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Red Wings Game recap...12/16

By: Channing Cummins


On Saturday, the Red Wings were in Dallas as they took on the Stars. It was the controversial shootout goal from Steve Ott that proved to be the story of the night, as the Wings were defeated 3-2.

Early on the Red Wings seemed to be on pace for a good night, trying to rebound from their poor performance in New York. Although being out shot 11-7, the Wings entered the locker room with a 2-0 lead after the first period. Todd Bertuzzi provided the first goal after receiving a feed pass from Zetterberg and getting in behind the defense, which lead to his backhand goal. Brian Rafalski's power play goal gave the Wings their second notch as he cleaned up a loose puck just outside the crease. Bertuzzi's failed tip in allowed Rafalski to creep in and put in an empty netter. Steve Ott also made himself known after a couple failed fight attempts with a few Wing's players.

Nearly two and a half minutes into the second period, Brad Richards' power play goal got the Stars into the game. Richards got Jimmy Howard to bite a fake shot, which allowed him to net an easy goal. The rest of the second period seemed to go the Red Wings way as they carried most of the momentum, even after the Stars goal. The Wings, however, failed to score a goal in the second and brought a 2-1 lead into the locker room.

Loui Eriksson got it going for the Stars early in third period with his team leading 19th goal of the season. The two teams, locked in a 2-2 tie, continued to strive for a late game winning goal, but were denied as the game went into O.T.

The overtime period failed to provide a goal, which brought the game into a shootout. It was the sixth round of the shoot out that proved to be the game. The teams failed to score a goal until Steve Ott took center stage and scored the game winning goal. Initially, a referee waived the goal off as it was unclear whether the puck crossed the line. The play was sent to replay and the refs were forced to call into the "war room" in Toronto to solve the questionable goal. It was determined that the head ref ruled it a goal, which allowed them to allow the goal even though there was no conclusive video evidence. Eaves was next to shoot, trying to keep his team in the game but failed to put his shot on goal.

The Red Wings will take on the Blackhawks Sunday afternoon as they look to further their rivalry and earn a much needed two points.

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