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Red Wings - Flames Postgame Notes

Thoughts on the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Flames last night...

Positives
Jimmy Howard was pretty much spectacular. He had several stops early in the first and again early in the third that kept the Red Wings in it. Neither of the goals were his fault, as Backlund was left alone in the slot on the first one and the second was a bit of a fluke.

The power play looked better than it has all season. I wasn't happy with the last chance with the extra attacker but in general Detroit was moving the puck better and holding the points to keep the puck in the zone. I liked the Lidstrom-Modano pairing, they seemed more comfortable than Lidstrom-Kronwall. Still can't wait to get Rafalski back.

Henrik Zetterberg's goal to get the Red Wings on the board and Todd Bertuzzi's to end the scoring were fantastic for two different reasons. Zetterberg's was made possible by great passing to get him the puck and Bertuzzi's was just an incredible shot.

Negatives
Mikael Backlund should never have been left alone in the slot for Calgary's first goal. That's becoming a trend this season and it needs to stop.

The Wings came out slow again. Howard kept them in it but he shouldn't have to.

Calgary outshot Detroit 36-30. Part of that is the slow start but shots were 15-10 in favor of the Flames in the third period. The Wings' need to control the puck more to limit opposition shots.

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This is the first meeting in a four game series. Last year the Flames won both games at the Joe however, the Flames are coming off of the second game in a four in six night road trip. They won 1-0 in overtime against the Preds in their last game.

On paper the Wings lead in all categories except PK% and Shots per game.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 7:20 PM

 

Jimmy with a couple decent shots from what I've seen so far. Better than I did, that's for sure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:04 PM

 

Well f*ck. That looks familiar.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:05 PM

 

You could see that one coming. Very, very nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:08 PM

 

How did that not get cleared? Janik not looking good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:10 PM

 

Zata!!!!!!

Edit: f*ck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:12 PM

 

Start of the second... Let's get it back

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:35 PM

 

Huh. I've never seen that called before.

Posted by catmandu on 10/21/2010 at 8:37 PM

 

Datsyuk deked Backlund about six times to get the puck to Lidstrom. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:38 PM

 

NICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:49 PM

 

Modano still needs more shoot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:55 PM

 

Well this'll be interesting. Looks good to me.

Edit: That's a hell of a bounce. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:37 PM

 

I think Jimmy dove a bit there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:41 PM

 

Kronner, what the f*ck was that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:45 PM

 

Awful-looking powerplay there. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:52 PM

 

Never expect to see that from Bertuzzi. He jumped to get free and that was great shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:56 PM

 

Mickey's right, Jimmy's the first star tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:59 PM

 
Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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