Game recap: Red Wings 4, Flames 3 and NHL video highlights

Detroit's Valtteri Filppula gets the puck past Calgary goalie Curtis McElhinney for a second-period goal. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Detroit's Valtteri Filppula gets the puck past Calgary goalie Curtis McElhinney for a second-period goal. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

By Christy Hammond

The Detroit Red Wings (19-4-4) swept their four-game stretch at home concluding with a 4-3 overtime win against the Calgary Flames (16-11-1).

For a second straight game, the Wings started off a bit slow and needed extra time to get the “W,” but the important thing is that they earned those two points in the standings.

During the first period, the Flames outshot Detroit, 14-10, and grabbed a two-goal lead courtesy of Craig Conroy and Daymond Langkow, who each scored with less than five minutes remaining in the period. Former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi actually did most of the work on the second goal, but Langkow pounced on the rebound.

After a slow start by Detroit, head coach Mike Babcock shuffled both the defensive and offensive lines up to energize his team. It appeared to help as Red Wing forward Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal of the second period when he redirected a Kris Draper shot 6:59 into the frame.

Plenty of action came in the third period starting off with a power-play backhander by University of Michigan alum David Moss. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf earned his 20th assist of the season when he took a slapshot from the point, which led to Moss’ goal. Exactly a minute later, Henrik Zetterberg made a backhanded play of his own to bring Detroit within one.

With 7:13 remaining in the game, Brian Rafalski took a slapshot from just above the right face-off circle to even the game up at three goals apiece and eventually send the game into overtime. Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who was in just his third NHL game of the season, played strong with 35 saves. Forward Johan Franzen screened him on Rafalski’s shot.

As Babcock told Ansar Khan for, the Wings need to ensure that they have players in front of the net screening the goaltenders. Detroit’s final two goals came on slapshots with a screen down low.

“They (goalies) are all too good, they stop the puck if they can see it,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Sometimes when you’re trying to skill yourself around the rink you don’t have that. If you’re going to win in today’s NHL you got to have people at the net and you got to get the puck there on a continual basis.”

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom took a slapshot from nearly the same location as Rafalski’s to score the game-winning goal 3:50 into overtime. For his strong play with over 25 minutes of ice time and a plus-two to finish the game, Lidstrom was named the game’s first star.

The Wings will go on the road for back-to-back games against Dallas and Phoenix (Fri/Sat) before returning home for a game against the Avs on Monday.

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6 Responses to Game recap: Red Wings 4, Flames 3 and NHL video highlights

  1. Marty says:

    You do realize I can read a re-cap of the game just about anywhere on the web.

    Instead, why not do something different, point to blogs that had reactions on the game, etc.

    This story is like watching paint dry, painful. Come on folks, this is 2008, not 1998.

  2. Dennis DuBay says:

    I think re-caps should be here. This blog will obviously have a better chance of staying on the net, then someone who does their blog for the sheer fun of it.

    Just my .2.

  3. Dennis DuBay says:

    Also @Marty:

    Christy does a terrific job of blogging these recaps. I believe she has the ability to see things we don’t neccesarily have an opportunity to, as she is actually in the arena … some of the story is lost on TV or Radio, from which us bloggers usually write from. So, having someone actually w/the club, blogging is a real assett. To compare it to “paint drying” is just rude, and pretty much off base.

  4. @Marty @Shannon Link journalism — essentially, serving as a clearinghouse to track what others are saying — is one good way the Red Wings can add value with their blog. For a few good examples, check out the post on Scott Karp’s Publishing 2.0 blog about the Chicago Tribune coverage of Blagojevich ( or Darryl Parker’s aggregation of the Pepsi 25 (

    The other thing that works well in “team owned” blogs is insider access to information not available to or not reported on by the news outlets. Chris Brown, who writes the Buffalo Bills (NFL) team blog, does a nice job. Give me insight: Exclusive player interviews, access to the coach, a peek inside operations/personnel.

    Every fan wants to know what their team is doing to get better. How’s a player’s injury rehab coming along? What positions do the coaches think need an improvement? What’s the off-season draft/free agent game plan? Any changes in practice or game planning to account for our weaknesses?

    I agree with Marty — we need more than recaps, but fans must also understand the limitations. Teams aren’t here just for our amusement — they’re BUSINESSES, too. All communications must be run through the “is this good for business” filter.

  5. @Marty- Thanks for your comment. This blog is a work in progress so we appreciate any constructive comments you or anyone else can offer us.

    I write these recaps as soon as I return home from the game before most of the newspapers’ articles are uploaded to their respective websites and before any other blogs have posted their post-game thoughts. I would love to link to other blogs’ remarks, but have been unable to do so thus far due to time constraints.

    As Shannon mentioned above, I am happy to link to other blog reactions. Do you have any suggestions of Wings blogs that I may be missing (outside of A2Y, Gorilla Crouch, Snapshots, or On the Wings)? Would you like to see reactions from fans on message boards about the games?

    We would love to hear any suggestions you may have and thanks again for letting us know what you think about this blog.

  6. steve says:

    christy hammond…. any relation to Devin Hammond?

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