Detroit Red Wings Finally Find a Way, Drop Calgary 3-2 in OT

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The Detroit Red Wings finally break their winless skid, taking down the Calgary Flames 3-2 in OT.

Much like last game, the Red Wings came out into the first period and got the start that they wanted. Just 26 seconds into the period, Calgary’s netminder Karri Ramo, paddled aside a shot with his stick that found its way to Daniel Alfredsson, who tallied his first goal since December 1st to put the Wings up 1-0 immediately. Calgary would respond in short order though, at 5:11, when the puck was shot off the back boards behind Jonas Gustavsson who lost track of it just long enough for Mikael Backlund to bat the bouncing rebound into the goal to tie it 1-1. Shots through one period were 15-6 in favor of Detroit.

The second period was a myriad of misfortune (that’d be a great band name, someone use that), for the Red Wings. They managed to strike again at 11:38, when Alfredsson let off a huge slap shot from the point that was deflected off of Joakim Andersson’s skate and up high into the net to make it 2-1, and give Alfredsson his 700th career assist. It was after that point that things fell apart slightly, as the Red Wings had an initial goal rescinded after it was determined that it never crossed the goal line. They then took 3 straight penalties, the last of which the Flames converted on. At 15:53, Flames captain Mark Giordano took a pass in the high slot and let off a quick wrist shot through traffic that beat Gustavsson to make it a tied 2-2 game leaving the period. Shots were still in favor of Detroit, 26-15.

A lack of activity from both sides, and some very solid goaltending led to a scoreless third period, and eventual OT with the Wings starting it with 1:18 of 4-on-3 power play time. It would be Alfredsson himself that turned out to be the hero, as he took a cross-ice pass from Pavel Datsyuk and let off a quick snap shot one-timer to beat Ramo and seal the victory for the Wings, breaking their 6-game loss streak.

Some positives to take away from this game, aside from the obvious 2 points: Datsyuk is looking like Datsyuk again. He’s turning players upside down and making those passes that just leave you speechless once again, and that is something this team needs with how many players they’re missing. The young guys are stepping up big time, and they’re learning their roles at a very quick pace. Glendening is looking more and more in place the more he plays, and Jurco looks like he’s played half a season with us already, let alone just his 2nd game ever. And we could have some key players back as early as this weekend. That’ll be Saturday night against the Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs. See you then, Nation!

-Nathan Webb


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