Red Wings End Regular Season with OT Win over Blackhawks

Brad Stuart scored 3:11 into overtime Sunday afternoon, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the host Chicago Blackhawks.

The win locked the Red Wings into the Western Conference's fifth seed and a first-round matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes while preventing the Blackhawks from moving up to the conference's top spot.

Stuart's goal came after Henrik Zetterberg made a strong individual effort to gain the Chicago zone and draw three Blackhawks to him. He then passed across to Danny Cleary in the right faceoff circle, who centered the puck to a streaking Stuart to snap past netminder Antti Niemi.

Chicago had opened the scoring with 5:04 left in the first period. Jonathan Toews drove the net from the left of goalie Jimmy Howard and cut across the crease. Dave Bolland came in from Howard's right and banged home the rebound of Toews' chance, just 11 seconds into a Blackhawks' power play.

The Red Wings tied things up 5:01 into the second, when Patrick Eaves corralled the rebound of a chance by Cleary, knocking in a bouncing puck.

Tomas Holmstrom deflected a Brian Rafalski shot at 7:10 of the third to put Detroit up by a goal but Colin Fraser redirected a Marian Hossa shot past Howard with his skate 3:34 later to tie things back up.

Chicago's opening goal was the only power play goal of the game. The Blackhawks had four tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had two.

Howard made 27 saves on 29 shots for his 37th win of the season. Niemi stopped 18 of 21 Detroit shots.

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Is the audio not synced with the video? I swear I heard that goalpost before I saw it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 3:20 PM

 

Lots of guys in the crease there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 3:36 PM

 

Sign him, Kenny. Get it done.

That's why you go to the net, like Chicago did earlier.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 4:09 PM

 

Eat it, Kane, you whiny little bitch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 5:05 PM

 

Can't count on the Avs to help us out at all. Surprise.

And cheap call on Franzen in the final minutes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 5:26 PM

 

Holy f*ck, amazing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/11/2010 at 5:36 PM

 

Nice win there in OT to keep 5th. PHX, here we come!

Posted by baggss on 4/11/2010 at 5:52 PM

 

Nice win there in OT to keep 5th. PHX, here we come!


Very satisfying win....What I like about this team is that they've stuck together, remained cohesive, no matter the obstacles they've faced. I hope that gives them an edge going into the playoffs....Also, anyone see the Frozen Four games? Watching BC, I thought I could see how Patrick Eaves fit into that system...and the goal he scored today could have been right out of their current playbook...fast, tough, and opportunistic. And Cleary...WOW!I'm looking for the specific playoff schedule (like days and times), and I'm not finding it. Has it been released yet? If not, why not? (Are the powers-that-be trying to find a way to best screw the Wings or pave the way for the Penguins? Or more likely, am I looking in the wrong places...Wings website...NHL.com?)Go, Wings!

Posted by OldBroad on 4/11/2010 at 10:35 PM

 
Brad Stuart

Brad Stuart
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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