Howard Blanks Blues, Red Wings Wrap 2011 with 3-0 Win

Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings closed out the 2011 calendar year with a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues Saturday night, the team's eighth win in the last ten editions of their annual New Year's Eve game.

Howard stopped all 31 shots he faced in shutting out the Blues. It was his third shutout of the Red Wings' twelve-game home winning streak.

All of the game's scoring came in the second period.

At 7:28 of the middle frame, Johan Franzen opened the game's scoring. Franzen darted around Barret Jackman to cut through the right faceoff circle, then skated past Roman Polak at the top of the crease and wristed a shot past St. Louis netminder Brian Elliot.

Just 1:17 later, Justin Abdelkader made it 2-0. Drew Miller deflected an attempted pass by the Blues to Abdelkader at the left side of the slot for a snap shot past Elliot.

Earlier in the game, Abdelkader had taken a hit to the head from Ian Cole and missed time in the "quiet room," where he was observed for concussion-like symptoms.

Jiri Hudler wrapped up the game's scoring with 53 seconds left in the second. With two St. Louis defenders covering him, Hudler took a pass at the inside edge of the left circle and put a shot on Elliot, then followed up his own rebound to knock it into the goal.

Elliot finished the night with 28 saves on 31 Detroit shots.

The Wings were held scoreless on four power play chances. The Blues did not score on their three tries with the extra attacker.

Detroit is next in action on Tuesday when they begin a four game road trip in Dallas.

Notes: The Red Wings played without forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Darren Helm, both out with groin injuries and aiming for a return against Dallas... Defenseman Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch.

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Still reeling from a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last night, the Red Wings return home to host the St. Louis Blues in Detroit's annual New Year's Eve game.

If that setup sounds familiar, it should. The Wings and Blues met in Detroit on Tuesday. Additionally, this will be the fourth New Year's Eve meeting between the two teams since 1997.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock has said there will be no lineup changes for the Wings, meaning Jimmy Howard starts in goal again and the kid line of Cory Emmerton, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist will stay together.

Game time is 7:00 on FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 5:43 PM


Damn! Another post!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/31/2011 at 7:21 PM


Recap thus far: Awful PP, ugly hit on Abs, Jimmy Howard is a goddammed beast.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 7:28 PM


Franzen woke up. Damn, that's a nice goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 8:11 PM


Abdelkader with a hell of a shot after a steal by Miller, then a horrible fight by Commodore. Didn't need to indulge Crombeen there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 8:14 PM


Hudler worked his ass off for that one. Great second effort.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 8:35 PM


Woo Hoo Hudsy!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/31/2011 at 8:35 PM


Anyone else feel like this game is just dragging on?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/31/2011 at 9:09 PM


Yeah... Just want it to end before something bad happens (injury...).

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/31/2011 at 9:21 PM


Goose egg for Jimmy!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/31/2011 at 9:29 PM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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