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Western Conference Semifinals, Game 4 (5/1/08)

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Detroit was attempting to close out this series with a sweep in this game.  Colorado continued to be plagued by injuries.

Detroit opened the scoring with a very soft goal scored by Samuelsson.  It looked like Theodore had it but it trickled through.  He looked behind him just as the puck was about to cross the line.  He dove for it but it was way too late.  Not long after that Holmstrom was called for a very questionable tripping call and Colorado converted on the power play.   They used some good puck movement and caught Lilja napping in front of the net and beat Osgood.  That seem to give the Avs a lot of confidence and they had the momentum for most of the rest of the period.  However, with about a minute and a half left in the period everything fell apart for the Avs.  Zetterberg got the puck on a breakaway with Holmstrom.  He passed the puck and Homer nailed it.  Then, a few seconds later It happened again, this time Filppula and, who else, Franzen.  The period ended with the Red Wings leading 3 to 1.  To add insult to injury, Colorado took a penalty in the last few seconds of the period, so Detroit started the second period with a full 2 minutes of power play time.

Not surprisingly, Colorado started the second period with Budaj in net instead of Theodore.  In the minutes he’s played, I think Budaj has been the better goalie.  Theodore just doesn’t seem to be on his game for whatever reason.

The goalie change didn’t slow down the Red Wings.  They started with a power play goal in which Lidstrom set up Zetterberg for a one-timer with Holmstrom screening Budaj in front.  I don’t think Budaj ever had a chance to see the shot.  Then Zetterberg scored again this time shooting backwards as he was falling down; a truly incredible goal.  A bit later Colorado was on the power play when Zetterberg stole the puck and started a 2 on 1 shorthanded rush with Franzen.  I wouldn’t want to be Budaj in that situation trying to decide who’s going to be the shooter between Zetterberg and Franzen.  Zetterberg passed and Franzen scored making it looked really easy.  Colorado was obviously very demoralized at that point since they had needed a goal on that power play just to get started on the road to getting back in the game and instead Detroit scored shorthanded.  The score at that point was 6 to 1.  Near the end of the second period Detroit got another power play goal.  Lidstrom took a shot from the point and Franzen redirected it.  That’s Franzen’s second hat trick of this series.  Colorado continued to play hard and Osgood had to stay sharp but the period ended with Detroit leading 7 to 1.

In the third period the Red Wings continued to shake their Budaj.  About half way through the period Hudler made a sweet pass to Samuelsson who scored a nice tap in out of mid air.  Detroit took a  couple of stupid penalties in a row and Colorado got a power play goal in a 5 on 3 situation.  That was the end of the scoring for the game.

I have to hand it to the Avalanche.  They continued to play with heart and pride right to the final buzzer even though the game winning goal was scored in the first period.  It’s pretty clear that with all the injuries that Colorado had they were hopelessly outmatched.  This was not the best that the Avs have to offer.  We’ll have to thank Minnesota for softening them up for us.  The Avs are a great team and they’ll be back next year and hopefully stay healthy.

As for the Red Wings, we’re moving on.  We closed out the first octopus, now we start on the second one.  Eight more wins to go!  Now it’s just a matter of holding this intensity level until the conference finals start.

Great job, Red Wings!

This 8-2 win finishes this Western Conference Semifinal series at 4-0 Detroit.

Round 2: Detroit vs. Colorado

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The first round is over and the results are in.  Detroit will face Colorado in the second round.  This will bring back a lot of great memories for some of us!  Maybe this matchup will rekindle one of the best rivalries in recent years.

Check out my video page (under pages at the right), to see a nice summary of the Detroit / Colorado rivalry.

Game 1 is Thursday night at 7.30.  Mike Babcock has said that Osgood will remain in net to start Round 2.  It should be a great series!