The Flames may have scored the game’s first goal tonight, but that was all they could do as they lost 4-1 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. The NHL’s leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg netted 2 goals to lead the Wings to their 11th win of the season.
Tonight’s game, televised on Pay-Per-View, was a disappointing 3 hrs for Flames fans. The Flames were 0-for-7 on the powerplay, and allowed 2 easy goals while down a man. During the 3 powerplays the Flames had in the 2nd period, they played in Detroit’s end for about 2 minutes. They were constantly giving the puck away and couldn’t mount any sort of attack even though they had one extra player on the ice. Overall the 2nd period was a write-off for the Flames.
The 3rd period was mostly dominated by the Flames, even though they couldn’t put the puck in Detroit’s net. They outshot the Wings 12-7, but could not put the puck past Wings goalie Chris Osgood. The Flames had several great chances, but Osgood was solid in net and managed to keep the Flames off the scoreboard for the 2nd and 3rd periods.
It was a disappointing loss for the Flames, who have now completed their season-high, 8-game homestand with a record of 4-2-2. They trail Minnesota by 1 point for the lead in the Northwest division, and will play the Wild on Saturday.
CGY: Tanguay A: Iginla
DET: Hudler A: Lebda, Samuelsson
DET: Zetterberg A: Datsyuk, Lidstrom
DET: Cleary A: Draper, Lidstrom
DET: Zetterberg A: Datsyuk, Rafalski