Wings-Hawks Game Notes

Having been at the game last night, I didn’t get time to put notes together for a proper game recap until I went back to watch the game this afternoon.

A couple things I thought at the game were confirmed. One is that the Red Wings’ goals both came on lucky bounces. Detroit was completely unable to score without the puck going in off of a Chicago player.

Another is that the Blackhawks were able to get to the Detroit net without punishment, either from the Red Wings’ defenders or the officials.

At one point shortly after Tomas Holmstrom was called for goaltender interference, Patrick Kane cut through Dominik Hasek‘s crease, bumping the Detroit goalie, with no call from the refs.

Later, the ‘Hawks would get on the board when several players were allowed to remain at the side of the crease as Hasek sprawled out, with Patrick Sharp eventually lifting the puck over him.

One thing I hadn’t realized was how awful the third-period slashing call on Andreas Lilja was. That was the call that gave the Blackhawks the power play on which they scored the game-winning goal. That’s a lot riding on a broken stick.

It’s early in the season, right now it’s important to think that it doesn’t matter. In April we might be able to look back at things like that (as well as the quick whistle in Chicago last week that cost Detroit a goal) and still say it doesn’t matter. If they do matter by then, I imagine a lot more games like this will have happened.

Franzen Out 3-4 Weeks

Turns out that Johan Franzen‘s injury is more serious than he thought. Bruce MacLeod blogged today that Franzen will be out 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Aaron Downey or Matt Ellis will fill Franzen’s spot in the lineup but will likely join the third or fourth line. Kris Draper, Dan Cleary or Valtteri Filppula will be bumped up to Franzen’s spot.

My guess is that Babcock will want to give Filppula the ice time but since he’s not quite as gritty as Franzen, Cleary might fit the role better.

Red Wings Fall to Blackhawks in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-1 lead Saturday night, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in the team’s second shootout in as many games.

Rookie Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, beating Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek on Chicago’s first shot. Hasek stopped Yanic Perrault while Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Jiri Hudler.

The Red Wings took an early lead just seconds after Dallas Drake and James Wisniewski squared off in Drake’s second fight of the season at 5:10 of the first period.

Brian Rafalski blasted a power play goal past Khabibulin 17 seconds later, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit their first two-goal lead of the season just 1:39 into the second period. With the teams skating four-on-four, Henrik Zetterberg beat former Red Wing Robert Lang on a faceoff in the left circle of the Chicago zone. The puck went back to Lidstrom and he put a blast from the blue line past Khabibulin.

Tuomo Ruutu pulled Chicago back to within one at 9:43 of the second, scoring on an odd-man rush.

Tomas Holmstrom made the score 3-1 just five seconds into a Detroit power play at 10:55 of the middle frame, tipping a Rafalski shot into the Chicago net.

The Red Wings thought they had taken a 4-1 lead on a power play early in the third period. The apparent rebound goal was called back when referee Chris Rooney quickly lost sight of the puck.

On the same power play, Wisniewski would notch a shorthanded goal for the Blackhawks to make it 3-2.

With just 3:40 remaining in regulation, Lang tied things up with a quick wrister over Hasek’s left shoulder.

The Blackhawks finished the game with 27 shots to Detroit’s 26.

Johan Franzen left the game early in the second period with an apparent knee injury. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.