Sunday, January 22, 2012

GBGA Regular Season Game 47: Shootout in the Wild West

1st Period

Phoenix 1 Detroit 0; 2:23- Torres from Chipchura & Summers
Ericsson and Emmerton are getting manhandled behind the net. They both lose body position and, in Ericsson's case, their man. Torres picks up the loose puck and attempts a wraparound.
Howards is slow to get his blocker down and lets in a soft one. Despite the mistakes made by the defense behind him, Howard really should have hit the ice quicker.

2nd Period

Phoenix 1 Detroit 1; 1:36- White (6) from Franzen (21) & Datsyuk (37)
Lidstrom gets in front of a Phoenix clearing attempt. He gains possession and quickly passes it to Datsyuk. With the entirety of the Phoenix defense in the corner, Datsyuk carries up towards the blue line.
Datsyuk moves the puck to Franzen at the point, and Franzen quickly passes to Ian White at the opposite point. Phoenix is still trying to reestablish their defensive positioning. At this point they're still bunched together on one side of the ice.
White has plenty of time to make a decision. He takes a few steps towards the net before letting a slapshot go. Mike Smith can't track the shot because Bertuzzi is in front screening. Bert does a good job of getting netfront positioning just in time for White's shot to get on net. If he's a half second slower then Smith is likely able to see the shot and stop it.

Phoenix 1 Detroit 2; 11:13-  Bertuzzi (10) from Franzen (22) & Datsyuk (38)
Pavel gets bumped off the puck in the corner. The puck skitters behind the net, where Franzen circles around and picks it up.
The Mule sees Bertuzzi streaking down the wing and hits him with a pass. Bertuzzi shoots it hard from low in the faceoff circle and beats Smith. It looks like Smith is playing far back in his own net; there's no attempt to cut down the angle here.

Phoenix 2 Detroit 2; 14:08- Brule from Chipchura
Lidstrom plays the puck back to center for Holmstrom. Homer gets beat to the puck by Brule, who moves the puck up to Chipchura at the blue line. Chipchura stops the puck and leaves it at the blueline for Brule to carry in.
Brule picks the puck up and has a semi-breakaway opportunity. Lidstrom is behind the play and attempts to catch up but can't. White can't come across to cover because he has to stay with Doan in case Brule passes.
White makes a last second attempt to interrupt the shot with his stick, but it's too little too late. Brule slides the puck under Howard to tie the game.

3rd Period





Shane DoanPHXSave
Pavel DatsyukDETSave
Radim VrbataPHXSave
Jiri HudlerDETSave
Gilbert BrulePHXMiss
Todd BertuzziDETGoal

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