Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
Wednesday Night Rivalry Night – Lived up to it’s reputation tonight with the Chicago Blackhawks coming to play the Detroit Redwings for the first time since last years playoffs. That series Detroit blew a 3-0 series lead, to go down 4-3 to Chicago. This year, the teams are in different Conferences and different divisions, however one thing is for sure, there is no love lost between these historic franchises.
Detroit saw a few changes in the starting lines due to the consistent injuries they are facing. The first line of Zetterberg, Abdelkader and Nyquist got some momentum going for the wings early but could not sustain. The Blackhawks would score first, on a quick counter down the ice, Toews moved the puck to Oduya who shot the puck on net and Hossa got the goal. that would not be the end of the scoring by Chicago, a poor defensive error from the Detroit “D” landed them in trouble, Kane shot the puck off the bar and a post before falling to Shaw who slotted it home. Two unanswered goals would seem to be the beginning of the end for Detroit, crazier things would ensue.
Detroit had their chance to pick up some momentum and wasted no time, Smith with the rocket which cuffed Crawford up high, puck fell to Jurco who shoveled it over to Tatar, he shot it off Oduya and into the back of the net. This seemed to spark a revival in the wings spirit and momentum swung in their favour. With 2:18 to go in the first period, a perfect play by Zetterberg getting it to Abdelkader who beat his man and passed through to Patrick Eaves, he wasted no time snapping it past Crawford. Tied game 2-2, this made Patrick Eaves roar to life as he rang another two shots off Crawford in the dying minute of the first. Detroit out hit Chicago 14-6 as well out shot them 12-11.
Chicago picked up in the second much where they had started the first. Drew Miller took a penalty, within 6 secs on the power play, Patrick Kane won it back to Duncan Keith, he fired a pass to Patrick Sharp who wasted no time in ripping a slap shot home past Gustavsson. Patrick Sharp’s 26th goal of the season.
Detroit didn’t seem to waiver, they kept pressing, an icing call was waived off deep in Detroit’s zone, Zetterberg broke out, crossed the blue line, swiftly passed it to Nyquist on the right side of the ice, he saw Kyle Quincey jump up into the center of the play, he received the puck and perfectly placed it top shelf on Crawford. Game now 3-3 and for anyone to guess who would score next.
For the first time in the game Detroit would keep the momentum rolling in their favour and score the go ahead goal. Abdelkader won a foot race against Seabrook to the left of Crawford, and just tick-tack-toe hockey from Abdelkader to Zetterberg across the goal to Nyquist who scored his 7th of this campaign. Frantic Chicago defense held out the Redwings who received a 4 min power play courtesy of Brandon Saad’s double minor penalty for slashing and hooking. Closest Detroit got was Nyquist ringing another shot off the post. Daniel Cleary got called for interference in a play he jumped up on with Zetterberg and a four on four would take us to the end of the second period.
A horrible pass from Brendan Smith across his own goal just five minutes into the 3rd period would see Kruger walk straight in and snap it past Gustavsson. The game once again tied, 4-4. Both teams would swap penalties but neither team would score on their respective opportunities. End to end action continued throughout the 3rd period to finish with both teams getting golden chances to win the game. They headed into over-time, nothing could seperate the teams here 4-on-4 so it came down to the shoot-out. They went into the 5th round of the shoot-out, Jurco with some fancy moves was denied followed swiftly by Kruger, having some problems as he reached the crease, mishandling the puck for a save. 6th round, Helm steps up, skates to his right, bared down on Crawford and buried a low shot blocker side to put Detroit ahead. Andrew Shaw had to score to keep the round his team alive, he just couldn’t place it past Gustavsson and the Redwings who went down to St.Louis only two nights earlier came away with a much needed home victory at the Joe.
Simon Says 3 Stars Of The Game:
- Henrik Zetterberg ( 3A, +3)
- Patrick Kane ( 2A, +1)
- Gustav Nyquist ( 1G, 1A, +2)