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Vancouver at Detroit (3/23/11)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The league leading Vancouver Canucks were in Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. The goalies were Howard and Luongo. Hudler was back in the lineup after recovering from the flu. According to the announcers he said he recovered by drinking lots of fluids and eating Doritos. Must be an old Czech remedy! Datsyuk, Franzen and Bertuzzi were all out of the lineup with problems that wouldn’t keep them out if it were the playoffs, so it’s not too serious. Osgood was supposed be back for this game but wasn’t able to go so he went back on IR and MacDonald was called back from Grand Rapids again. Mursak was also up from Grand Rapids.

Detroit played a great game tonight but the Canucks did the same. The Wings got off to a good start and applied a lot of pressure early. Luongo was incredible throughout the game. Howard was excellent as well, bouncing back nicely after a subpar game on Monday night in which he was pulled halfway through. The first period was a draw on the scoreboard but I thought the Red Wings were the better team.

In the second period the Canucks started to dominate. They weren’t allowing the Red Wings any time in their zone. However the Wings were also doing a good job of stopping the Canucks until they scored a fluke goal that bounced in off of Lidstrom. Daniel Sedin had the puck near the goal line. He threw it towards the front of the net and just got lucky. There was no more scoring in the second period.

Halfway through the third period the Canucks scored again. This time it was a scramble in the Red Wings’ end after they failed to clear the puck. Howard was getting abused by Kesler in front of the net and there were several things that could have been called penalties. After being pinned to the ice he lost his stick and still made several great saves in a row but he didn’t get any help. Eventually Daniel Sedin put it in the net again making it two to nothing Canucks. There wasn’t much that Howard could have done in that situation.

Later in the third, Hudler scored for the Wings to break Luongo’s shutout and bring them within a goal of tying it up. The Red Wings weren’t able to score another one though and lost the game two to one.

Even though they lost, the Red Wings have to be pretty happy with the way they played tonight. It was a good, tight game that was well played by both teams. I think every hockey fan would like to see a seven game series between these two teams. It wouldn’t be boring, that’s for sure!

This 2-1 loss brings us to:
95 points

Detroit at Vancouver (1/8/11)

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

For the second night in a row the Red Wings played a road game in western Canada. Tonight’s game was against the Canucks in Vancouver. Osgood was supposed to start for the Wings to give Jimmy Howard a rest after playing last night, but Ozzie has a groin problem that may require surgery so Howard got the start. Osgood was still the backup for this game but he’s going to be evaluated next week by a doctor in Philadelphia and Joey MacDonald will be called up from Grand Rapids to backup Howard. It looks like we can add Chris Osgood to the constantly growing list of injured Red Wings. So just the day after going to a shootout in Calgary, Howard was starting in net again. This time he was up against Roberto Luongo. Kindl was called up to man the blue line in place of Brad Stuart.

Right from the start it was clear that this was going to be a tough, grinding game. The Canucks were all over the Red Wings. In the first period the Canucks had tons of shot on Howard. They kept the pressure up through the whole period, outshooting the Wings badly. Luckily, Howard was superb. He had a few saves that were absolute robberies.

Daniel Sedin scored a power play goal in the second period to give the Canucks the lead. It was a rebound that kicked out to the side right to Sedin. Howard made a diving attempt to stop it but missed and Vancouver went up one to nothing.

The Red Wings started the third period on the power play. Franzen scored the tying goal after a nice pass from Zetterberg found him streaking up the middle to the net.

With the game tied the Red Wings really stepped it up throughout the third period. They battled for every puck and every inch of ice. They played extremely well, outshooting the Canucks 17 to 13 in the third.

They weren’t able to take the lead though and the game went to overtime. In the OT, Kronwall made a nice move and put the puck in the net but the goal was waved off because Bertuzzi had made contact with Luongo who fell down like he was shot by a sniper.

The game went to a shootout. Hudler scored on the first shot for the Wings. It was a great shot. He didn’t deke or anything he just stepped up and ripped it. Luongo wasn’t expecting that and Hudler put it by him with a perfect shot on the stick side before Luongo had a chance to react. He was able to stop Bertuzzi but Detroit didn’t need a third shooter because Howard stopped Tambellini, Kesler and Daniel Sedin to the give the Red Wings their second shootout win on the road in as many nights.

This was an awesome game. It was an absolute war from beginning to end. Both of these teams are very good, but with so many injuries Detroit had to play harder to maintain their high standard. They needed secondary guys to play well and they certainly did. Abdelkader, Eaves, Helm, Hudler, Tatar, Mursak, Draper and Kindl all had great games. The top guys played well, too. It was a total team effort tonight.

No one on the ice played better than Jimmy Howard. He was really on top of his game tonight and a good thing because the Canucks played hard. This was a nice preview of a potential playoff matchup.

This 2-1 win brings us to:
59 points

Vancouver at Detroit (12/22/10)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The Canucks were in town tonight to play the Wings. The goalies were Luongo and Howard.

The Red Wings played really well tonight. They had great energy, made crisp passes and got the puck to the net a lot. But the Canucks played equally well. It made for an exciting game, but it made it tough on the Wings.

In the first period Datsyuk tripped over Samuelsson’s glove and landed awkwardly on his right hand. He finished the period but couldn’t take face offs. He left the game to go for tests during the first intermission and did not return.

The Red Wings had big goals by Cleary, Filppula, Zetterberg and Lidstrom. The Canucks had goals from each of the Sedins, Samuelsson and Tambellini. A few of the goals that Luongo gave up were softies. At the other end Howard did an incredible job of stopping the Canucks from putting the game out of reach. He had many amazing saves.

With the score tied at four at the end of regulation the game went to overtime. About three minutes into the OT Zetterberg scored the game winner.

It was good to see the Red Wings return to form. They had lots of energy right from the start and only got better as the game went on.

It was a solid game and a good two points, but it’s a little tarnished by concern about the Datsyuk injury.

This 4-5 win brings us to:
46 points

Detroit at Vancouver (11/6/10)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The Wings wrapped up their western Canada road trip tonight with a game in Vancouver. It was the second night of back to back games after having played last night in Edmonton. Jimmy Howard got the start for the second night in a row and Luongo was in net for the Canucks. Miller was back in the lineup tonight and Eaves was the healthy scratch. Babcock is rotating players because he wants to keep Hudler in the lineup.

The Red Wings dominated this game through two periods. Although the score was tied at the second intermission Detroit had about double the shots on goal as the Canucks and seemed to be pretty well in charge of the game.

In the third period though, it seemed like the Wings started to run out of gas. Detroit took four penalties in the third and allowed two power play goals. That turned out to be the difference in the game. The Red Wings allowed 23 shots on goal in the third period. That was more than triple the shots that the Wings had.

There wasn’t anything Howard could have done about most of the Canucks’ goals. There was maybe one of them that he’d have liked to have had back. It really just seemed like the Wings were tired at the end. I think the back to back games finally caught up with them in the third period.

This 4-6 loss brings us to:
17 points

Detroit at Vancouver (3/20/10)

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The Red Wings were in Vancouver tonight to play the second of back to back road games. Detroit’s goalie was Jimmy Howard and for the Canucks it was the gold medal winning Roberto Luongo. Eaves was out after being hit in the head last night. Cleary was also out with a lower body injury. Meech and Lebda were in the lineup to fill in for them.

The Wings got off to a much better looking start tonight than they did last night. They had a lot of energy and were battling hard right from the opening faceoff. They had an early power play that was pretty eventful but they weren’t able to score. They did get a lot of shots though and kept the play in Vancouver’s end for most of the two minutes.

Shortly after the power play expired Vancouver was working the puck in Detroit’s end. They passed from one point to the other. Ehrhoff received and it from O’Brien and fired with a ton of traffic in front of Howard. The shot hit Wellwood in front and redirected into the net while Howard was battling for space. He was bumped by Daniel Sedin but it was outside the crease and it didn’t look like Sedin really initiated it.

Later in the first period the exact same thing happened again. This time the shot came from O’Brien at the other point but again there was a ton of traffic in front of Howard and somehow the puck found its way through everybody and into the net. I don’t think Howard ever saw it. That made it two to nothing.

It was a good first period for the Wings in terms of effort. They weren’t able to score but they had more than twice as many shots on goal as Vancouver did.

In the second period the Red Wings continued to battle and pressure the Canucks. About halfway through the period Stuart shot from the point and it ricocheted off the back boards. Filppula tried to bank it in off Luongo and it dropped down right in front with Luongo out of position. Bieksa was standing directly over the puck and couldn’t see it. He did a complete 360 looking for it and it was between his skates the whole time. Finally, Bertuzzi was able to get to it and chip it into the net to put the Red Wings on the board. It was a funny play, but any way you can score a goal is a good one.

Right off the next faceoff, just five seconds later, Datsyuk got the puck. He stepped into the Canucks’ zone and ripped one beating Luongo with the long shot. Just like that the game was tied at two.

Late in the second period Lidstrom was called for holding. It wasn’t the best call I’ve ever seen. During the penalty kill Filppula stole the puck as the Canucks were trying to hold it in the zone. He jumped on it and took off on a breakaway. He made a nice move and beat Luongo high on the glove side. It was a beautiful shorthanded goal for Filppula on his 26th birthday. Happy birthday to him!

The Red Wings killed off the penalty and the rest of the period. They went into the second intermission up three to two. They had played really well through two periods. Detroit was outshooting the Canucks 30 to 21 and had 16 scoring chances to Vancouver’s 10.

At the start of the third period it was all Vancouver. Detroit continually succumbed to their fore check, turned the puck over and gave up scoring chances to the Canucks. About five minutes into the period the puck was chipped into the air. Daniel Sedin caught it right at the top of the crease. He threw it down towards the net and touched it with his stick just before it crossed the goal line. That tied the game at three.

After that goal the Red Wings stepped it up and started taking the play to Vancouver. Detroit owned the puck and had tons of shots and scoring chances for the next several minutes. Finally, Datsyuk drew a penalty and the Wings went on the power play. Detroit generated a lot of chances but didn’t score on the power play.

The Wings continued to pressure and at one point came so close to scoring that the play was reviewed to see if the puck crossed the line. Williams had put the puck between Luongo’s legs and it was headed across the goal line but Edler swept it out of there at the last second.

Regulation time ended in a tie so the Wings went to overtime for the second night in a row.

During the overtime the Wings continued playing well. It was some really exciting hockey that had near playoff intensity. Near the end of the overtime Detroit had the puck in Vancouver’s end. Filppula sent it back for Zetterberg near the wall with about three seconds left. Zetterberg moved towards the slot and shot a backhander that connected with the back of the net with only 0.3 seconds left (again!).

That gave the Wings the overtime win and the extra point that they so desperately needed. It’s amazing that they had buzzer beaters two nights in a row and that they both happened with 0.3 seconds left. That was just crazy!

This was a great and well-deserved win for the Wings. They played well the entire game and really earned the two points. They were in the hole early even though they were playing great hockey but they didn’t get discouraged. They battled back and won the game. Great job!

So the Red Wings got five out of six points on this their final west coast road trip of the season. I’d call that a very successful trip. That puts Detroit back up by two over Calgary for eighth place in the West. Let’s keep it going!

This 4-3 win brings us to:
83 points

Vancouver at Detroit (3/3/10)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The Vancouver Canucks came to town tonight to face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard was in net once again for the Wings. For the Canucks it was Roberto Luongo fresh from his gold medal winning performance for Team Canada. His head coach was Mike Babcock just a few days prior to this game. I’m sure that made for a strange situation.

Vancouver didn’t waste any time scoring. Kesler took a pass at the blue line and skated through everybody to the net. He made some nifty moves and caught Howard through the five hole. It was a great play by Ryan Kesler and it gave the Canucks the early lead one to nothing.

Later in the first period Zetterberg dug the puck out of the corner and sent it back to Jason Williams. He blasted one and burned Luongo, tying the game at one with five minutes left in the period. It was a beautiful shot by Williams.

Just 90 seconds later Kronwall had another scoring chance but he stepped on the puck and fell down. That caused a turnover that the Canucks started up ice. Daniel Sedin threw it to the net and Burrows tipped it past Howard. The Canucks had the lead right back again.

Early in the second period Zetterberg took the puck into the zone and it looked like he was going to shoot. He hesitated and waited for Luongo to commit. Once he did, Zetterberg released a beautiful shot that beat him for the Wings’ second goal. That was Zetterberg’s 200th NHL goal. It was great for him to score since Babcock had called him out a little bit after Monday night’s game saying that his line wasn’t as effective as they should be.

The tie didn’t last long that time either as the Canucks scored on a breakaway just a few minutes later. Lilja was changing and the Canucks jumped on the opportunity. Wellwood took the pass on the fly, skated it in, hesitated long enough to freeze Howard and burned him for a goal. That made it three to two Canucks.

A bit later the Canucks went on the power play and almost immediately after the faceoff Salo shot from the blue line. Howard was screened and never saw it. It went right by him and into the net making it four to two Vancouver. At that point Howard got the hook and Osgood came in. I don’t think Howard was playing all that badly. This was more of a message to the rest of the team.

A little while later in the second period our old friend Mikael Samuelsson shot the puck from far out near the wall. Samuelsson never looked at the net and Osgood wasn’t ready for it. The shot beat Osgood for the Canucks’ fifth goal of the game and their third unanswered one. It should have never gone in the net but it sure was a smart play by Samuelsson to fool Osgood that way. Things were looking pretty bad heading into the second intermission.

In the third period the Canucks went on the power play again. Daniel Sedin sent the puck from the point to the front of the net. Kesler was there and he redirected it between Osgood’s legs and into the net. Kesler was all alone in front of the net. Babcock did not look happy.

Later in the third the Wings scored a power play goal on a really nice play between Franzen and Datsyuk. Franzen made a nice move and dished it to Datsyuk down low. He continued to the net and Datsyuk sent it back to him. Franzen tipped it by Luongo and made it six to three.

That was pretty much it for this one. The Red Wings looked pretty sloppy defensively. They didn’t seem to have as much energy as they did in Colorado. They looked great on their scoring plays but they didn’t take care of business at their own end very well. Babcock will have some words, I’m sure.

This 6-3 loss brings us to:
70 points

Sameulsson Heads To Vancouver

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Red Wings roster shake up continued last week when free agent Mikael Samuelsson signed a three year deal with Vancouver.

He was an important part of the Red Wings team over the years. He had his ups and downs but overall he was a great asset.

Samuelsson admitted that the reason he decided to leave was for the money. That’s a shame but oh well, it opens a spot for somebody who wants to play for the Red Wings. I’d rather have a player who’s heart is in it than someone who just cares about money.

Good luck to Sammy in Vancouver, but may they never beat the Red Wings.