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Shortly before the game the Red Wings announced that Pavel Datsyuk would miss the game in Dallas with a lower body injury.

It wouldn’t take long for Henrik Zetterberg to score the opening goal of the game to give the visitors the early lead.

A penalty to Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel would get called for goaltender interference would lead to a short-handed goal for the Stars as Rich Peverly would put it past Jimmy Howard.

Wings would be outshot 20-13 in the first.

Even with the vast outshooting it would be Detroit that would go to intermission with a two goal lead as Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller would score 14 seconds apart late in the period.

Second period would see Dan Ellis on the bench as Kari Lethonen would take over in net for the Stars.

Intent to blow would show up midway through the second and see a possible goal to the Stars go for naught.

Detroit’s Tomas Tatar would make the highlight of the game during the second as he would put the puck past Lethonen for a 4-1 lead over Dallas.

Tatar’s play would see two Stars collide and take one another out. This would not be the only time this would happen this period at late in the period a similar collision would happen between two of Dallas’ players – only no goal to either team would coincide.

Both teams would be assessed penalties and kill off their time until late in the period it would be Zetterberg with his second of the game to give Detroit the 5-1 lead.

With the captain scoring the two bookend goals in the game it would be two points for the Red Wings to kick off their road trip post Winter Classic.

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alwaysaurie's avatar

Folks who say, “Howard should be able to steal a win once in a while,” will now have to say, “Howard needs to steal more than one game for us.”

Pretty horrible possession game for the Wings from top to bottom, Nichuskin was a monster on the puck.

But Howard was a rock and we get a W.

I did like the effort I saw from some of our bottom-6.

Miller was great, maybe his best game of the season.

Andersson was busy and working hard every shift.

Cleary had his 2nd solid game in a row.

Glendening is not giving up on any of his battles and back-checked very well.

And on defense Kronwall, Smith, and Quincey all had solid games while having to play huge minutes.

And tonight the bounces went our way; nice bounce to Z for our 1st goal, nice bounce to Miller on our 3rd, and 5 or 6 nice bounces in Dallas’ zone onto Zetterberg’s stick on our last goal.

We needed an ugly win and I’m glad we got it now, here’s hoping we have a productive road trip.


Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/05/14 at 12:07 AM ET

Alan's avatar

A win, two points in the bank, and Toronto lost. Tonight was a good night.

That Tatar goal was the icing on the cake.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/05/14 at 12:26 AM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Big nit on the whole post.

Pavel Datsyuk would miss the game…

It wouldn’t take long for Henrik Zetterberg to score…

A penalty to Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel would get called…

Wings would be outshot…

The first couple times it was ok, but every single statement? Datsyuk did miss the game and Antoine Roussel did get called for a (pretty blatant, so why argue it?) penalty, the Wings did get outshot, et al.

Even with the vast outshooting…

English fail

a possible goal to the Stars go for naught.

Terrible terrible goal. Fortunately it didn’t count. Huzzah!

late in the period a similar collision would happen between two of Dallas’ players

The stick Fiddler(?) took to the back of his head must’ve hurt. Looked like it was swung pretty hard.

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/05/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/05/14 at 01:03 AM ET

Don’t knock the post too bad. It was probably a very quick write-up and posted immediately after the clock hit zero.

What matters most isn’t grammatical, it’s that the team had a solid outing that didn’t involve us blowing the lead. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one holding their breath, just waiting for the Stars to put a few past Howard in the third period.

Because that’s how we’ve rolled this season: Like a wheel that just popped off someone’s rear axle.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/05/14 at 04:45 AM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Future in the past is awkward and close to conditional unreal which is clearly not intended. Using simpler grammar helps people who are tired, nit-picky (that’s me!), or ESL/people who didn’t ace 10th grade english.

I have no other comments about the game. I think a lot of people were expecting a collapse at some point and were pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure whether it was a deserved win or not.

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/05/14 at 05:39 AM ET

Chet's avatar

agree. don’t try to be fancy: tell us what happened and btw any analysis of your own?

here’s something: tatar’s goal will light a fire under this team. how *#$%@& bad did that kid want it? how *#$%@& bad did he make dallas’ D LOOK?

from Z to cleary to sammy to holland to babs to Q to sobotka to pav, it’s good for everyone. smile

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/05/14 at 07:42 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

How about just being grateful that Monica, who doesn’t blog Red Wings, was available to give Paul a hand?...

Thanks, MM!

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 01/05/14 at 10:46 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

How about just being grateful that Monica, who doesn’t blog Red Wings, was available to give Paul a hand?...

Thanks, MM!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/05/14 at 09:46 AM ET

Thanks Monica, for coming through with a recap.

Next. This is not how you thank someone for helping out. How about a big cup of STFU for anyone that hasn’t lifted a finger to help.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!(that’s right, no apostrophe)

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/05/14 at 11:08 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Agreed msredwinger and kate.  Thanks for the info Monica.  I was unable to watch the game so this was helpful.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/05/14 at 11:12 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

If people aren’t nice to Monica I will bop them on the head! You’re supposed to be mean to me!

I am dealing with some post-concussive symptoms—I had a severe concussion in 2006 and it is very evident to me that getting spun around like a human in a, “Will It Blend?” video aggravated my “old injury.” All I can do is try to “rest” it off until I can concentrate again, and in the interim, many thanks to Monica and Paul for the assists.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience, folks, but the brain makes the rules, and right now it’s yelling at me.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/05/14 at 11:17 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Thanks for the update George.  Take the time to get healthy - I guess we shouldn’t expect you back until you can ride the bike for30 minutes anyways wink

Posted by TreKronor on 01/05/14 at 11:40 AM ET


That’s the sort of goaltending the Wings thought they would get more often when they gave Howard a 5.3 million dollar deal.  When they get it, the roster looks a lot different and the outcomes are a lot different.  When they don’t get it, the team looks like a mess.

The injuries are still a killer, and especially noticeable on defense both in actual defensemen and in how inferior defensive forwards are getting a lot of time,  bit that’s when stout goaltending is really needed.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/05/14 at 01:53 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Holy crap some people need some week long trips to the cooler in this place.

Thanks Monica for posting the recap. It is appreciated by some of us.

GM- Take it easy man. I had two concussions growing up…ironically none while I played hockey…and each one was different…the second seemed like it went away then three days later it hit like a hammer.

Howard played a great game last night for sure ( smile )...games no goalie should have to put up every night but seeing a few more of them would be nice.

Glendening- I like this kid. Has some snarl…showed some skill on the PK last night…had Lehtonen beat but didn’t have much puck luck as it stayed out…but given how much luck the Wings had last night I can’t complain.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/05/14 at 02:38 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

FTR, I wasn’t trying to be mean. I did call it a nit, highlighting its unimportance. (Though I actually can’t figure out “the vast outshooting” which is why I pointed that out (somewhat snarkily).)

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/05/14 at 05:28 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I’m sorry for the inconvenience, folks, but the brain makes the rules, and right now it’s yelling at me.

Don’t be sorry, George. Just get to feeling better. You do so much for us here, so take all the R&R that you need.

And I, for one, appreciate Monica’s post-game thread here. I’m sure everyone does.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/05/14 at 06:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Excellent pinch-hit, Monica…esp. the Tatar tweet.  That guy, man..


Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/05/14 at 06:48 PM ET

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