Hudler, Conklin 'Star' in Shootout Win
Jiri Hudler scored the tying goal in regulation and added the only marker in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 last night in Texas.
Ty Conklin stopped all three Dallas shooters to earn the victory in the battle of the back-up goaltenders. Richard Bachman started for the Stars and gave up an early goal from Tomas Holmstrom. Jan Mursak's hard work allowed him to send a pass into the low slot and Holmstrom teed up a cannon from the hashmarks that beat Bachman.
The Stars scored twice on some garbage Holmstrom-like goals by Brendan Morrow and Loui Eriksson.
Conklin made every stop after the first period, allowing Hudler's cross ice pass to be deflected in off a Dallas defenceman to tie the game at 2-2.
In overtime chances were traded but ultimately nothing was solved, and the shootout let Hudler work his magic. Pavel Datsyuk actually missed, which is something new. Hudler pulled off a Henrik Zetterberg special, baiting Bachman to the left before slipping a one-hander into the net. Conklin shut down the Stars for his third win of the year.
The Red Wings let the Stars hang around a bit much in this game, which had the Stars down thie rtop two centermen; Mike Ribiero and All Star Jamie Benn. Wings killer Eriksson did manage to get a point against them, which makes his points per game against Detroit something like 1.8, which is staggering.
It was a relief to see Conklin settle down and stop some shots after a subpar first period, but it still makes fans nervous to see him in the crease. He doesn't ooze that confidence Jimmy Howard does. It's something that hasn't been seen in a while. Chris Osgood had confidence, but he let in a lot of untimely goals, something Howard seems to be keeping away from. The trade rumours are flowing, but I doubt Ken Holland looks at a backup goalie at the deadline. Some sources are pointing to Evgeni Nabokov (remember that mess).
Among other names mentioned for the deadline include Ales Hemsky, Tuomo Ruutu, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Don't count on any of the last five to be moved based on the significant return needed to land a top player. Hemsky and Ruutu, however intrigue me. I would like to see Ruutu more than Hemsky. He has a mean streak and plays hard and actually skates. Hemsky just seems liek aone dimensional offensive guy that isn't even scoring this year. He plays soft and it's something the Wings don't need right now.
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