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 Detroit Red Wings Schedule - 2009-10

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PostSubject: Re: Detroit Red Wings Schedule - 2009-10   Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:18 am

Posted: Dec. 4, 2009
Edmonton 4, Detroit 1
Wings coach Mike Babcock: Team has its worst outing since October

BY GEORGE SIPPLE
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

The Red Wings were outplayed from start to finish.

The Edmonton Oilers took a 2-0 lead in the first period and went on to score the final two goals in the second period to beat the Wings, 4-1, on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

"I thought it was our worst game since we played in Buffalo," said coach Mike Babcock, referring to a 6-2 loss to the Sabres on Oct. 13.

"I saw continuous turnovers, guys getting beat up the ice. We weren't good. They came in here in a game they needed to win and we needed to win, and they were better than us, just from the start to the end.

"We never tilted the rink or pushed them or took over the game at any time tonight. The bottom line is the game's fair most nights. The team that works the hardest wins, and that's definitely the case tonight."

The Oilers twice scored goals that went in off Detroit sticks.

Tomas Holmstrom shot wide on an open net at 7:36 of the second period on an attempt that would have tied the game. But the Oilers took a 3-1 lead when a shot by Patrick O’Sullivan went off Pavel Datsyuk’s stick and slid underneath goaltender Jimmy Howard at 8:50.

O’Sullivan scored again at 11:47 to make it 4-1.

“Tonight, I thought they kind of took the wind out of our sails the way they got those two goals,” said Nicklas Lidstrom, who assisted on the Wings’ only goal.

Lidstrom fired a pass to Todd Bertuzzi from the Wings’ goal line to the far blue line in the waning seconds of the first period. Dan Cleary took Bertuzzi’s pass and scored his sixth goal of the season.

“We got a great break at the end of the first period where we should have probably come out of the period with nothing,” Babcock said. “We came out of the period down, 2-1. Which was, I thought, a kind statement for what we had done. We had every chance to come out in the second period and outchance them and outplay them. Well, that never happened. It went the opposite way.

“There’s no excuse for what happened here today. It’s unacceptable. It’s un-Red Wing-like. It can’t happen.”

The Wings were playing without defenseman Brian Rafalski, who was sidelined with a stiff back and Patrick Eaves (sore ankle). They were already missing Niklas Kronwall (knee) and forwards Jason Williams (leg), Valtteri Filppula (wrist) and Johan Franzen (knee).

“I thought we were fine right up until Raffy walked out the door here the other day,” Babcock said. “It started to add up a little bit. It affected us tonight. I didn’t think we managed the puck or executed. No one cares who is playing. They just want you to play well and I’m the same way. We weren’t good enough.”


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PostSubject: Re: Detroit Red Wings Schedule - 2009-10   Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:40 am

Last Updated: April 11. 2010 6:22PM
Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT):
Detroit will begin playoffs in Phoenix
Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Chicago -- The Red Wings will start the playoffs in Phoenix either Wednesday or Thursday.

The Wings clinched the fifth spot in the West and a trip to the desert when Brad Stuart finished a pretty pass from Danny Cleary to secure a 3-2 overtime victory over the Blackhawks Sunday.

The win also meant San Jose would get the No. 1 seed.

The Wings closed the regular season on a 13-1-2 run. They also ended with eight straight one-goal games. They went 6-1-1.

The Wings, outplayed badly through two periods, found themselves up 2-1 at 7:10 of the third after Brian Rafalski's wrist shot found its way through a maze of players past goalie Antti Niemi.

But that lasted about three minutes. After the play went end to end a couple of times, Marian Hossa threw the puck across the crease and it deflected past Jimmy Howard off the skate of Colin Fraser.

The play was reviewed and the goal was confirmed. Fraser made no kicking motion.

The Wings had to kill off a tripping penalty on Johan Franzen in the final 2:32, but they got the game into overtime.

The Red Wings came out of the second period with a 1-1 tie thanks to some stellar play by Howard. The Blackhawks kept steady pressure in the Wings' zone. They had a 16-3 edge in shots. They had two power play chances and were dangerous on both.

But Howard stood the test. He made three terrific saves on Patrick Sharp, two of them on one extended sequence in which the Wings' twice iced the puck, leaving the five skaters stranded for nearly a full minute.

Yet it was the Wings who got the only goal in the period, on a strong play by Patrick Eaves and Cleary. Eaves made the first pass, sending Cleary into the Hawks' zone. Cleary got off a hard shot that Eaves followed up and buried for his 12th of the season.

The Hawks had a 23-12 edge in shots on goal through two periods. If you add the missed shots and blocks, they sent 46 shots at Howard through two periods.

The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a power play goal by Dave Bolland. Eleven seconds after Kris Draper was sent off for interference, Jonathan Toews drove the puck to the net and Bolland stormed the crease. The puck seemed to go in off Bolland's skate.

It was the first power play goal allowed by the Wings' in five games.

The Wings had a couple of chances. Jason Williams shot one off the post and then during a power play, he knocked Antti Niemi's stick out of his hand with a blast.

On the same power play, Valtteri Filppula had a redirection chance denied by Niemi.

Niemi also stopped a mini-breakaway by Darren Helm.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100411/SPORTS0103/4110329/Red-Wings-3--Blackhawks-2-(OT)--Detroit-will-begin-playoffs-in-Phoenix#ixzz0kqzPbDCX


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