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Detroit Red Wings 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3 (OT)
The Red Wings threw the puck at Corey Crawford 35 times but it would not be enough for the division leaders to top the current Stanley Cup champs.
Facing 41 shots from the Blackhawks Joey MacDonald (the current Red Wings number one back up as both Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard are out with injuries) took second star of the game honors with his 0.927 save percentage.
It was an early goal from Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to give the Blackhawks the early advantage in Hockeytown. Only minutes later Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom did him one better with a slap shot from Valtteri Filppula and Brian Rafalski for the game equalizer.
Todd Bertuzzi was given an elbowing major and a game misconduct after this hit just over five minutes into the game:
Chicago would not settle for going into the first intermission tied with Detroit as Brent Seabrook riffled one past MacDonald on the power play after Darren Helm was called for tripping.
There would be no more scoring or penalties in the second but the third saw five penalties called one of which; a hi-sticking call on Blackhawks Niklas Hjalmarsson would lead to a power play goal by Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg to tie the game.
It would be Zetterberg who took a hooking call in the final three seconds of regulation whose penalty carried over to overtime and saw former Red Wing Marian Hossa score with a slap shot to settle the score between his former team:
And incase you missed it – Hossa blast Patrick Eaves in the face.
The Red Wings and Blackhawks will play each other twice more before the regular season ends it is sure to get heated – stay tuned.
Colorado Avalanche 4 Anaheim Ducks 5
To those that doubt age is just a number take a look at Anahiem’s Teemu Selanne; and even above at Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, as the two show being 40 does not mean your career is over.
A five point night for Selanne lead the Ducks over the Avalanche after being down 2-0 after the first period.
Colorado came out the gate looking for the win and took the lead with the power play goal from Ryan O’Reilly and then less than two minutes later a goal from Matt Duchene. Four roughing calls were called at the sixteen minute mark in the period to Colorado’s David Koci and Cody McLeod along with Anaheim’s Jarkko Ruutu and George Parros.
It was the second period when the Ducks finally decided to come out and play. 47 seconds into the second Selanne was awarded a penalty shot after Colorado’s John-Michael Liles covered the puck in the crease.
Minutes later Jason Blake would score off of a feed from Selanne and Saku Koivu to make it a tie game. The go ahead goal would come from Selanne from rookie defenseman Cam Fowler and long time friend and country man Koivu again.
Not wanting to head into the second intermission trailing the Ducks David Jones scored another game equalizer.
The third period started with a tripping call on Colorado’s Cameron Gaunce which lead to a power play goal from Fowler – the assist going to none other than Selanne.
It would be another penalty to the Avalanche that lead to Teemu Selanne scoring his third goal and fifth point of the game:
Selanne speaks about hat trick in the post game. Countryman and long time national team teammate and now Ducks teammate Saku Koivu discusses playing with Selanne:
Up into the Netting
Good news for the Red Wings as Jimmy Howard could be back as soon as Wednesday after taking odd hit from Joffrey Lupul.
Sticking with the Central Division the Blue Jackets have officially signed Boston College’s Cam Atkinson to a three-year enter level contract.