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Colorado at Detroit (12/31/09)

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The Colorado Avalanche were in town tonight to play the Red Wings in this New Year’s Eve game. The goalies for tonight’s game were Craig Anderson for the Avs and Jimmy Howard for the Wings. Patrick Eaves was out with the flu so Leino was back in the lineup to replace him.

The Avs came out ready to play. In the first 10 seconds they had a scoring chance and the Red Wings took a penalty trying to stop them so they went shorthanded right off the bat. The Red Wings killed it off and Helm actually drew a penalty during the kill so they had a power play as well. No goals were scored on the power plays and things settled down a bit after that.

The first period ended with no goals but at the very end of the period Yip was called for delay of game when he put the puck over the glass with just 1.8 seconds left. Detroit started the second period on the power play. The Avs killed off the power play though so the game remained scoreless.

In the second period Datsyuk took the puck into the Avs zone and ripped a wicked shot into the top corner of the net. It was a heck of a shot and it burned Anderson cleanly making it one to nothing Detroit.

Towards the end of the second period the Avs were on the power play. Draper cleared the puck out to center ice. Hejduk was heading towards the puck nonchalantly not realizing that Helm was approaching to do some fore checking. Helm noticed he was unexpected and jumped on the opportunity. He grabbed the puck and took off all alone towards the Avs goal. He took it in and blasted it into the same top corner of the net that Datsyuk hit earlier. It was a shorthanded goal and it made it two nothing Wings. That play really showed Helm’s speed and skill. He’s such a great penalty killer.

With just 8 seconds left in the penalty the puck bounced way up in the air and dropped down in the slot. Howard came out to try to clear it but he missed it. It got behind him and Yip was there to put it in the net. Howard had kind of gambled on the poke check and he was just a bit too late to get it cleanly away.

In the third period Holmstrom was sent to the box for a crosscheck in front of the Colorado net. During the penalty Tucker passed to Yip in front of the Wings goal. Rafalski was there but he tripped over Howard’s skate and Yip scored tying the game at two.

Late in the third period Meech released a shot from the point. Leino knocked it down out of the air and it bounced down and between Anderson’s skates and into the net. They had to review the play to see if it was a high stick but it was called a good goal so Leino had made it three to two Red Wings.

With 1:59 to go in the game Filppula was called for tripping on a terrible call. There was no trip at all. If anything they could have called a hook but even that would have been a weak call. Colorado pulled their goalie for the power play. During the penalty kill Helm got the puck in the Red Wings end and sent it down the ice and into the empty net. It was Helm’s second shorty of the night and it made it four to two Red Wings.

This was a very important win for the Wings since they’re chasing Colorado in the standings. It was critical for the Red Wings to get two points tonight without allowing Colorado to get any.

Helm had an amazing game tonight. Datsyuk also played really well. In fact the team as a whole was pretty much on tonight. They sure didn’t look like a team that’s decimated by injury.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
20-14-6
46 points