Lidstrom's First Hat Trick Carries Red Wings over Blues

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored the first hat trick of his twenty-year NHL career Wednesday night, leading the Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Lidstrom opened and closed the scoring for the Red Wings as they looked to rebound from a 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

After a scoreless first period, Lidstrom got Detroit on the board with a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle 4:02 into the second. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk gained the St. Louis zone before Lidstrom jumped into the play, taking a pass from Zetterberg and slapping a shot past Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak.

Carlo Colaiacovo responded just 1:18 later for St. Louis. Colaiacovo gave the puck off to Dave Scatchard as he gained the Detroit zone, drove to the net, and got the puck back to put a backhander past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Niklas Kronwall put Detroit back up with 3:53 remaining in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Halak just after the expiration of a St. Louis penalty.

The Red Wings made it 3-1 just 1:31 later, when Danny Cleary tapped in the rebound of a Lidstrom shot on the power play.

Lidstrom's second of the night gave Detroit a three-goal lead at 2:26 of the third. He blasted a shot from the blue line past Halak on another power play.

Brad Winchester tipped an Alex Steen shot past Howard at 6:42 of the period to give the Blues a power play goal of their own and cut the lead back down to two.

Lidstrom wrapped up the hat trick with an empty net goal with 30 seconds remaining.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play. St. Louis went one-for-three.

Halak stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced on the night while Howard made 19 saves on 21 St. Louis chances.


Notes: Kris Draper was back in the Detroit lineup, with Drew Miller out to make room in the lineup.

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Wings really need to rebound after the mess on Monday. It's the Blues tonight so that probably means an easy win or a heartbreaking loss.

Howard is back in net. He usually bounces back from bad games pretty well.

Draper in for Miller; Jiri Hudler is safe this time around.

I might miss the start, gonna try to get to the gym before the game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 6:31 PM

 

Caught the first at the gym. Wings looked good to start, Blues kicked it up for the latter half of the period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:29 PM

 

Helm may be back, but McClement is still a dick.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:34 PM

 

Great shot by the Perfect Human. Smart play to jump up into the play there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:36 PM

 

Ericsson got a bit burned there. Damn.

Edit: Solid on the two-on-one next shift, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:39 PM

 

Did he just say "Holy Whack-a-Mole?"

Posted by catmandu on 12/15/2010 at 8:44 PM

 

That was a little scary. If Howard had touched it, that's a goal. Damn, E, be careful.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:45 PM

 

Power play kept to the perimeter, not gonna get anything. Ericsson good on the two-on-one again.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:53 PM

 

Fantastic shift by Helm.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 8:54 PM

 

What's with the defense scoring today?

Posted by catmandu on 12/15/2010 at 8:59 PM

 

Kronwall outwaited Jackman there. Very nice play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:00 PM

 

Backes is a sack of sh*t.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:02 PM

 

Holmstrom avenged.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:03 PM

 

Jimmah!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:06 PM

 

Why wasn't that a penalty shot? I'll take it but WTF?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:27 PM

 

Why wasn't that a penalty shot? I'll take it but WTF?


It was worth it! I was just going to complain about it, too hahaha.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/15/2010 at 9:28 PM

 

And that's why I was fine with two minutes.

Great shot, great screen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:29 PM

 

Datsyuk doesn't lose the puck, he just loans it to the opposition until he needs it back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:32 PM

 

Karma's a bitch, Backes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:34 PM

 

Damn. Real nice tip.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:35 PM

 

Helm telling Babcock, "You're playing Hudler but keeping me on the bench? We'll see about that."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:42 PM

 

Did Pavs just go between the legs? Holy Christ...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:53 PM

 

Curly Fries!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 9:59 PM

 

I'm surprised no one jinxed it by how much they kept talking about him possibly getting a hat trick, but that's awesome <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/15/2010 at 10:01 PM

 

Lidstrom is too perfect to be jinxed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/15/2010 at 10:07 PM

 

OK... I am back from my trip to the desert and I am no longer dependent on 97.1 for the game. I see that I missed Nick's first career hat trick (go figure) however, I am looking forward to watching them on TV this evening! Hopefully DirecTV doesn't bone me with the NHL network broadcast as I rather enjoy Ken and Mickey. Go Wings and I look forward to seeing you guys in the forums.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2010 at 6:37 PM

 
Nicklas Lidstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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