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Detroit at Los Angeles (1/7/10)

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The road trip continued tonight for the Red Wings as they rolled into Los Angeles to face the Kings. Babcock continued to show confidence in Jimmy Howard by starting him for the seventh straight game. Jonathan Quick was the goalie for the Kings.

Zetterberg and Cleary were both back in the lineup for the Red Wings tonight. That’s the good news. The bad news, and it’s pretty bad, is that Holmstrom broke his foot yesterday in practice and will be out up to a month.

The game started with a flurry by the Kings. Howard came up huge with several saves in the opening seconds of the game.

Near the end of the first period the Red Wings had a power play. They weren’t able to score on it but just after it expired they scored with just 0.2 seconds left in the period. Rafalski shot first and Quick sent the rebound out to the other side. Filppula quickly shot it again and it went through the five hole but hit Quick’s leg and bounced out to the side of the net. Cleary was right there on the doorstep and he banged it in for the late period lead.

There was no scoring in the second period but there were a ton of chances for the Kings at the end of the period. Jimmy Howard tried to clear the puck but turned it over near the net. He dove back to make the save and then made about five more during a huge scramble. The Red Wings recovered and got the puck out of the zone but Bertuzzi had to take a penalty in the process.

On the Kings’ power play there was another crazy scramble in front of the Red Wings net. Jimmy Howard was absolutely incredible during these sequences. The shots ended up 27 to 6 in the second period alone. Not a good period for the Wings but a truly brilliant one for Jimmy Howard.

Through two periods the shots were 37 to 19 in favor of the Kings. However quality scoring chances were 7 to 8 in favor of the Wings. A very unusual scenario for the Red Wings!

The third period looked like the Kings were on the power play all the time. The Red Wings could not keep the puck in the Kings’ end at all. The Kings were getting crazy amounts of shots on goal and the Wings weren’t doing a thing to stop it. Jimmy Howard was their only hope and he stopped one incredible scoring chance after another. This game should have been 10 to 1.

Midway through the third period, Howard got hit in the elbow by a hard shot and it stung him. Play was stopped for a short time but he shook it off and stayed in the game.

Then, with less the five minutes to go in the game the Kings were on the power play. Stoll shot wide and the puck bounced off the backboards to Brown who shot it again. The shot didn’t go directly toward the net but through the crease about a foot off the ice. Smyth whacked it out of the air and into the net breaking Jimmy Howard’s incredible shutout and tying the game.

From that point on the Red Wings started to apply some offensive pressure. With the game winding down Quick came out to play a dump in but it went to the corner. He thought he was going to just wait for it to come to the trapezoid but he didn’t count on the speedy Darren Helm flying in to play it. Helm got it and Quick scurried back to his net. Helm fought for it in the corner, won the battle and took it to the net himself. With just 17 seconds left in the game Helm shoved the puck towards the net and somehow got it by Quick on the short side to take back the lead.

The Kings pulled their goalie for the last few seconds of the game but the Red Wings held them off.

Wow! What a win! This was the definition of the goalie stealing a game and what an important game, too! The Wings desperately needed to get two points in regulation tonight since the Kings are another team they’re chasing in the standings.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen the Red Wings get outplayed as badly as they did in the third period. Luckily, Jimmy Howard proved that he is a world class goalie and the rest of the guys, especially Helm, worked their tails off at the end of the game.

This game would have been tough to watch if it weren’t Jimmy Howard’s performance. Thanks to him it was pretty exciting.

The shots on goal ended up 52 to 25 in favor of the Kings. I just can’t say enough about the game Howard played.

The Red Wings are still three points behind the Kings for the 8th playoff spot but they do have a game in hand. Hopefully, they can continue to chip away at the lead and end up comfortably in the playoffs by the end of the season.

This 1-2 win brings us to:
22-15-6
50 points

2009 NHL Awards

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Nearly a week after the heartbreak of losing the Stanley Cup, some of the Red Wings and the NHL elite gathered in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Finals are still a fresh and bitter pill but it was time to leave that in the past and honor some great players.

Pavel Datsyuk won the Selke and the Lady Byng. It’s nice to see him recognized for his great play. He was also nominated for the Hart Trophy but that went to Ovechkin.

Zetterberg wasn’t nominated for a single award which is real shame.

For the first time in a long time Nick Lidstrom did NOT win the Norris trophy. Zdeno Chara won it this year.

Ex-Red Wings assistant coach Todd McClellan did not win the Jack Adams Award. That went to Claude Julien.

The least cool part of the night was when former Oiler Glenn Anderson said, “…I thought I was down the street at the Russian Awards.” Apparently, he was referring to Datsyuk and Ovechkin. I don’t think he really thought that one through. They were supposed to be honoring the winners not roasting them. The comment did not get much of a laugh and it made for a bit of an awkward moment.

All in all though, it was a pretty good night. It would have been nice if they’d had a rock band instead of Chaka Khan, but I guess they were trying to class it up a little this year.

Congratulations to Pavel Datsyuk on bringing home two nice pieces of hardware this year!

Zetterberg Signs 12 Year Contract Extension

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Henrik Zetterberg has signed a new 12 year deal that will keep him in Detroit until he’s 40.  The Wings see him as their future captain.  Having him as a lifetime Red Wings is an amazing accomplishment for the Ken Holland and his staff.  It’s a testament to the greatness of the organization which starts with the ownership.  Thank goodness the Ilitch family is so great to work for because that’s the root of why the Red Wings are so consistently good.

Apparently, a conversation with Steve Yzerman helped Zetterberg make his decision to stay.  Over the next 12 years Zetterberg has the opportunity to build a legacy on par with that of Yzerman.  We’ll be watching Red Wings history in the making.

It’s great to see that even in the salary cap era you can still find a loyal franchise player.   Way to go, Hank!

Zetterberg Wins The Conn Smythe

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Henrik Zetterberg was awarded the 2008 Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the playoffs.  There were a few legitimate contenders for who should get the award, but you can’t argue against Zetterberg.  He really deserves it.  He’s probably the best two way player in the game today.  Way to go!