Chicago Blackhawks 4 Minnesota Wild 2
Can I have your attention please?
After making just minor league changes at the trade deadline the Wild looked as though they needed to have done more. Chicago was up 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring with a goal from Patrick Sharp (from Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith) only to see the lead doubled by Tomas Kopecky within five minutes. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored at the 14:02 mark then saw a fight break out seconds later between Blackhawks’ John Scott and Wilds’ Brad Staubitz.
After the second intermission Martin Havlat came out and took control of the game and within a minute finally put the Wild on the scoreboard. Wild defenseman Brent Burns followed suit making it 3-2; only to see Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa score a short handed goal in the final minutes of the game while fellow Slovakian Tomas Kopecky was in the box for delay of game.
The Red Wings may have been without Johan Franzen last night as they dropped him back off in Detroit after the game in Buffalo (he and his wife welcomed the birth of their son Sunday) and Kings went up early with a power play goal by Michal Handzus; but that did not stop the Red Wings.
Drew Miller was a healthy scratch for the game in Buffalo against his brother Ryan; and he was out to prove himself in LA. Miller scored the first goal to tie the game at 1 only to have Jiri Hudler score 30 seconds later to give Detroit the lead. The Red Wings were not done with the first period as Mike Modano (in his second game back after having his wrist lacerated with a skate blade in November) set up a beauty for captain Nicklas Lidstrom.
It was a hard fought battle in the second but the Red Wings kept the Kings from closing the gap, in fact Pavel Datsyuk pulled out another Datsyukian deke to increase the lead 4-1.
The third period turned into a schooling on dominate play. Detroit took charge and ran the score up 7-1. Saw Darren Helm with a short handed game winning goal; then the Kings took advantage of the Red Wings sitting back on their heels and ran the score back up to 7-4 (almost 7-5).
Maybe the acquisition of Dustin Penner will lead shake the Kings to start games the way they ended this one.
Up into the Netting
Upshall and Lepisto wont be howling any time soon as they will now be dressing in union blue.
Taking a look at the newest Devil – David Steckel.
Trade Grade: Washington Capitals