By Christy Hammond
The Detroit Red Wings (20-6-4) suffered a 3-2 loss loss Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche (15-14-1). Including Monday’s game, 20 of Detroit’s 30 games this season have been decided by one just one goal.
Despite outshooting the Avs 36-27, the Wings’ potent offense was unable to overcome the team errors made throughout the game to avoid the loss. Once again, goaltender Chris Osgood allowed a goal on the first shot he faced, which was definitely not the ideal way to start the game. In fact, the first two Colorado goals came on their first four shots courtesy of Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny less than five minutes into the first period.
A big difference in the game was how the Avs made a concerted effort to get in the Detroit shooting lanes and try to stop shots before they reached goaltender Andrew Raycroft. In fact, Colorado blocked 16 shots while the Wings only blocked two in the contest.
Tomas Holmstrom finally got the Wings on the scoreboard 9:10 into the second period when he did what he does best – creating havoc in front of the opponent’s goalie and pouncing on a loose puck in the mad scramble in front of the net.
The deciding goal was a penalty shot by Jordan Leopold 1:51 into the final frame of action. The penalty shot came about when the puck was about to go over the Detroit goal line and defenseman Brett Lebda basically covered the puck with his hands in the crease to prevent it from crossing the goal line. That’s not allowed so a penalty shot was awarded, but I really can’t blame Lebs because the puck was for sure going in and a penalty shot goal is not guaranteed.
Detroit certainly poured it on offensively in the second and third periods with 29 of their 36 shots, but it was too late as the damage had already been done in the first period. Head coach Mike Babcock put Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, and Pavel Datsyuk all on one line and it was definitely the best offensive line for Detroit of the night. They were flying around the ice and even scored a goal in the third period to bring the Wings within a goal. 7:07 into the third, Zetterberg won a face-off against Stastny and Hossa quickly scooped up the puck and fired a shot before most fans could even register what had just happened.
The Wings’ next game is this Thursday against the top-ranked San Jose Sharks and should be a very competitive game to watch!
But you don’t have to wait until Thursday to see your favorite Red Wings as numerous players, GM Ken Holland, and head coach Mike Babcock will be around the area at different grocery stores ringing bells for the Salvation Army this Tuesday. You can stop by any of the locations listed below:
- Ken Holland and Mike Babcock: Hiller’s Market, 425 N. Center St., Northville, 3-5 p.m.T
- Kirk Maltby: Kroger, 20903 Harper Ave., Harper Woods, 5-7 p.m.
- Jiri Hudler and Brett Lebda: Kroger, 685 East Maple, Birmingham, 5-7 p.m.
- Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall: Kroger, 17447 Haggerty, Northville, 5-7 p.m.