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New York Rangers at Detroit (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Red Wings hosted the New York Rangers tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Martin Biron. The Wings welcomed Pavel Datsyuk back to the lineup tonight. Holmstrom was not quite ready to go yet so he did not play. The Wings entered the game in a slump having been shut out for the two previous games.

Detroit got off to a pretty poor start again in this game. For the first half of the opening period they had only one shot on goal even though they had a power play. The Rangers were completely in control of the game. Jimmy Howard was looking a little shaky but still managed to keep the Rangers off the board with some help from the defense and some desperation plays.

About halfway through the period it was like they flipped a switch and started competing. Datsyuk, Cleary and Helm led the way by example with their hard work. They played much better for the rest of the first period and it continued into the second.

The hard work paid off for Datsyuk early in the second period. He battled for a puck in the corner and got it out to Hudler. He then went to the net and got the puck back. He shot on the forehand and Biron stopped it but as Datsyuk was passing through the crease he reached back and backhanded the puck into the net. That broke the Wings goalless drought which had lasted for more than six periods.

The Wings continued to work hard and compete for the rest of the game. In the third period Stepan scored to tie the game. But then Hudler answered with a goal after a nice feed by Ericsson. Later in the period Miller scored on a rebound of an Abdelkader shot and put the Wings up by two. Not much later Dubinsky scored to bring the Rangers back to within a goal.

Nearing the end of the third period the Rangers had a 5 on 3 power play when the Wings high-sticked Sean Avery twice in a row. The second time he was cut so that was a double minor. The Wings killed off the penalties and held on for the win.

This was a great game once the Wings became engaged. It was awesome to see Detroit start scoring again and compete at a high level.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
32-15-6
70 points

Detroit at New York Rangers (12/6/09)

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings traveled to New York City to face the Rangers. Both teams were on the second night of back to back games. Jimmy Howard was the starter for the Wings and Lundqvist was the goalie for the Rangers. Rafalski was back in the lineup tonight having recovered from his back spasms so Kindl was out. Leino was also out and Brad May was in.

The Red Wings had their dads with them again for this game although some of them had their sons or mentors instead of their fathers. They were hoping to show them a win tonight after they saw them lose at home and then lose in a shootout last night in New Jersey.

The Red Wings had a much better start in this game they had in the previous two. They put tons of offensive pressure on the Rangers. There was one sequence where the puck went all the way across the net mouth about two inches from the goal line. It was just incredible that it stayed out since there were about five people standing in the crease.

After all that pressure and good play the Wings still ended up falling behind. Higgins took the puck into the zone and passed it across to Boyle in the slot. Boyle redirected it and got it up. It hit Howard in the shoulder but still got by him and into the net. The Rangers had the first lead of the game.

The first period ended with the Wings down one to nothing after soundly outplaying the Rangers. It seems like lately in the first periods of games the Red Wings either play terribly and end up way behind, or they play very well but make one small mistake and still end up behind. Luck has not been on their side lately.

Early in the second period Callahan had a breakaway with Ericsson chasing him. Ericsson hooked him and Callahan was awarded a penalty shot. He made a nice move but Jimmy Howard didn’t bite. He got his pad down and stopped the puck nicely.

Later in the second period the Red Wings went on the power play. The Rangers killed it off but just after it expired the Wings tied the game. Zetterberg shot it with Holmstrom in front. It went by Holmstrom and hit Lundqvist. Then it bounced out front and Datsyuk put it past the goalie to tie the game at one.

That score held until the end of the period so they went into the second intermission with one goal each.

In the third period Zetterberg was called for tripping when he made a nice hip check on Sean Avery who was practicing for his new career in Hollywood. This was after some legitimate penalties were not called even though they led to scoring chances for the Rangers. Luckily the Red Wings were able to kill it off so no harm done.

Just after that power play Bertuzzi was called for high sticking. On that power play the Rangers had a ton of scoring chances. Avery missed an open net at one point. Howard came up huge to stop about four or five shots in just a few seconds and help the Red Wings kill off the penalty.

The Red Wings broke the tie with about two minutes left in the game. It all started when Lidstrom made a great play on Gaborik to prevent a scoring chance and then did a beautiful job of protecting the puck and clearing it out to Zetterberg who took it into the Rangers’ zone. Holmstrom went to the front of the net and Zetterberg passed across to Cleary. He shot it from about the goal line and somehow the puck got into Lundqvist’s pads and made it through into the net. That gave the Wings the lead with only a few minutes left in the game.

The Rangers pulled their goalie with a little over a minute to go. As they tried to score Rozsival was called for interfering with Zetterberg. So the Rangers had to pull the goalie just to get back to even strength. With just over six seconds left Draper got an empty net goal to seal the deal.

The Wings played pretty well in this game. Jimmy Howard did a fantastic job. Stuart also had a good game and made one huge hit on Anisimov. It was a great win and it was also nice that the dads finally got to see them win.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
14-10-5
33 points

New York Rangers at Detroit (10/18/08)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Tonight was Ted Lindsay night at Joe Louis arena.  It was the counterpart to Alex Delvecchio night which was held last Thursday.  They unveiled some new artwork similar to the one the other night.  Earlier in the day they also unveiled another concourse statue of Ted to match the ones of Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe.

Zetterberg was out with a sore groin and Brad Stuart was also out with a bruised leg after blocking a shot in the last game.

Meech made the most of his opportunity filling in for Stuart.  He ripped one from the point about 30 seconds into the game.  The shot was redirected by Samuelsson and into the net giving the Red Wings the early lead.  The shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and down into the net.

Just a few minutes later Filppula entered the zone and shot the puck.  All the Rangers were focused on the shot and Franzen was pretty much ignored coming up the middle.  Lundqvist stopped the shot but the rebound came right to Franzen and he buried it.  That made it 2 to 0 inside of four minutes.

The Rangers got into the game before the midpoint of the first period.  The Red Wings were all digging for the puck in the corner and nobody bothered with Callahan.  Gomez made a nice pass to him and he was wide open against Osgood with all kinds of time and space to pick his shot.  Osgood made a move and Callahan beat him.

In the second period the Red Wings scored again.  Hossa passed to Lidstrom who took the shot which was then deflected by Holmstrom and then off the skate of a Ranger player.  Homer got credit for the goal.

A couple minutes after the Wings goal, the Rangers scored an answering goal.  The Wings were focusing on Gomez and he passed it to the open Dawes who beat Ozzy.

The second period ended with the Red Wings winning 3 to 2.

Early in the third period the Rangers scored to tie the game at 3.  They had some sustained pressure  with four or five good chances and finally Rozsival popped it in.

Just a few minutes later New York took the lead when Voros shot from behind the net and banked it in off of Ozzy.  After that Mike Babcock took his timeout to settle things down a bit.

Towards the end of the third period the Rangers were called for too many men on the ice.  The Red Wings made them pay with a power play goal to tie it up again.  Kronwall took a shot from the point that was stopped by Lundqvist but he offered up a juicy rebound that was driven home by Hudler.

At the end of regulation the score was still tied but it didn’t take much overtime to decide a winner.  Just a few seconds in, Datsyuk made a great pass to Hossa in front of the net.  Hossa scored for his first goal as a Red Wing and his 300th goal of his career.  As an overtime game winner it couldn’t have come at a better time.

This 5-4 win brings us to:
3-1-1
7 points