Wings Win In Shootout
April in the D started out positively with a win for the Detroit Red Wings on their home ice at the Joe Louis Arena tonight against the Florida Panthers. Hopefully their last three games can be even more successful.
The Panthers are battling for a playoff spot, so it was obvious that the game would be tight. The first period was rough for Detroit. The Panthers lead shots on goal 10 to the Wings’ 7. Detroit spent 6 minutes of the first period in the penalty box, which did not help the Wings momentum. The Panthers had a couple good tries on the power plays in the first, but the puck was not able to get past Jimmy Howard. The first goal in the game did not come until late in the first period. Tomas Fleischmann scored with a little over two minutes left in the period.
The second period was scoreless for both teams for the entire twenty minutes. Detroit lead shots on goal 9 to 8 for the second period. They had a couple good chances on the power play that was received off of the penalty given to goal scorer Fleischmann, but could not make any of the shots. The period ended with the Panthers leading from their first period goal, 1 to 0.
The third period was interesting to say the least. Shots on goal for the third period were led again by Detroit, 15 to 8. The Wings got lucky on one of their shots on goal, when Jiri Hudler scored a slot shot goal 5:30 into the third. Kyle Quincey gave a good elbowing to the face of Tomas Kopecky, getting a game misconduct and a 5 minute penalty that was served by Jiri Hudler 8 seconds after his goal. After, the legendary octopus was thrown on the ice by a fan which is always a good feeling. Despite Quincey’s game misconduct, Detroit did not slow down. Detroit was able to sustain pressure through the third period, making many great chances. This included Datsyuk’s attempt from behind the net. Datsyuk threw the puck up in the air from behind the net hoping it would hit the goalie’s head and bounce into the net. It was a great play, very Datsyuk like. However, all the Wings pressure did not amount to anything. The third period ended at a 1 to 1 tie, taking the Wings and Panthers into overtime.
In overtime, the Panthers had two shots on goal while the Wings only had one in five minutes. Neither team scored, which made the game head to a shootout. Pavel Datsyuk made the first shot and scored. Wojtek Wolski scored the first goal for the Panthers. Hudler sent his shot into the top right of the net and scored. Mikael Samuelsson’s shot was saved by Jimmy Howard. Both Todd Bertuzzi and Kris Versteeg missed the net. The Wings won the shootout with the same score as the game, 2 to 1.
The three stars of the game were Jiri Hudler, Jimmy Howard, and Scott Clemmensen. The next Wings game is Wednesday, April 4th on 7:30PM against the Blues. Will the Wings be able to win again?