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Toronto at Detroit (3/26/11)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

It was an old-school rivalry for the Red Wings tonight as fellow original-six team the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town for a game at the Joe. The starting goaltenders were Howard and Reimer. Bertuzzi was back in the lineup tonight but the Red Wings were missing Franzen, Datsyuk and Salei.

The crowd was really into it tonight. There were a lot of Maple Leaf fans who made the trip to Detroit and they were battling the Red Wings fans to see who could chant the loudest. Every chant of “Let’s go Red Wings!” was answered with “Go Leafs, go!” The Joe was rocking, for sure!

The game had a great pace and the score was tight through most of the night. The Maple Leafs are in desperate need of points to reach the last playoff spot in the East so they had the motivation. Detroit scored first when Zetterberg got his own rebound on the power play and banged it in. Toronto answered later in the first period when Kadri snapped one through a small opening into the corner of the net.

In the second period Detroit was on the power play and Holmstrom scored with his signature tip-in in front of the net. That made it two to one Red Wings. Later in the second period Boyce hit Rafalski hard into the boards after a pass. It looked to me like a pretty clean hit although Boyce did stick his right leg out a little bit as he hit him. Abdelkader was displeased by that and he stepped up and fought with Boyce. It was a pretty good fight but there was no clear winner. Abdelkader got the takedown, though. With a few minutes left in the period, Phaneuf cracked a pane of glass with a hard shot. As they started to repair it the refs decided to just go to intermission and finish the second period just before start of the third. The only drawback to that was that the Leafs were on a power play and they got a fresh sheet of ice to use after intermission. The Wings killed it off though so it didn’t hurt anything.

In the third period Lupul made contact with Howard in the crease. Howard was down making a save and Draper was on Lupul’s back. Lupul fell down on top of Howard. While he was pinning Howard to the ice, he swung his stick around and swept the puck into the open net. Incredibly, the goal was allowed. It’s pretty easy to score when you’re sitting on the goalie and I cannot understand why they didn’t at least wave off the goal due to incidental contact. I can see not giving him a penalty because Draper was right there and pushed him a little bit after he’d already made contact with Howard. But he clearly prevented Howard from having a chance to stop that puck. He prevented him from even getting up! As if all that wasn’t bad enough, Howard was also injured on the play. He had to leave the game and seemed to be favoring his left shoulder or rib area as he went off which is where Lupul landed on him. MacDonald came in to relieve him.

Just 38 seconds after Lupul’s tying goal, Hudler brought the puck into the Maple Leafs’ end and fired it from the top of the circle. Reimer missed it with his glove hand and Hudler scored to re-gain the lead for the Wings. The Leafs pulled the goalie at the end for the extra skater and Bertuzzi scored an empty net goal to seal the deal.

This was a great game with a lot of energy and a spirited crowd. The Leafs now need a miracle to make the playoffs. Since the Sharks also won tonight, the Red Wings’ two points keeps them tied for second place in the West. MacDonald was great again tonight coming in in relief of Howard. It’s about time he gets a win since lately he’s been playing great and still ending up with a loss or overtime loss.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
97 points

Detroit at Toronto (11/7/09)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

The Red Wings and the Maple Leafs met tonight in Toronto. The starting goalies were Osgood and Gustavsson.

There was some good news for the Red Wings on the injury front. Brad May returned to the lineup. It was a relief to find out that he didn’t have a serious eye problem.

Tonight was Hall of Fame night. There was a pre-game ceremony for this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Brett Hull, Lou Lamoriello, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman were all on hand along with Hall of Fame members from past years. They introduced the inductees and did a ceremonial puck drop.

The Red Wings got off to a bit of a rocky start as the Maple Leafs had several scoring chances in the first five minutes of the game. Chris Osgood was playing well and stopped them all with the assistance of a post on one occasion.

In the second five minutes of the game the Red Wings seemed to get their legs under them and had several scoring chances of their own. Gustavsson stopped all of them as well though.

Just past the 10 minute mark Primeau entered the zone with speed. Draper was on him but he fell down. Primeau took it to the net. He shot it and beat Osgood giving the Leafs the one to nothing lead.

With 25 seconds left in the first period the Maple Leafs scored again. Things got sloppy in the Red Wings end. The puck was bouncing around and ended up getting pushed through Osgood’s legs and stalling between him and the goal. Kessel skated through and finished it off giving the Leafs the two to nothing lead.

Early in the second period, with the Red Wings on a power play that was just about to expire, Stempniak and Stajan brought the puck into the Red Wings zone. They passed it back and forth a few times and then Stempniak passed to Finger in front of Osgood. Finger elevated the puck and caught the top corner of the net over Osgood’s glove hand. It wasn’t technically a shorthanded goal but the penalty had just expired so it might as well have been. That made it three nothing Leafs.

Later in the second period Jason Williams went down with his right knee twisted underneath hem. It looked really bad. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he broke his knee. He was basically carried off the ice without putting any pressure on his right leg. Not good news for a team already troubled by injuries. They later reported that he had been taken for x-rays.

The Red Wings did not find a way to score and the period ended with the Maple Leafs still winning three to nothing. At the end of the period the Red Wings were on the power play so it carried over to the third period. A few seconds before the penalty was over the Leafs were called again. Detroit had a 5 on 3 but it was only for a few seconds and the Leafs killed it. The Wings had some excellent scoring chances on the power play but Gustavsson made several incredible saves to keep Detroit off the board.

A few minutes later Rafalski passed it to Cleary who was going to the net. It was a perfect pass and Cleary made the most of it. He put it in the top corner of the net, finally beating Gustavsson and bringing the Wings within two goals. It was Cleary’s 100th career goal so congratulations to him!

After the goal Detroit seemed to have some momentum going their way but then they were called for too many men on the ice. The Leafs went on the power play and the Red Wings were unable to clear for a long time. The penalty killers were out of gas. Kessel shot the puck from the top of the circle. Mitchell was in front of the net and he tipped it down and in. That gave Toronto a three goal lead again.

A few minutes later Ponikarovsky shot and scored through Osgood’s five hole to give the Leafs a five to one lead. With about seven minutes left, this game was essentially over.

The Wings lost the game five to one. They didn’t play very well tonight either offensively or defensively. The Leafs had just played the night before but you’d have thought it was the Red Wings that had. At times they picked it up and played well but only in short bursts. The play of Gustavsson was huge for Toronto. For the Red Wings I thought that Helm played well and Lebda had “one of those nights”.

This 1-5 loss brings us to:
17 points

Toronto at Detroit (10/09/08)

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Game 1 started with a fantasitc banner raising ceremony.  The banner was brought onto the ice by some legendary Red Wings including Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, and Alex Delvecchio.  They passed it off to a delegation of current Red Wings who carried it to center ice where it was then raised.  All of the players from the cup team were on the ice including guys that have been sent to the minors or retired like, Helm, Drake, Downey, and Hasek.  It was nice to see that everyone was able to take part in the ceremony.

Before the game Def Leppard played C’mon C’mon, which was apparently inspired by hockey and will be somewhat of a theme song for the league this season.

The downside of winning the Stanley Cup is that we’re going to have to get even more used to every team bringing their A-game when they play Detroit.  The Leafs definitely did in game 1.  Although the Wings looked great at times, the Maple Leafs seemed to be playing with desperation.  They had more jump than the Wings did.

The Maple Leafs scored first with a power play goal.  The puck was centered in front of Osgood who tried to sweep it away to the other side of the ice.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t fast enough as Kubina came streaking in from the blue line and poked it away from Osgood and into the net.

In the second period the Leafs scored again at the tail end of a power play.  A very short time later the Red Wings answered with a goal by Holmstrom who was parked in front of the net.  He shot the puck backwards between his own legs, the defender’s and the goalie’s.

A giveaway by Cleary at his own blue line led to Toronto’s third goal of the night.  It was one on one against Osgood and he just got beat.

Holmstrom did it again for the Red Wings second goal which came on a power play.  Holmstrom was in front of the net again and was able to get control of the puck and poke it in.

In the end it wasn’t enough.  The Wings pulled the goalie and had a power play for the last 30 seconds but could not tie the game.  The ended with Toronto winning 3 to 2.

This 3-2 loss brings us to:
0 points