Alright, I'll be honest. I didn't exactly watch all of tonight's game, but I did catch a good portion of it.
John Michael Liles got the scoring going in the 1st period as he put the Avs on the board for an early 1 goal lead. Filppula scored his 2nd goal in as many games to tie the game up. Johan Franzen scored his 26th goal of the year in the 2nd period to put the Wings up. Draper beat Raycroft for his 7th goal of the year, giving the Wings a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd.
The Avs would come back and play better hockey in the 3rd and had 2 consecutive almost goals. One came on a puck that beat Conklin but Franzen prevented from crossing the goalline. The second chance came soon after that on a shot off the post. The Avs put a goal on the board late in the 3rd as Milan Hejduk beat Conklin with Raycroft pulled for the extra man. Fortunately the Avs were unable to put another one in and the Wings earned their first, and only, win of the regular season against Colorado.
Once again, the Detroit puck control limited the chances that the Avalanche got. Both teams played well disciplined hockey (only 6 total penalty minutes) but still had physical play. The Wings outshot the Avalanche 30-27 and put the pressure on the Leopold-less Avalanche defense. Game MVP: Filppula for getting his 2nd goal in 2 games, getting him going could mean trouble for the opposition.
The next game for Detroit is a home game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The win also put the Wings in first place in the league (for now).
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