bit worse, but it all depends on how much the younger guys can step up and contribute.

Nashville at Detroit (2/18/09)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings were at home to face the Nashville Predators. Before the game there was a ceremony to honor Kris Draper for passing the 1000th game milestone. His family was with him at center ice. They showed highlights from his career on the scoreboard and presented him with an award.

Dan Ellis was the net minder for the Predators and Conklin was in net for the Wings. Franzen returned from injury in this game; it’s great to see him get back in the action.

Pretty quickly in the first period Detroit went on the power play. Kronwall released a shot from the point that hit Franzen in front of the net. The puck dropped to the ice and Hudler picked it up and put it in the top corner of the net. That was Hudler’s 20th goal of the season. Hossa picked up the puck so that Hudler could save it. 

A few minutes later Detroit got another power play and scored within the first few seconds. Nashville won the face-off but Datsyuk ended up with the puck along the boards. He passed it to the front of the net and Zetterberg tipped it in.

With only 6.2 seconds left in the first period Nashville scored a power play goal. Sullivan shot the puck from the point. It was actually intended to be a pass but it hit Datsyuk’s stick and deflected into the net. There was nothing Conklin could have done about it.  Thanks to that late goal Nashville was only down by one goal even though Detroit pretty well dominated the first period.

Halfway through the second period Lidstrom scored with a heavy one-timer from the point. Kronwall had the puck and tried to send it through the middle. It went off a Nashville player right to Lidstrom. His goal made it three to one Wings.

A few minutes later Sullivan scored again for Nashville. Detroit got caught in a line change. Nashville turned the puck up ice. Conklin stopped the initial shot but the rebound came to Sullivan. That brought his team back to within one goal.

A few minutes after that Detroit scored another power play goal to make it four to two. Franzen was working the middle. Zetterberg got the puck to him and he used his great hands to finesse the puck in traffic and put it in the net.

At the end of the second period Detroit got another power play. They didn’t score before the period ended so they started the third with the man advantage. Datsyuk got the puck across to Lidstrom at the face-off dot and he one-timed it into the net. It was their fourth power play goal of the game which is a season high. That made it five to two Wings.

Later in the third period Hamhuis hit Hudler from behind when he was on his knees and drove his head into the boards. At the next whistle there was a bit of a scuffle. Hossa ended up in a fight with Suter. During the fight Suter pulled Hossa’s jersey off. He probably figured it wouldn’t be tied down since Hossa very rarely fights and he was right. That was an automatic misconduct and the end of the game for Hossa. Not that it mattered much with 10 minutes to go and a three goal lead. Nashville ended up with a power play out of the deal. Draper was then called for boarding so the Predators had a 5 on 3 for 1:37. The Wings were able to kill off the penalty time without much trouble.

As the game was winding down Tootoo took a stupid penalty. On the power play Hudler got the puck to Franzen in front of the net. He scored his second goal of the night and the Red Wings fifth power play goal.

That was it for this game. The Red Wings dominated the Predators completely. It was a text book win. Lots of Wings had multiple points. Hopefully, they can keep this roll going against the tougher teams in the league.

This 2-6 win brings us to:
84 points