Red Wings' Comeback Not Enough in Loss to Wild

The Detroit Red Wings came back from trailing by two goals to take a late lead Thursday night but couldn't put away the Minnesota Wild, falling 6-5 in a shootout.

Brian Rolston scored on a slap shot from the slot and Marian Gaborik faked out goalie Chris Osgood in the shootout, giving the Wild the win when only Jiri Hudler could score for Detroit.

With just 49 seconds left in regulation, Eric Belanger tied the game for Minnesota. At the side of the net, Belanger gloved the puck out of the air and threw it onto his stick to put a shot in behind Osgood.

The Red Wings had taken the lead 19 seconds earlier when Dan Cleary backhanded the rebound of a Jiri Hudler shot from the blue line past Josh Harding.

The teams traded early goals just 1:03 apart, with Martin Skoula and Henrik Zetterberg scoring. Late-period goals by Marian Gaborik and Todd Fedoruk just 15 seconds apart put the Wild up by a pair before Valtteri Filppula pulled the Wings back to within a goal with 28 seconds left in the period.

Matt Foy gave Minnesota another two-goal lead at 3:00 of the second period.

A shorthanded goal by Dallas Drake cut the lead again at 7:32 and Niklas Kronwall tied the game 1:06 later, chasing starting goalie Niklas Backstrom from the Wild crease.

The Red Wings finished the night with 46 shots on goal, 15 of 19 stopped by Backstrom and 26 of 27 stopped by Harding. Osgood made 23 saves on 28 Minnesota shots.

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Chris Osgood, fresh off signing his new contract and being named to the All-Star team, gets the start against the Wild tonight. Backstrom starts for Minnesota.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2008 at 7:38 PM

 

Not that I really think it was interference, but #92 (who I can't spell) was right in the crease on the Skoula goal. Again, the Wings have had goals called back for less.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2008 at 7:45 PM

 

Cleary to Lebda to Zetterberg! Great effort! Wowwie ... They made it look easy.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 7:47 PM

 

Both goals have looked really nice. Hoping to see more of that from the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2008 at 7:51 PM

 

Weak, weak call on Kopy after the slash that knocked Datsyuk's stick loose was ignored. And I'll miss the power play as I've gotta head out to a soccer game. I'll catch up when I get back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2008 at 7:57 PM

 

WTF???? Mental breakdowns or just a couple of bad breaks???

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 8:11 PM

 

I'm liking FILPS more and more ....... He has moves and knows how to find the back of the net!

Did anyone see the interference on the WING (Knocked to the Ice) just as FILPS scored?

Who was that?

No call too.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 8:13 PM

 

I'm liking FILPS more and more ....... He has moves and knows how to find the back of the net!Did anyone see the interference on the WING (Knocked to the Ice) just as FILPS scored?Who was that?No call too.


In fact that hit on the un-identified WING as FILPS scored is more like CROSS CHECKING!

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 8:16 PM

 

Major League PRO Defensive play by RAFFIE ...

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 8:51 PM

 

Well into the 3rd ..... the pace has slowed as both teams get slightly more defensive. Looks like we may see this one grind out. The WILD have played very well. GABORIKs speed has been the difference.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 9:41 PM

 

6:09 remaining. Good pressure down deep by the WINGS force a WILD penalty. Best pressure by the WINGS in the 3rd.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 9:47 PM

 

3:35 remaining. The WINGS have controlled, but HARDING has come up big at least twice in the last 3 minutes. WILD continue to play tough.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 9:54 PM

 

1:08 remaining .... WOW! Great goal by Cleary from ZETTERBERG!

CLEARY is coming through big time -- 4 goals and 6 points in the last 4 games.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 9:57 PM

 

.46 remaining ..... Bellanger scores on a weird bank shot in off OZZIE (shot from the left side of the net almost perpendicular to the goal line ... Nice effort by the WILD.

This one is going to O.T.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 9:59 PM

 

What a game through O.T. Now we go to a S.O.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 10:08 PM

 

HUDLER was good, but GABORIK was better ...... OZZIE didn't look good. RALSTON's shot completely fooled him and GABORIK ended it, making it look easy.

Oh well ..... Great game overall ..... the WILD deserved the win, they played the WINGS tough. Hard to see either team lose, as the WINGS gave it their all as well.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/10/2008 at 10:15 PM

 

Probably a game where the Wings didn't deserve to get a point. Screwed up so bad in the beginning, were a bit lucky to come back, blew the lead when they finally got it. Osgood got hung out to dry on a couple of those, the defense was just gone at the start of the game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2008 at 10:53 PM

 

Probably a game where the Wings didn't deserve to get a point. Screwed up so bad in the beginning, were a bit lucky to come back, blew the lead when they finally got it. Osgood got hung out to dry on a couple of those, the defense was just gone at the start of the game.


Was it really that bad? I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/11/2008 at 3:04 PM

 


Probably a game where the Wings didn't deserve to get a point. Screwed up so bad in the beginning, were a bit lucky to come back, blew the lead when they finally got it. Osgood got hung out to dry on a couple of those, the defense was just gone at the start of the game.


Was it really that bad? I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Actually, I thought it was a very entertaining game. Entertaining in the sense that there were a lot of goals scored by each team, lots of good scoring chances, including a noteable come-back by the WINGS from a two goal deficit. On top of that, the WILD's goal 19 seconds after the WINGS took a 5-4 lead in the final minutes, which tied the game at 5, and send it to O.T. Was it the best effort, defensively, by the WINGS -- NO. Was it OZZIE's best effort between the Pipes -- NO. Was there some lapses on the part of the WING D -- Yes. But, I attribute a lot of that to a strong effort by the WILD. Neither team deserved to lose. Contrary to what some may believe, The WILD are no slouches. They may be inconsistent, but they have speed and grit. In this particular game, despite BACKSTROM being pulled, I both he and his Back-up HARDING played fairly strong. The WILDS speed and grit played the biggest part in beating the WINGS. This is a good wake-up call for the WINGS. The WINGS have a comfortable lead right now, but the other 8-9 teams vying for a play-off berth are going to be coming on strong from here on out. Let's hope the WINGS don't have some more injuries between now and the end of regulation.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/11/2008 at 4:38 PM

 

Entertaining, yes. Just didn't think it was a good game for the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2008 at 6:45 PM

 

Entertaining, yes. Just didn't think it was a good game for the Wings.


I agree with you on that. Entertaining yes, Outcome no. I did watch the first period again on the re-run, but opted out to view any more.Onward and upward, as they say.Best Wishes everyone in the new year.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/11/2008 at 7:45 PM

 

I was a little p*ssed at the loss. All of that effort wasted!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/12/2008 at 7:38 PM

 

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