Misconduct

Postgame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings - 1/14

I had joked before the game that Todd Bertuzzi was in the lineup for the Red Wings today because his skills would be needed for the inevitable shootout against Chicago. I was close, as it was Bertuzzi scoring with 39 seconds left in overtime to keep the Wings from a shootout with a 3-2 win.

Bertuzzi's winner (and his breakaway goal in the first) were fantastic and it's great to come away with two points, but I'm going to be a downer about this game.

The Red Wings absolutely dominated the first period. They had ten shots before the Blackhawks had one. If not for Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, Detroit could have had this game wrapped up in the first twenty minutes.

But they didn't. They carried only a two goal lead into the second period and then proceeded to play as if Chicago was out of it.

An odd bounce got the Blackhawks back into the game and then it was their turn to dominate in the third period, firing the first eleven shots of the frame. It took them the entire period but eventually they tied things back up.

Thankfully, the Red Wings dominated the OT and pulled out the win. That said, they had nine shots in OT, compared to only eight in the second and five in the third. That's a sign of how bad they were in those two periods, that they got more shots in a five-minute overtime than either of two entire twenty minute periods.

So, positives: Jimmy Howard was a rock, once again. Domination of the first period and overtime.

Negatives: Absolutely fell asleep in the second and most of the third. Let the Blackhawks back in it enough that they got a point in the standings to stay ahead of the Wings.

I'll take the win but they've got work to do.

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It's an afternoon game on national television for the Red Wings as they host the Chicago Blackhawks today, so given their recent history we should expect them to not get started on time and get outworked. Against a team like Chicago, that's not a recipe for success.

If Detroit manages to avoid the trend (they did, after all, have a very good afternoon game against the Boston Bruins in the Thanksgiving Showdown earlier this season), a win would tie their franchise record as the fourteenth consecutive home victory.

Todd Bertuzzi will be a game-time decision for the Red Wings. If he can't go, they're expected to ice the same lineup as they did on Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Mike Commodore will be out on defense and Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start in goal.

Game time is 12:30 PM. TV is NBC.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 10:03 AM

 

Bertuzzi in, Mursak out, according to the Wings' Twitter feed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 12:28 PM

 

Had to turn the volume off on NBC and turn on WXYT on the net.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 12:43 PM

 

Deflectable shot from White, Homer gets his stick on it. Anyone missing Rafalski right now?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:02 PM

 

Holy hell, Jimmy's awake.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:04 PM

 

I had tweeted before the game that we needed Bertuzzi for the inevitable shootout. Breakaways work too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:07 PM

 

Maybe the Wings' best overall period of the season. They've scored more goals in others but to hold Chicago to only four shots is something else.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:17 PM

 

Jimmy with a little bit of "I could do this all day." Not that I want him to have to.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:56 PM

 

Maybe Jimmy needs to stick to making stops and not playing the puck today, that's twice he's gotten a weird bounce.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 1:57 PM

 

Flukie play. Howard wants that one back.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:00 PM

 

Wings survive the second. Need to wake back up for the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 2:06 PM

 

OK. Interesting to see how the 3d will go...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:06 PM

 

seeing too many 2d and 3d period starts where the other team always has a jump on us... getting old...

we're getting owned right now...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 2:27 PM

 

Wings absolutely chasing their own tails. 'Hawks skating circles around them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 2:28 PM

 

I had tweeted before the game that we needed Bertuzzi for the inevitable shootout. Breakaways work too.


Damn close you were.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/14/2012 at 3:04 PM

 

Bertuzzi was a goddamned beast in the 25 minutes the Wings actually played today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/14/2012 at 3:05 PM

 

Now that was a good old hockey game!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 1/14/2012 at 3:11 PM

 
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