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Washington at Detroit (3/16/11)

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Washington Capitals made a rare appearance at Joe Louis Arena to play the Red Wings tonight. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Michal Neuvirth. Rafalski returned to the lineup tonight after recovering from back spasms. Eaves and Miller were healthy scratches. Salei was not available because his wife was about to deliver a baby, so Kindl got to stay in the lineup even with Rafalski coming back.

This was a great game between two top teams. The Capitals came into this game on hot streak having won their previous nine games. The Red Wings have been struggling at home lately so they had their work cut out for them.

The defense was pretty tight on both sides. There wasn’t much room in the neutral zone and both teams were doing a good job of not allowing the puck in their own end for any significant amount of time. The Wings seemed to be managing to get set up and cycle the puck more often than the Capitals, but it was tough at both ends. Zetterberg opened the scoring about halfway through the first period. It was a great passing play that went all over the ice from Cleary to Bertuzzi to Rafalski and finally to Zetterberg who slapped it home. Just a few seconds later, though, Carlson scored to tie it up for the Capitals. Howard was screened by Datsyuk and didn’t see the puck until it was too late. The Red Wings got the lead back again a few minutes later when they worked the puck down low and Filppula tipped it in from right in front of the net. The period ended with the Wings up two to one.

There was only one goal in the second period but it was incredible. Ovechkin entered the zone with speed but Stuart was right on him. Stuart appeared to have his stick in the way but Ovechkin still managed to release a blistering shot that I don’t think any goalie in the league would have stopped. From an impartial viewpoint it was a thing of beauty. It was a great display of Ovechkin’s abilities but unfortunately it cost the Red Wings a goal to witness it.

In the third period the Red Wings were on the power play and Zetterberg took the puck in deep. As he passed Neuvirth he let go a backhand shot that found the tiniest of holes over the goalie’s shoulder. Even in slow motion it was tough to see how that puck got into the net but it did, and the Wings had the lead again.

At the end of the game the Caps pulled the goalie and Zetterberg was on the ice hoping for a hat trick with the net empty but there was no more scoring.

Both teams played really well tonight. It was great to see the Wings step it up and play well at home against a tough team. Rafalski had assists on all three goals so clearly it’s nice to have him back in the lineup.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
92 points

Detroit at Washington (1/19/10)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Red Wings were in Washington D.C. tonight to play the red hot Capitals. Osgood was the starter for the Red Wings and the Caps went with Jose Theodore.

The battle between Datsyuk and Ovechkin was highly anticipated. These two Olympic teammates are among the best players in the league and very competitive.

The Red Wings played very well in the first period. They had 15 shots on goal and they didn’t allow the Capitals to have ANY until almost 15 minutes into the game. The shot total ended up 15 to 3 in the first period. You can’t do much better than that against the Caps. The only problem is they didn’t score because Theodore was playing very well, too.

In the second period Cleary took it from the boards to the slot and dished it to Filppula. He shot it and the rebound came back to Cleary with a mostly open net but he couldn’t put it in. The second rebound came back towards Cleary as he was falling down and he turned around and swatted at it. It somehow found its way into the net and the Wings had the lead one to nothing. You gotta love the second effort and hard work by Dan Cleary; beautiful job!

Then later in the second period Green passed diagonally all the way across the neutral zone to Gordon. He passed it to Bradley coming through the slot. Bradley shot it and beat Osgood to tie the game.

The Red Wings continued to shut the Capitals down throughout the second period with the exception of the goal. The shots were 31 to 14 in favor of the Wings, and they had completely shut down the Caps power play. After the domination of the first two periods the Capitals were very lucky to be tied.

In the third period the Red Wings had a power play. They didn’t score but they continued the pressure after it ended. Filppula passed it to Rafalski two stepped up to the top of the circles and ripped one that burned Theodore and gave the lead back to Detroit with under ten minutes left.

A few minutes later Bertuzzi got tied up with Mike Green and ended up getting called for tripping. On the power play Backstrom brought it into the zone with speed. He made a move around Stuart, shot and beat Osgood. That tied the game again.

Then, less than a minute later Semin wound up and shot one that hit something in front of the net and bounced around. It ended up going off of Steckel and into the net to give the Caps the lead. It was just a crazy play and there was no way Osgood could have stopped it.

The Red Wings were not able to re-tie the game. After a fantastic effort in which they doubled the Capitals shot total 46 to 23 and held Ovechkin to zero shots on goal for the just the third time in his career, the Wings came away with nothing to show for it.

It was a huge disappointment. You can’t find too much fault in the way they played the game. There were very few mistakes. They shut the Caps down for the first two periods and just caught some bad breaks in the third. The Capitals have to feel very lucky to have won this game. The Red Wings should feel good about how they played but they have to be really let down by the results. What a bummer!

This 2-3 loss brings us to:
56 points

Washington at Detroit (10/10/09)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Tonight the Red Wings faced the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. This is the first game without Franzen. Patrick Eaves finally got his chance to play as a Red Wing. Brad May was also in and Abdelkader was recalled from Grand Rapids. Meech was in as well. Osgood was our starting goalie and Jose Theodore was in net for the Caps.

Early in the first period the Red Wings gave up a very soft goal. Bradley shot the puck from below the face off dot near the wall. It looked like it hit Osgood and slowed down a little but it got through him somehow and trickled into the net. It was one to nothing Washington.

Nearing the end of the first period, the Red Wings evened things up. They got the puck to the front of the net and it turned into a mad scramble with everybody whacking at it. Theodore was trying to cover it up but he couldn’t get control. The puck ended up on the ice right in front of Theodore’s outstretched legs. Leino came charging in and chipped it up and into the net. After scoring the goal Leino got nailed in the face by Sloan. I’m sure he was still smiling though!

With a minute left in the first period Washington went on the power play. Osgood stopped a point blank shot from Ovechkin. It was a beautiful play by the Capitals but the save was even better. It was a give and go play that left Ovechkin with a nearly wide open net. Osgood kicked out his leg and got the puck with his toe to absolutely rob Ovechkin.

The period ended with the score still tied and the Capitals still with about a minute of power play time.

In the second period the Red Wings were playing very well. After a slow start to the first they seemed to be really moving their feet and doing some good things in the second. Towards the end of the period they went on the power play again. Jason Williams let one rip from the point. It looked like it deflected slightly off the skate of a Washington player and went in. That gave the Wings a two to one lead and gave Williams his first goal since returning to a Red Wings uniform.

Early in the third period, with the Capitals still on the power play, Morrisonn scored to tie the game at two goals each. Patrick Eaves had just brought the puck down to the Capitals end and had a shorthanded scoring attempt. He was shoved off balance and ended up falling into the net and knocking it off its moorings. The officials let the play continue because Washington had control. They brought the puck into the Red Wings end and Morrisonn shot it. Osgood was screened and couldn’t see the puck until it was too late.

Past the halfway point of the third period the Red Wings went back on the power play. Datsyuk made a brilliant pass across the slot and back to Holmstrom. He released a bomb that beat Theodore and took back the lead for the Wings.

The Capitals pressured hard for the rest of the game but Detroit just shut them down. The lead held and the Red Wings one three to two.

The Red Wings looked great tonight. They had a slow start but they really ramped it up as the game went on. I much prefer that type of game over the fast start followed by the epic collapse like we saw in the first two games of the season. Bertuzzi had a noticeably good game as did the entire Filppula line. The Wings did a great job of coping with the loss of Franzen. They also shut down Ovechkin very effectively. I hope to see a lot more games like the one in the future.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
4 points

Detroit at Washington (1/31/09)

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Detroit went to Washington D.C. for this afternoon’s game against the Capitals.  Conklin was our goalie and Jose Theodore was in for the Caps.  The Red Wings were without Zetterberg and Holmstrom who are both nursing injuries.  Chelios was a late healthy scratch.  Leino and Abdelkader were in to fill the gaps.

The Red Wings looked pretty good in the first period.  There was a lot of energy on both sides.  There were a lot of good scoring chances but no goals until late in the period.  Towards the end of the period Ville Leino got his first NHL goal to open the scoring for the Wings.  And it was a beauty.  He skated in on the net and turn around backwards.  He waited a bit and backhanded the puck backwards into the net.  He sure didn’t waste any time making the most of his opportunity.

Shortly after Detroit scored Washington answered back with a goal of their own.  It was a long shot from the point that came through a lot of traffic and was deflected in front of Conklin.  There’s nothing he could have done about it.  That made it one to one at the end of the first period.

Again in the second period there wasn’t any scoring until the late stages.  This time it was the Capitals that got the jump.  A Caps player was tripped up by Filppula but he still got the pass away to Mike Green in the high slot area.  There was a delayed penalty on the play but Green wristed it by Conklin before they even got an extra skater out.

Then in the final minute of the period Detroit answered with their second goal.  It was a power play goal that started with a slap shot by Hudler from the point.  Theodore made the initial save but Franzen was right there to knock in the rebound.  That tied the game at two heading into the second intermission.

More than half off the third period passed without any goals.  With about seven minutes left Ovechkin scored.  He made a great move and a tricky shot that fooled Conklin and broke the tie.

A few seconds later Maltby was called for cross checking.  It took just six seconds of power play time for Ovechkin to score again.  Backstrom shot the puck and the rebound came back to him.  He tapped it to Ovechkin who was all alone near the net.  It was an easy goal that looked almost unchallenged by the Wings.  Ovechkin hadn’t had a shot since the first period and then in the third he scored on his next two shots.  He’s an explosive player but the Wings had some serious lapses of defense, too.  So, with five minutes to go the Wings were down by two.

With about a minute and a half left Washington was penalized for hooking and Detroit pulled their goalie so it was six on four.  Then Washington got another penalty call, this time for putting the puck over the glass.  Detroit put Conklin back in and went with five on three.  A few seconds later the Caps got another penalty for throwing the puck over the glass again.  That kept it five on three but it took Poti, who is one of the Caps best penalty killers, off the ice.  That all made it a little more exciting but the Wings still needed two goal in 53 seconds just to tie.  There was one shot that looked like it was in but it hit the post and came right back out.  Unfortunately they weren’t able to score.

This was Detroit’s fifth loss in a row.  I thought they played pretty well in this one overall but a few breakdowns can really cost you when the other team has somebody like Ovechkin.

This 2-4 loss brings us to:
69 points