Red Wings Fall Short Against Senators

In a matchup that could be a preview of this spring's Stanley Cup Finals, the Detroit Red Wings' third-period comeback wasn't enough as the Western Conference's leaders fell to the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie the game but a late Ottawa power play goal gave the Senators the win.

Ottawa got on the board just 1:09 into the game on a power play when Daniel Alfredsson scored on a blast from the blue line.

Mike Fisher put the Senators up by a pair at 3:26 of the second. A Chris Chelios turnover put the puck on the stick of Luke Richardson, who sprung Fisher into the Detroit zone on a 3-on-2. Fisher raced in on goal and put a shot on Red Wings' netminder Dominik Hasek, then poked the rebound past him.

Detroit began the comeback with a power play goal by Brian Rafalski at 7:46 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk got the puck after coming across the ice to help a two-on-two battle for the puck on the right wing boards. He tapped it along to Rafalski, who jumped in from the blue line for a blast over the glove of Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery.

With 7:54 left in the period, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line wide of the net and off the back boards. The puck came out high into the left circle and Hudler stepped up to rifle a shot to the top corner of the net.

Alfredsson's second of the night negated the Detroit comeback. With 2:56 left in the game, Alfredsson's acute-angle shot from the bottom of the right circle slipped through a Jason Spezza screen and past Hasek for a power play goal.

Hasek finished the night with 29 saves on 32 shots against. Emery made 27 saves on 29 Detroit shots.


Notes: Ottawa's Dany Heatley left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

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oh gawd, I should have shut up. Damn, Damn, Damn. I think the jury may still be out on HASEK. From my vantage point, he should have stopped that.


Even I can't blame Dom there, like I said, hell of a screen by Spezza.3-2 Ottawa is actually the score I predicted earlier when asked elsewhere. I wasn't going to mention it because I didn't want it to come true.

Hey Clark ... you were close! hahah.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/12/2008 at 9:45 PM

 

Hey Clark ... you were close! hahah.


Since you were so eager to bet people, did you? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/12/2008 at 9:46 PM

 


Hey Clark ... you were close! hahah.


Since you were so eager to bet people, did you? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.png" />

Wasn't me, my mom's boyfriend was asking and that's what I told him. At least he won, I should have asked for a cut.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/12/2008 at 10:56 PM

 


Huge save by Hasek! Way to go Dom!That one's going on the site.


Yeah Please. I missed it between the set and the fridge. Damn.

It's been added.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/13/2008 at 1:50 AM

 

Great game even though we lost. Hopefully this is was a look at what we can expect to see in the finals.

Game note: It looks like they have lost Heatley for six weeks with a seperated shoulder

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/13/2008 at 2:58 PM

 

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