Posts Tagged ‘Wild’

Minnesota at Detroit (4/3/11)

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Red Wings played the Wild this afternoon in Detroit. Both teams played yesterday so the fatigue factor was about even. Detroit won in Nashville and Minnesota lost a home game to the Lightning. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Jose Theodore. Datsyuk returned to the lineup today so that’s great news for the Wings.

After a statement game in Nashville yesterday there was some concern that the Wings could have had a bit of a letdown for today’s game against the Wild who are out of the playoff race. It turned out that wasn’t a problem for Detroit. They played another solid game and looked good right from the start.

The Red Wings had goals from Helm, Lidstrom, Holmstrom and Franzen. Jimmy Howard was excellent when called upon but the Wings did a good job of limiting shots against.

Another Red Wing goal was waved off in this game for incidental contact with the goaltender. This time it was Abdelkader in front of the net. I really can’t believe the call because Abdelkader was pushed into the goalie and he got out of the way before Brad Stuart’s point shot was released. There’s no way that goal should have been waved off. It didn’t matter in the end but this is a disturbing trend.

The Wild didn’t put up much of a fight in this one and the Red Wings rolled to a relatively easy win which clinched the Central Division title for them. Now the lowest they can be seeded in the playoffs is third. This is the ninth division title for the Wings in the last ten seasons.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
102 points

Detroit at Minnesota (2/20/11)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

The Red Wings spent Hockey Day in America in Minnesota for an early afternoon game against the Wild. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom. This was a milestone game for Todd Bertuzzi who was playing in number 1000 of his career. Mike Ilitch flew Bertuzzi’s family in to Minnesota for the game so they could be there to witness his milestone.

This was a very defensive game. Neither team gave up much to the other. The chances were mostly all kept to the outside and there weren’t a lot of rebounds. It turned in to quite a goaltending battle as there were no goals scored until the third period. There were a lot of great saves though, mostly by Backstrom since Howard wasn’t challenged as much by the Wild’s shots. He was calm and poised however and was always ready when shots came his way.

In the third period the Wings got on the board when Hudler found Lidstrom entering the slot and made a nice pass to him. Lidstrom slapped it by Backstrom and made it one to nothing Wings. Just a few minutes later the Wings turned the puck over to Havlat who took off all alone to the Red Wings’ net. He made a nice move and beat Howard with a shot to tie the game.

From that point on the goaltending dual resumed and both goalies were stellar. Through the rest of regulation and through the overtime period they gave up nothing.

Datsyuk was the first shooter in the shootout and he scored a beauty. Then Howard made a save on Bouchard, Hudler missed the net and Howard made a save on Cullen. Bertuzzi was up next with a chance for the game winner in his 1000th game and in front of his family and friends. He took a leisurely pace toward the net, got in tight and shot a backhander up and over Backstrom to win the game.

What a great memory that will be for Bertuzzi and his family. Of course after his game winning goal he was mobbed by his teammates and they saved the puck for him to keep. He was all smiles and I’m sure that’ll be one of the special moments of his career.

It was nice to see the Wings win in a low scoring, defensive battle. That was more of a playoff style of game. They’ve been in some high scoring games lately so it’s good to know they can still win a game two to one.

This 2-1 win brings us to:
80 points

Detroit at Minnesota (12/26/10)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings played the first of back to back road games. They faced off against the Wild tonight with Howard in net. Minnesota went with Backstrom.

The Red Wings had great energy tonight. They had a lot of jump right from the start of the game. The weird thing about this one was that they scored the first two goals on really poor scoring chances from behind the goal line. Zetterberg banked the first one in off of Backstrom’s rear end. Cleary put the second one in with a shot along the goal line that somehow squeezed between Backstrom’s skate and the post.

In the second period Draper had a nice tip-in goal. Kronwall shot the puck and Draper hit it in mid-air. It made the puck start fluttering and it went right over Backstrom’s shoulder. Later in the second period Holmstrom scored a tough power play goal in which he had to contort his body and shoot the puck between his own legs. Not only that, but he was getting knocked down at the same time. He ended up landing on his own stick and breaking it as the puck went into the net. It was a great, hard-working goal.

Jimmy Howard was strong at the Wings’ end and made lots of incredible saves, but the Wild broke the shut-out with about three minutes left in the game. It was a power play goal scored by Brent Burns. Howard stopped the first shot but Burns popped in the rebound.

This seemed like a game where both teams were working hard but the puck was just bouncing right for Detroit. This makes up for one of the games where Detroit did everything right but just couldn’t get the puck in the net.

The only downside of the game was that Cleary was hit by a Brad Stuart slap shot. It was hard to tell on the replay but it looked like it hit right on the outside of his ankle bone. He had a tough time getting to the bench but he didn’t go to the dressing room. He played a little more after that but not much. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious!

This 4-1 win brings us to:
48 points

Minnesota at Detroit (11/19/10)

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Minnesota Wild tonight at the Joe. Jimmy Howard was the starter for the Wings and the Wild went with their backup goalie, Jose Theodore.

I thought the Red Wings played really well in this game although it didn’t seem to translate into goals. For most of the game the Wild were playing extremely tight defense. There was just nowhere for the Wings to go with the puck. When they got it deep the Wild were taking away all the passing lanes and clogging the ice in front of the net. They weren’t very concerned with trying to score; they were just playing very conservatively.

The Wild were still able to score goals however and on very few shots. They had a good scoring chance where Jimmy Howard was completely screened and they also had a fluky goal that somehow squeezed between Howard’s skate and the post. For the most part I thought Howard played well, but the goals still came. Even so, he made some incredible, acrobatic saves.

The Red Wings fourth line had another great game. They scored two of the Wings’ three goals. Eaves was in the lineup tonight. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s Eaves or Miller; they’re both very effective.

The Wings had the lead three to two as they approached the final minute of the game. Minnesota tied it up though just as they were about to pull their goalie.

The game went into overtime and John Madden scored the game winning goal for the Wild.

Minnesota played a very defensive and patient game. The Wings were all over them and they still held on and got the win. The Red Wings played well but it just didn’t work out for them.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
26 points

Minnesota at Detroit (3/26/10)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Minnesota Wild came to Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. The only lineup change for the Wings was the return of Patrick Eaves after missing three games. That’s good news for him but not so good for Meech who had to sit. Josh Harding was in net for the Wild and Jimmy Howard was the man for the Wings. Tonight was also Jimmy Howard’s 26th birthday so happy birthday to him!

The Red Wings got off to a great start with a really strong first shift that drew an early penalty. The Wild killed it off but the Wings had some sustained pressure.

Shortly afterwards at the Red Wings’ end the puck slid right across the goal line and the referee called it a goal. It did not completely cross the line though so after a review it was disallowed.

The first period ended pretty uneventfully. The Red Wings were outshooting the Wild 13 to 9 but they weren’t able to get one by Josh Harding. The Red Wings had three power plays but were thwarted each time.

Early in the second period Franzen got the puck after a faceoff win. He made a nice move and put the puck around Harding and into the net to give the Wings the one to nothing lead.

A few minutes later the Red Wings were on the power play. Lidstrom fired from the point intentionally wide of the net to set up Holmstrom. He tipped it perfectly and scored the 100th power play goal of his career. That’s quite a milestone! That goal made it two to nothing Detroit.

Later in the second period the Wings were on the penalty kill and were called for too many men on the ice. That gave the Wild a 5 on 3 power play. Detroit killed off the first penalty and then started pressuring offensively even though they were still a man short. Lidstrom fired the puck from the blue line. Ericsson was in front the net and swatted at the puck as it went by. Ericsson tipped it and it got by Harding. It was a shorthanded goal and it made it three to nothing Wings.

Then the Red Wings really caught fire. It was just 1:20 after the Ericsson goal when Datsyuk threw the puck to the front of the net from the corner. It hit the skate of a Minnesota player and bounced right in. The puck luck was certainly with the Wings tonight!

With a little over three minutes left in the period the Wild had a power play. Zidlicky shot down the slot from the blue line with a bunch of traffic in front of the net. Howard couldn’t see the puck. He got a piece of it but it dropped down behind him and Brunette whacked it into the net making it four to one.

Dan Cleary left the game in the second period after apparently re-aggravating a groin injury. That’s not good news. Hopefully, it won’t be long term.

Backstrom came in to start the third period in relief of Josh Harding. It looked like Harding just wasn’t feeling it tonight but they later announced that he had left the game injured.

Early in the third period Nolan shot the puck at the Red Wings’ net. It was a bouncing puck. Howard was trying to direct it away but instead it bounced right over his stick and went in the net bringing the Wild to within two.

Then the Red Wings had another power play when Schultz was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. On the power play Holmstrom passed it from behind the net to Franzen in front. It hit Franzen in the skate and bounced into the net. Franzen had his second goal of the night and the Wings had the three goal lead back.

Then, right off a face off win, Miller took the puck into the Wild’s zone and shot from about the faceoff dot. It hit Zidlicky in front and went in the net making it six to two.

From then on the Red Wings just coasted to the win. They had a few good scoring chances especially during a 5 on 3 power play in the final two minutes, but no additional goals were scored.

The Wings look like a team that’s really come together. They’re all playing well and seem to have a real sense of urgency. The best thing is the consistency. They’re playing solid hockey from start to finish night after night.

Next they face the Predators in Nashville tomorrow night. Let’s hope they can keep this roll going and pull ahead of the Predators for fifth place.

This 2-6 win brings us to:
89 points

Minnesota at Detroit (3/11/10)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Minnesota Wild faced off tonight against the Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena. This was another hugely important game as they all will be from here on out. Babcock moved Filppula onto Zetterberg’s line to hopefully help Zetterberg score more. He’s been in a bit of a slump lately. Josh Harding was the Wild’s goalie and Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings. Calgary plays later tonight so if the Wings can win and the Flames lose, Detroit will jump ahead of them into the 8th spot in the standings.

The Red Wings started this game with a lot of jump. Early in the first period they were pressuring hard. Franzen shot from the point with Holmstrom in front of the net and Datsyuk in the middle. Franzen’s shot was so hard that even though Harding got a piece of it with his glove it just powered right on through and dropped down just across that goal line. That gave the Wings the early one to nothing lead.

Later in the first period the Wings entered the offensive zone on a power play and Zetterberg passed it from one point to Holmstrom at the other point. Holmstrom fired the puck and it hit a Wild player and changed direction. Then it hit the knob of the goalie stick. It changed direction again and went into the net making it two to nothing.

Just a few seconds later Eaves passed it from behind the net to Zetterberg right on the doorstep. Zetterberg shot it immediately and burned Harding for another quick goal. The Wings were up three to nothing at the point on only eight shots.

Nearing the end of the period the Wild brought the puck into the Red Wings’ end and threw it towards the net. It hit Brad Stuart’s skate and went in with just 11 seconds left. It was three to one Red Wings.

In the second period the Wild went on a power play after Rafalski accidentally chopped Latendresse in the back of the head with a high stick. While the Wings were shorthanded Filppula and Miller started up the ice after a takeaway. Filppula went to the net and went all the way down past the goal line. He stopped and threw it back toward the crease. It hit Miller in the chest and went in the net making it three to one Red Wings.

With time winding down in the third period Franzen took the puck to the net. He made a nice deke around his defender and put the puck by Harding making it five to one.

That was the final score of the game as the Red Wings won it five to one. The Wings played a very good, complete game tonight. Zetterberg got back on track and the team as a whole played great 60 minute game. This is just what we needed to see from the Wings tonight. Now, if they can just stay consistent…

That put the Wings back into 8th place, at least until we find out how Calgary finishes later tonight.

This 1-5 win brings us to:
76 points

Detroit at Minnesota (1/27/10)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Not even 24 hours after Detroit’s latest in a string of disappointing losses, they were in Minnesota to face the Wild. The Wild’s goalie was Josh Harding and Chris Osgood was in for the Wings.

Early in the first period the Wild went on the power play. Koivu got the puck next to the net and held it like he was waiting for a shot to open. Osgood was totally focused on him but instead of shooting he passed it to Miettinen in the slot who had no trouble hitting the mostly wide open net to take the quick lead one to nothing.

The Red Wings scored a few minutes later when Lidstrom fired from close to the point. It hit something, possibly Zetterberg, in front of Harding and changed direction. The puck bounced down and Datsyuk corralled it and put it in the net. That made it a one to one tie.

Approaching the end of the first period Miettinen scored again. It was a bad angle shot that beat Osgood cleanly.

Just a few seconds later Datsyuk answered again. This time Lidstrom shot from the other point and Datsyuk deflected it in front of the net. It was pretty crazy the way Miettinen and Datsyuk were trading goals.

A few seconds after that Zanon ripped one from the blue line and Ebbett deflected it into the net. The first period still had over two minutes left and the game was already three to two Wild.

After one period Detroit was outshooting the Wild but the Wild were out chancing Detroit. It was a strange game. It seemed that Detroit spent most of the period on their heels so I’d say they were lucky to only be down by a goal.

After the crazy first period there was no scoring in the second period.

In the third period Belanger made a nice move to ditch Bertuzzi then he passed diagonally to Latendresse who one-timed it by Osgood for the four to two lead.

Just a few seconds later Koivu passed through the crease to Havlat who had snuck in back door. Havlat released a sharp angle shot and put it in the net. That made it five to two Wild.

That was the end of the scoring as the Wild beat the Red Wings five to two.

This was another depressing game. I don’t know if the team feels as confident when Osgood is in the net, but maybe that’s just me. Most of the goals against weren’t Osgood’s fault in my opinion. He was just getting all turned around because the Wild had such an easy time moving the puck. I’d put this loss on poor defensive play in general more than goaltending. I’m sure that fatigue was another factor being on the second half of back to back games. Things have to start improving soon or they might end up watching the playoffs.

This 2-5 loss brings us to:
59 points

Detroit at Minnesota (1/21/10)

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Red Wings and the Wild played tonight in Minnesota for their first meeting of the season. Jimmy Howard was back in net for the Wings and Josh Harding was in for the Wild. This was a very important game for the Wings to win in regulation since both teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot with the Wild trailing the Red Wings in the standings.

The Wings were looking good early in the game. They had a shorthanded breakaway with TWO quality chances. Harding stopped them both but it built some good momentum for the Wings.

In the first period Bertuzzi got in the way of a Wild pass and deflected it towards Datsyuk. As soon as he did that he took off to the other end. Datsyuk made a great pass up the middle to setup Bertuzzi on a breakaway. Bertuzzi fired a beauty and beat Harding for the early goal.

The Red Wings only allowed three shots in the first period. Detroit managed 11 shots on goal. It was definitely all Wings in the first period. They also out-chanced the Wild 5 to 1.

Niklas Backstrom came in to start the second period in place of Harding. There was a play in the first period where Harding seemed to be hurt. He stayed in at that point so I assumed he was fine but he may have been injured after all.

In the second period the puck hit the backboards behind Jimmy Howard and bounced over the net and back to the front. Earl was driving the net with Stuart right on him. The puck hit Earl and went in just as Stuart was riding him into the net and dislodging it. They spent several minutes reviewing it to see if Earl knocked it in with his hand or shoulder and to see if the net was on when the puck crossed the line. It was called a goal on the ice and ultimately that call was upheld. That tied the game at one each. Interestingly, one of the referees tonight was Mike Leggo. That’s the guy who decided from center ice the other night that Steve Ott’s shootout goal was in the net.

Early in the third period Helm was working hard in the corner and he came away with puck. He made a nice move and got it to the front of the net. He shot it but he was in really close and the puck just bounced back into the slot. Eaves was there and he banged it home to give the Wings the lead two to one.

Later in the third period Meech released a bomb from the point and Miller tipped it down and into the net. It was a sweet play and it gave the Wings a two goal lead for the first time in the game.

Later in the third Brodziak was falling down and he swept the puck through the slot towards the net. It bounced off Havlat’s skate and into the net bringing the Wild back to within a goal. The reviewed it to see if it was kicked in but it wasn’t.

Just a few seconds later a Hnidy shot from the blue line. The puck hit a Red Wing stick and bounced high in the air and dropped down in the slot. As soon as it landed Brunette ripped it. He took everyone by surprise and beat Howard tying the game at three.

The game stayed tied until the end of regulation so both teams got a point. Not what we really wanted but so be it.

In the overtime period Minnesota stepped it up. They outshot the Wings and spent most of the time in the Red Wings’ end. Jimmy Howard stayed hot though and the game went to a shootout.

Minnesota decided to shoot first. Their first shooter was Koivu.  He shot and Howard stayed with him and kicked it away. Datsyuk was up next. He went forehand to backhand and put it through Backstrom’s legs. Latendresse went next. He got in behind Howard but didn’t get it into the net. Then Zetterberg was up. He shot and Backstrom got it with his toe. Nolan went next for the Wild and scored to tie it up again. Bertuzzi came up next and Backstrom got it with his glove. Havlat came up and made some head fakes but Howard didn’t buy it and stopped him. Leino went next and tried to put it inside the post but Backstrom held his skate to it and didn’t budge. Burns was up next and he tried to wrap it around Howard but Howard got it. Cleary shot next and Backstrom stopped him. Miettinen was up next. It hit the post and it bounced out. Eaves came up and made a really nice head fake but his shot hit the crossbar. Zidlicky came in with speed, shot and beat Howard. It was up to Filppula to keep it going. He burned Backstrom to keep it tied. Belanger shot and Howard stopped him. It was Drew Miller with a chance to win it. He came up and ripped it by Backstrom giving the Wings the win and the extra point.

The Red Wings played very well in this game. A couple of bad bounces allowed the Wild to tie the game even though they had been pretty well dominated thoughout. It has to be frustrating for the Red Wings to not be earning points in line with how well they’ve been playing lately but at least tonight they got two. It would have been better not to give up the one to Minnesota but we’ll take it. As long as they keep playing well the points will come.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
58 points

Minnesota at Detroit (4/5/09)

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Today the Minnesota Wild came to Detroit for an early Sunday afternoon game. The Wild came in needing every point they can get the rest of the way to get into the playoffs. Obviously, they came to play. Detroit had lost three in a row all at home. This was their fourth opportunity to get their 50th win. Hopefully, they’ll have more success today than the last three attempts.

Osgood was Detroit’s goalie today and Backstrom was in for the Wild.

In the first period Detroit had a power play and Hudler came really close to scoring but he got the crossbar instead. The Wild managed to kill off the power play. Shortly after it ended they tried to clear the puck but Stuart was able to keep it in. One of the Wild players tried to send it around the boards but it hit the referee. Zetterberg picked it up and sent it to Hudler in front of the net. Hudler popped it into the net to give the Wings a one nothing lead. It was a bad bounce for the Wild hitting the referee but that’s the way it goes sometimes. It about time some luck goes the Red Wings way.

A few minutes later the Red Wings struck again. This time it was a beautiful tap pass between the legs from Hossa to Datsyuk who was skating behind him. Datsyuk took it toward the net, waited for the right time and then buried it. He showed great patience on the shot. He waited for the defender to lay out for the block and waited for Backstrom to commit. He just went around them and chipped it in over the goalie.

Nearing the final minute of the first period Osgood came out to play a puck that was dumped in. He was pressured by the Wild and chipped it to the boards. As Osgood was backing up towards the net Clutterbuck took the puck off the boards and shot it. Osgood wasn’t set and the puck got through him and into the net. That was a pretty bad goal to give up. It wasn’t a hard shot it was just a matter of not being set. That made it two to one Red Wings.

The first period was great for the Red Wings with the exception of the flubbed play that cost them the goal. Detroit more than doubled the Wild’s shots on goal.

In the second period Detroit completely dominated. They had chance after chance but Backstrom was making some great saves and the Wings weren’t able to score. With just over a minute left in the second period the Wild finally got the puck in Detroit’s end for a little while. The puck was bouncing around in front of the net. Gaborik chipped it towards the goal. It somehow made it through Osgood, Stuart, and who knows how many other people that were in front of the net and trickled across the goal line. So once again Detroit had dominated a game and somehow given up two lucky goals on hardly any shots. The second period ended with the teams tied at two.

Through two periods, Detroit still had more than double the shots of the Wild. Detroit had 34 and the Wild had only 15. Regardless of the shots on goal, the score was tied.

In the third period Detroit went back on their heels a little bit. They turned the puck over a lot and it seemed like the Wild had it in the Red Wings end a lot more than they had in the first two periods. Detroit was able to keep them from scoring though. Osgood had some great saves and several other players had some nice defensive plays.

Then, just as Bud Lynch was announcing the last minute of play, Holmstrom skated the puck into the zone and dished it to Hossa. Hossa fired a bullet that beat Backstrom to take the lead. The Wild tried to pull the goalie but had to bring him back out twice because of icing. On their third attempt Detroit got control of the puck so by the time Backstrom got to the bench there was only about 15 seconds left.

It’s a shame for the Wild and especially Backstrom that they lost because this pretty much eliminates them from playoff contention. They still have a chance but it doesn’t look good. Backstrom is a great goalie and the Wild are a great team. I would have liked to have seen them in the playoffs this year. The West is just too tough though. It must have been a heartbreaker for them not to get a point out of this game after being less than a minute away from a tie.

As for the Red Wings, they played very well today. They finally got their 50th win and broke their losing streak. Osgood looked sharp except for the one mistake on the Wild’s first goal. However, they still had too many turnovers in the third period. I think they’re moving in the right direction though.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
109 points

Detroit at Minnesota (2/21/09)

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Detroit was on the road tonight in Minnesota to face the Wild. Backstrom was the goalie for Minnesota and Jimmy Howard was in for the Wings. Howard was backed up by Conklin as Osgood continued his coach-mandated 10 days of practice.

Minnesota got off to a good start when they scored a goal early in the first period. The puck was behind the net. It came to Nolan near the face-off dot. Nolan shot quickly. It looked like Howard was pretty well set. He was square to the shooter, maybe a little deep. He got a piece of the puck but didn’t stop it. It looked like he had a little bit of nerves early on which is understandable.

Just a few minutes later the Wild were on the power play. Howard made a great save but the puck ended up with Nolan behind the net. He brought it out front, stick-handled around Howard and put it into the net for the Wild’s second unanswered goal. To make matters worse there was a delayed penalty so after the goal the Wild went right back on the power play. Luckily the Wings were able to kill off that penalty.

Early in the second period Detroit got on the scoreboard. Leino brought the puck into the zone on the rush. He took a shot that Backstrom stopped and the rebound came out to the slot. Kopecky pounced on it and popped it in through traffic. That made it two to one Wild.

Nearing the end of the second period Nolan cleared the puck off boards to Bouchard springing him on a breakaway. He beat Rafalski to the puck and went in one on one against Howard. He backhanded one high on the stick side that beat Howard for the Wild’s third goal of the night. The Wings were down by two goals again.

A few minutes later the Wings went on the power play and then Hudler was called for holding the stick so it was 4 on 4. The puck came into the Red Wings end. Koivu took it away from Datsyuk of all people and quickly passed it to Skoula in the circle. He one-timed it and beat Howard on the stick side. That put the Wild up four to one with a minute left in the second period.

Towards the end of the third period Rafalski ripped a shot from the blue line. There was traffic in front of the net and Backstrom didn’t get a good look at it. That gave Detroit their second goal. They were down by two with five minutes to go.

With about a minute and a half left Detroit pulled their goalie. They pressured hard for a goal but the Wild were too tenacious. With 1.8 seconds left Veileux scored the empty net goal for the some icing on the Wild’s cake.

The Red Wings were just plain out-played in this game. You could make a case that it’s because they had just played the night before but I think the Wild just have their number. The Wild played so well defensively. They were on every loose puck and they were on the Wings whenever they had the puck. All night long it seemed like the Wild had two extra guys out there. They were just everywhere. Even if the Wings were at their best I think it would have been tough with the Wild playing like that.

I don’t think you can put this one on Howard. A few of the goals probably should have been stopped but the Wings were out-shot and out-chanced in the first period. They did come back in the stats by the end but the slow start was too much to overcome. Their passing wasn’t crisp either. The puck was bouncing all over the place. Again I’m not so sure that this was Detroit playing badly; the Wild were just always in their face.

This 2-5 loss brings us to:
86 points