Red Wings' Rally Falls Short in St. Louis

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 4-1 to pull within a goal Thursday night but couldn't get the evener, falling to the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Patrick Eaves scored second-period goals but St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third to hold onto the lead for the Blues.

Lidstrom's goal came on a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle with 8:27 left in the middle period and the Red Wings on a five-on-three.

Eaves scored with 3:09 left in the period, snapping a shot from the top of the right circle past Halak after Kris Draper and Darren Helm dug the puck out from behind the net.

The Blues opened the scoring with 6:39 left in the first. Erik Johnson one-timed a shot from the blue line through a crowd and past Chris Osgood on a St. Louis power play.

Johan Franzen responded just 30 seconds later, tying the game on a snapper from the left faceoff dot.

Only 36 seconds after that, Patrick Berglund scored the first of two goals to restore the St. Louis lead, beating Osgood from the high slot.

Berglund scored again with 1:13 left in the first, just three seconds after the expiration of a penalty to Detroit's Niklas Kronwall. Berglund's shot from the left wing boards went through a crowd and past Osgood to make it 3-1.

Matt D'Agostini made it 4-1 at 5:51 of the second. Jonathan Ericsson gave the puck away in the neutral zone and it was picked up by Eric Brewer. Brewer sent it up to David Backes, who sprung D'Agostini for a break in on Osgood. He faked out Osgood and slid the puck past him for the eventual game-winner.

Osgood finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots in his second failed bid at his 400th career win. Halak stopped 35 of 38 Detroit chances.

Both teams went one-for-four on the power play.

The Red Wings are now off for Christmas but return on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

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Chris Osgood gets another chance to go for his 400th career win tonight against one of his former teams, the St. Louis Blues.

It's night one of Detroit's month without Pavel Datsyuk, which means Kris Draper is back in the lineup.

I haven't been paying attention to news today so that's all I've got. I'm running around a bit tonight so I might be late getting to the thread. I'll check in when I can.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/23/2010 at 6:31 PM

 

Holy sh*t!!! 40 seconds into the game and they already have three SOG's??? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's get it together boys! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:11 PM

 

They are hitting us pretty hard.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:19 PM

 

Way to get that one back!!! J.M.F!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:29 PM

 

f*ck!!!! Come on Ozzie... What the hell?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:30 PM

 

Come on Hudler... Can you contribute to something other than blown plays?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:32 PM

 

Are you serious? That was a slash? Give me a f*cking break.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:36 PM

 

Well... It looks like 400 is a curse and not going to happen any time soon.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:39 PM

 

That PP couldn't look any worse... Why don't you just let them walk in for the Shorty?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:43 PM

 

1st period was a wash. The first goal was not Ozzie's fault as there was no way he could see the puck. The second one was all him as he was out of position and the final goal was just a clusterf*ck all around.

Need to come out in the second with our heads out of our collective ass.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:49 PM

 

The PK needs to get their sh*t together as well because they are facing the number 26 PP in the league. Right now they are looking like they are in the top five courtesy of the PK.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 8:53 PM

 

Well... I guess we start getting ready for the next game as this is a waste of time and energy.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 9:08 PM

 

Now that is what I am talking about! First Nick and then Eaves! J.M.F almost tied it up at the end on the second. Let's go boys!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/23/2010 at 9:41 PM

 

Wings have absolutely been dominating, but they're almost out of time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/23/2010 at 10:25 PM

 

Babcock's glare for the refs was, "If they can haul Cleary down in the slot could we have kicked Halak in the face?"

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/23/2010 at 10:29 PM

 

All I want to know is why they couldn't play the entire game like they did the last half.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/24/2010 at 4:30 PM

 
Patrick Eaves

Patrick Eaves
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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