Red Wings March On To 21
Say what you will about the Detroit Red Wings; they play boring hockey, they're to old, tired of seeing them in the playoffs the last 20 years. If I wasn't a Wing fan, I think I would be saying those things as well. But one thing you must respect about this hockey club, they get the job done, anyone from their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins can step in and get the job done. Joey MacDonald has been that Guy of late after the Wings lost Jimmy Howard to injury. The organization is like sharks teeth, when one is lost, there's another ready to move in and take that spot. Although Joey MacDonald has been shaky at times, he's came through huge for the Red Wings. (3-1-1) since being called up.
“He’s been playing really, really well for us,” Wings center Henrik Zetterburg said. “He’s giving us chances to win games. That’s what you need. They’ve been tight games and we’ve been down in many of them. He’s come up big and made some big saves.”
After the Wings gutted out a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim on Friday night, a nail bitter i might add. The Ducks didn't play bad, actually they missed a lot of open net opportunities. Overtime produced nothing even when the Wings had a 5 on 3 advantage. Teemu Selanne scored the lone goal for the Ducks in the shootout, while Pavel Datsyuk scored and Todd Bertuzzi sealed the Wings 19th win in a row at home with a nifty little backhand over Hiller's shoulder.
The Philadelphia Flyers came calling on Sunday night, and tried to close the record book on the Wings 20th straight home win. Being that the Flyers were the last team to reach 20 straight home games in 1976, this was the game I was most concerned with. But the Wings would not be denied their name in the record book. It was no easy task by any means. The Red Wings played catchup most of the game. Johan Franzen locked up the 20th win with a brilliant little tic-tac-toe play from Zetterburg and Lidstrom.
"We definitely wanted to keep them from tying the record," Flyers wing Scott Hartnell said. "We're all disappointed about that."
"There's not much you can do about it when they're zinging it around like that," Hartnell said. "They picked us apart a few times out there and that was the difference."
The 11th place Dallas Stars bring their (13-13-1) road record into Joe Louis Arena. With losses to LA and a shootout loss to Buffalo, the Stars will be looking to get back in the win column. Only 4 points out of a playoff spot, every win is important. The bonus of coarse would be to not let the Red Wings reach the pinnacle of 21 home winning streak. The Wings will go out and play their game, the building will be electric with a playoff type atmosphere. That could pose trouble for the Dallas Stars. GO WINGS GO!!!
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