The Wings are off to a good start following the break. A 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night, it was a good way to start, since the 7-2 thumping by the Canadians.

    "It's a good road win," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Any time after the All-Star break when you have to travel like we did and with the altitude, you know it's going to be a grind. I thought we stuck with it."

     With goals from Cory Emmerton, Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller, the 3rd and 4th line stepped in for the win. Although being out shot 29-25, Jimmy Howard had another solid game."You saw him, just calm and strong in there," Hudler said. "He was unbelievable. Good for him. He deserves all the respect he's getting." The lone marker for the Flames came early in the 2nd period with Todd Bertuzzi in the "sin bin" for interference, Mike Cammalleri pounced on his own rebound and put a backhand shot past Howard."We had some darn good opportunities and we didn't capitalize," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "It's not like we're not getting opportunities. We had three or four quality scoring chances where we missed the net and didn't even get a rebound out of it."


    Thursday night brought the toughest test of this road trip, when the Wings squared off against the Stanley Cup Final runner up Vancouver Canucks. With the Canucks beating the Hawks in OT on Tuesday night. Vancouver (66) sitting 3 points back of the West leading Wings (69), were looking to grab the 2 points away from the visiting Red Wings. They got one, losing 4-3 in a SO.

    Both teams exchanged goals all night, but it was the Canucks who had to play catch-up in their own barn. I have to give credit to net-minder Roberto Luongo who stopped 40-43 shots. The Wings took the play to the Canucks out shooting them in the first 2 periods 30-11. The score was 2-1 after the 2nd, but the 3rd brought a relentless fore-check from the Canucks, and it paid-off when Drew Miller made a mistake that most young players do, instead of chipping it up the boards, he tried to skate up the middle with it, (Not in the NHL kid) the puck was poked off his stick, and Burrows unleashed a clapper over the shoulder of Howard. That knotted it up at 2's half way through the 3rd. Drew Miller redeemed himself 2 minutes later to retake the lead 3-2. "I guess scoring a goal is the best way to do that. You want to get that goal back for your team." Miller said. Not giving up, Mason Raymond tied it with 4:24 left in the 3rd. OT solved nothing even though the Canucks seemed to be non-existent. The Wings have been lights-out in shootouts as of late, 6-0 including last night. I must admit, I was surprised with the fire power the Canucks have, that Alex Edler would be the 1st shooter. He looked shaky with his move and it was an easy save for Howard. Pavel Datsyuk made quick work and put it past Luongo. Mason Raymond then fumbled his opportunity on the doorstep. Jiri Hudler made no mistake, whistled one low blocker, goal! Game Over.


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