Red Wings Hold off Blackhawks for Season's First Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off early and late pushes by the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night en route to a 3-2 victory. It was the first win of the three-game old season for the Red Wings.

Chicago carried the play early, outshooting the Wings 12-7 in a scoreless first period and getting the game's first goal in the second.

The 'Hawks opened the game's scoring when Patrick Sharp tipped a pass from Kris Versteeg past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood just 1:23 into the middle frame.

Momentum shifted to the Red Wings several minutes later when Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart led the team in killing a long five-on-three.

Just past the game's midway point Nicklas Lidstrom put Detroit on the board, bouncing a cross-ice pass off the skate of a Chicago defender and past netminder Cristobal Huet with the Wings on a power play.

Kris Draper converted on a bouncing puck turnover at the Chicago blue line with 3:45 left in the period to put Detroit out in front. Draper coralled the puck on the right wing and ripped a shot into the top of the net.

Just 1:34 later the Red Wings were up by a pair when Johan Franzen tapped home a loose puck behind Huet on a power play. Pavel Datsyuk had fired a shot from the right wing that deflected off of a screening Tomas Holmstrom to slip past Huet.

Versteeg added a power play goal with 9:36 remaining in the third to pull Chicago to back within one but the 'Hawks couldn't close the gap, even after outshooting Detroit 15-4 in the final frame and ending the game on a power play and with an empty net.

Chicago outshot Detroit 34-23 on the night. Osgood made 32 saves while Huet stopped 20 shots.

The Red Wings scored on two of their five power play opportunities. The Blackhawks converted once in as many chances with the extra attacker.


Notes: Detroit newcomer Brad May - signed to a one-year deal earlier in the day - made his debut with the team. He fought Radek Smolenak midway through the first period.

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3 minutes in and Maltby gets called for hooking.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 7:42 PM

 

Killed off the penalty. There's not much to say right now. Neither of the teams are getting a huge advantage over the other.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 7:48 PM

 

May got in a fight and took the guy down. That wasn't very long at all.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 7:57 PM

 

Well Brad May's night didn't last long. Good fight though.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/8/2009 at 7:57 PM

 

Scoreless after the first period.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 8:13 PM

 

Hawks get the first goal. Crap.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 8:32 PM

 

Draper goes to the box for hooking.

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Survived through the 5 on 3!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 8:34 PM

 

Huge kill on the long five-on-three.

On the Cleary cross-check... How many times do you see that exact thing happen to Homer in front of the net but no call is made?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 8:40 PM

 

Lidstrom gets a goal! Wings tie it up!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 8:49 PM

 

We'll take 'em coming off the opposition's skate, they all count the same. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 8:50 PM

 

Draper finishes! 2-1 !!!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:01 PM

 

Seeing-eye shot by Draper. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:01 PM

 

If Gatorade hadn't invented a sleeve with a strap on it, that goal by Draper would have knocked it loose.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:02 PM

 

Holmstrom got that one?

Up by two now <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />

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Replay shows Franzen.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:04 PM

 

I was just ready to complain about the Wings passing the puck too much and the patience pays off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:04 PM

 

What's with these Yaldo Eye Center commercials? I miss Dr. Rahmani.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:13 PM

 

What's with these Yaldo Eye Center commercials? I miss Dr. Rahmani.


What on Earth's a 'yaldo'? I haven't seen it! I've been muting the commercials. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" /> To me Yaldo sounds like the yokel version of Where's Waldo.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:15 PM

 

Man, after the first I was getting a little worried, but then again, we are a better team in the 2nd and 3rd. Now let's just hold onto that lead and we will be back in business. I'm glad to be back to watching the Wings I'm used to.

Posted by rrasco on 10/8/2009 at 9:17 PM

 

It looks like to Babcock, Dr. Fil will forever remain as "Fill-a-pool-a"

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:25 PM

 

Holy Christ, Osgood just came up big.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:31 PM

 

Hawks get a goal on the powerplay. Lame.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:40 PM

 

Goddamnit. Ericcson hurt out there, Wings scrambling all over, 'Hawks score.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:40 PM

 

Aww f*ck, Chicago power play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:54 PM

 

Finally, a win! I can sleep peacefully.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/8/2009 at 9:55 PM

 

Held 'em off! Wings win!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/8/2009 at 9:56 PM

 

*SIGH* we held our line....GO WINGS!

Posted by rrasco on 10/8/2009 at 10:02 PM

 
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