3 – Final
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Detroit’s playing hot on the road – The Wings came into today’s game at the Flames with one thing on their mind…Pick it up defensively. With no Ericsson in the line up, the likes of Dekeyser, Smith and Brian Lashoff needed to pick it up. They played almost perfectly through the 1st period.
Goal came by the way of Pavel Datsyuk at 10:57 of the first. Point shot from Jakub Kindl which deflected off Calgary goaltender Joey MacDonald straight to Datsyuk who slotted it home. Bertuzzi and Kindl with the assists. Detroit had only had 3 shots on net before the Datsyuk goal.
6:18 later in the 1st, Detroit’s pressure down low forces Calgary to scramble to the right of their goal. Datsyuk won it along the boards flipped it to Bertuzzi who smartly saw Zetterberg on the back door who banged it home. 2-0 Detroit.
Zetterberg Goal Video.
Calgary came out and changed the momentum of the game. A Too Many Men on the ice call against Detroit gave the Flames a chance on the powerplay but Detroit slammed the door on the penalty kill.
10 minutes into the 2nd, former Redwing Jiri Hudler took a long banked pass from Smith who took it under pressure from Kindl, he lost the puck initially to Kindl but dispossessed him in kind, turned and saw butler coming across the blue line in the middle of the ice who took a slap shot from high and beat jimmy Howard low blocker side.
Replay showed it redirected off Redwing Joakim Andersson’s stick and through.
That wouldn’t be the end of the Flames who dumped the puck in low right side boards. Mike Cammalleri won the puck spun out gave a soft pass to the charging Monohan who slotted it home short side. 2-2 Flames tie it up.
Detroit had all sorts of defensive zone and neutral zone possession problems. Kronwall got caught on the back of a long shift who coughed the puck up in the middle of the ice. Smith also spilled the puck up in the Detroit zone to Glencross who snapped off a shot at Jimmy Howard who came up tall.
Detroit found their stride early on in the 3rd with Joakim Andersson banking a puck off MacDonald from the deep right circle. The goal which was later accredited to Tomas Tatar, it was reviewed and had been said to have come off his stick. Later again however Tatar announced he did not touch the puck and Andersson should be credited for the goal. For Joey MacDonald, This wasn’t the first time the coverage of the net was in dispute from his positioning and wouldn’t be the last of the game.
the 2nd goal of the period came from a dumped puck from Kronwall down around the boards to the right hand side. Abdelkader preceded to pick it up and again from the low right face off circle snapping it home over the glove over MacDonald. Another goal Mac would have wanted back.
Detroit controlled the majority of the 3rd period play with their renewed focus on puck possession. There were glimpses of a Calgary come back later in the 3rd but it was too much too late as they scored a goal in the dying seconds through Glencross his 4th of the season with 10 secs left to go to make it 4-3.
Simon Says Who’s On Fire:
- Pavel Datsyuk – 1 G, 1 A, 2 pts, +1 rating. As always Pavel Datsyuk both offensively and defensively played an outstanding game.
- Todd Bertuzzi – 0 G, 2 A, 2 pts, +2 rating. Uncle Bert got another chance to play on the line with Zetterberg and Datsyuk and he did not disappoint. Lots of play making generated from him.
- Jiri Hudler – 0 G, 2 A, 2pts, +2 rating. Even though his team lost, Hudler played with grit and determination and really generated a lot of threat, showing why he is the teams top pts scorer so far.
Simon Says Powerplay please?
Detroit managed 0/3 on the powerplay tonight and they are 8 from 43 on the powerplay season to date. Ranked 17th. Calgary on the other hand went 0/5 on the powerplay and they are 15th on the powerplay. Both teams need to step it up on the special units.
Redwings go 2-0 on their Canadian road trip with a game in Edmonton Saturday night. Calgary meanwhile are on a 2 game losing streak ahead of their road game in Chicago on Nov, 3rd.