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Red Wings Game recap...12/17

By: Channing Cummins

Sunday afternoon's game brought a sense of Deja Vu to Detroit. Although this game wasn't as controversial the result of the game was similar to the game before.

The shootout alone provided enough entertainment for any hockey fan. Datsyuk's first round goal was a sight to see, after his change up made Niemi look foolish. His goal would be matched by Jonathan Toews' five hole put away in the first round as well. Bertuzzi provided a 360 degree backhander in the third round to give the Wings a 2-1 lead with one shooter to go. It was the "fan favorite" Marian Hossa that took center stage and didn't disappoint the Chicago faithfuls after beating Howard stick side. After a failed attempt by Cleary it was Patrick Sharp that put things to an end in the fourth round.

With their shootout loss the Wings remain in 9th place in the Western Conference, only one point behind the L.A. Kings and one spot out of the playoff bracket. The Blackhawks' 72 points leads all teams in the NHL and 16 points ahead of the Red Wings.

The first period was a bit frustrating for any Wings fan as the team appeared to be somewhat sloppy. The Wings managed to pick up four minor penalties in the period, which allowed the Hawks to gain early momentum. Patrick Kane took advantge of this with a power play goal with nearly five minutes remaining, which gave his team a 2-0 lead.

Lidstrom provided a goal of his own with less than a minute left that provided a lift for his team heading into the locker room. Seconds after Detroit's goal, Patrick Eaves took on Kris Versteeg in a fight at center ice. After the two dismissed their gloves and buckets they duked it out and gave their teams a little more momentum at the period's end.

As the two teams switched sides for the second period, it also seemed a reversal from the first period. This time the Hawks picked up three minor penalties of their own, while the Wings outshot the Hawks 12-5 and took no penalties. Henrik Zetterberg's power play goal took advantage of the Hawks' errors and tied the game at two. Datsyuk's passing ability along with Z's footwork helped the Wings knot it up. Sharp gave the Blackhawks the advantage as he tipped in a shot, that Howard nearly gloved, about two minutes after the Wings tied it up.

The third period brought the expected. For this period no penalties were called on either team and both teams held momentum. Eaves gave us a prime example of why the puck should be put on net with his game tying goal. After taking a pass near the side boards, Eaves took an immediate shot which found the top corner and gave the Joe some life. However, it is history from there as the two teams remained in a tie until the shootout heroics from the Blackhawks.

A couple positives definitely came out of Sunday's loss. First, the team was able to pick up a point, which is more than needed right now. Second, the Red Wings were able to keep up with the best team in hockey. This has to provide some sense of relief as the Red Wings have been questionable with their ability to win recently. Third, although he provided a shoot out goal, Marian Hossa was help pointless throughout the game. He did manage to put seven shots on goal but none of which were key. This should just provide a brief smile after what he has done in Detroit...or lack there of.

Tuesday the Red Wings will play the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference along with possibly the No. 1 player. The Wings will take on Ovechkin's Capitals at 7:00 p.m. and should provide us with an entertaining game.


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