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Same Old, Same... Oh, Nevermind

After the first period, I fully expected this game to be another like Detroit's matchup with Anaheim earlier this week. Thankfully, the second and third periods were a bit better to the Red Wings.

San Jose made their mark - both on the scoresheet and on the Detroit lineup - early. Mike Grier scored a power play goal and Kyle McLaren got away with interference on Dallas Drake, driving Drake into the end boards and out of the game. The Red Wings would say nothing more than that Drake got "his bell rung." McLaren would get what was coming to him later when Aaron Downey went toe-to-toe with him.

Detroit got on the board in the second period with goals by Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg. Both were on hard shots from the high slot, something the Wings haven't been doing well. Those shots haven't been getting through but tonight they did.

Another thing that had been going against the Wings but went for them tonight: Quick whistles. Detroit lost out on a goal in Chicago earlier this season on a quick whistle but tonight they were saved when the officials lost sight of the puck in Chris Osgood's crease.

Matt Ellis' third-period goal - the first of his NHL career - ended up as the game-winner. Pavel Datsyuk added an insurance marker on a five-on-three made possible by a slash to the stick of Kris Draper by Mike Grier - another play that has gone in reverse against Detroit earlier this season.

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WOO

I am positively soooo excited for this game.

San Jose is my second favorite team! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" />

Hmmm, I wonder how they will do with Osgood in net ¬.¬

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/18/2007 at 3:48 PM

 

From practice today it was announced that Lidstrom and Zetterberg will both play tonight. That'll help the Wings a bit I'd think. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 6:43 PM

 

I'd love to comment on the Grier goal but it happened right when they decided to interrupt and tell me there was a tornado across the county from me. I'll have to replay it later.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 10:50 PM

 

Nice, San Jose already getting away with interference and injuring Red Wings. Must be nice to be one of the league's favorite teams.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:01 PM

 

"Good block by Lilja." Don't hear that too much this season.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:09 PM

 

Only three shots after a period. Ouch. That last one almost counted but, of course, that's not enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:16 PM

 

Way to go Kronner!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:41 PM

 

Halfway through the game and the Sharks finally get their first penalty. Oy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:48 PM

 

Hot damn! Z with the PPG! Wings lead!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2007 at 11:50 PM

 

Damn, that's what happens when you fail to clear.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/19/2007 at 12:06 AM

 

Nice little rumble between Downey and McLaren there. And I'll make that trade, keep McLaren off the ice for a bit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/19/2007 at 12:40 AM

 

A quick whistle to help the Wings. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/19/2007 at 12:44 AM

 

Matty Ellis! Put it on net and see what happens!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/19/2007 at 12:46 AM

 

Great passing and patience leading to the 5-on-3 goal. Another case where something that's gone against Detroit this season went for them, with the broken-stick slashing call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/19/2007 at 12:56 AM

 

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