Wings Edge Blues to Snap 5 Game Slide
Marian Hossa scored two goals and netted the winner in a shootout to earn Detroit two points for the first time since
Detroit was sloppy once again allowing three power play goals to the Blues, who rank last in the western conference with just 45 points, but managed to come away with a much needed win.
After a stagnant first period that had only five shots on goal total, the second period exploded with five goals as Kirk Maltby got things going a little over two minutes in.
T.J. Oshie responded for the Blues on the power play but Marian Hossa gave the Wings the lead back less than a minute later with a wrister from just inside the blue line that hit goaltender Manny Legace and deflected awkwardly into the net.
Patrik Berglund scored the second power play goal for the Blues to tie it but Hossa came back less than a minute later once again to make it 3-2. Manny Legace was pulled for back up Chris Mason after surrendering 3 goals on just 8 shots.
The third period was relegated back to the tempo of the first with Detroit playing defensively, on the power play kill and trying to protect the lead.
St. Louis had seven power play opportunities including a 5 minute major for boarding by Andreas Lilja who struck David Backes in the back of the head along the boards, slamming his face into the glass. Lilja was given a 10 minute game misconduct.
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The Wings did a pretty good job defensively and nearly killed off the penalty but Barret Jackman was able to rip a one timer past a screened Chris Osgood to tie the game at 3 with just 22 seconds left in the penalty.
The overtime was mostly controlled by St. Louis who had only five shots on goal but managed to get some good scoring chances that were thwarted by Osgood.
Jiri Hudler and Marian Hossa both scored with wrist shots in the shootout and David Perron took the puck in too far and fanned wide on the final shot to secure 4-3 Red Wings victory.
Mason finished out well for the Blues stopping all 13 shots he faced in a period and a half of work. Osgood made 30 saves for the Wings who managed to halt the losing streak despite another lackluster performance against an inferior opponent.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent