ST. LOUIS MO - JANUARY 20: T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues shoots the puck against Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center on January 20 2011 in St. Louis Missouri. The Red Wings beat the Blues 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Red Wings At Blues: Final Regular Season Meeting Between Division Rivals Ends With 3-2 Detroit Shootout Win

The Wings're fighting for home ice advantage in the playoffs, while the Blues would like to turn around their recent sloppy play to regain the lead in the Western Conference. Unfamiliar territory for both teams could be traversed in the postseason.

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Red Wings At Blues Final Score: Third Period Goal Scoring Leads To 3-2 Wings Win

No one would have expected the third period to wind up being how it was based on the first two, but that’s why hockey has three periods, not two. All it took was some frustration by each team to bring out the scoring touch, though the Blues’ luck in the shootout remained as it always has been – terrible.

The period began inauspiciously enough, but six minutes in Ryan Reaves hit Brad Stuart on the blindside, causing him to get whistled for a five minute boarding major and a game misconduct. It didn’t look like Reaves got the legs pumping enough for a charging call, though the angle of the hit was appropriate for the boarding. The Blues’ forward also had a game misconduct tacked onto it, which did seem excessive, though it’s next to impossible to have a boarding major and not have the ten minute game misconduct as well, regardless of the circumstances. As a major and a misconduct, expect the NHL to take a look at the hit, though who knows if supplemental discipline will come down.

On the ensuing five minute power play, a solid chance was converted on, but it wasn’t by Detroit. David Perron managed to fly in and backhand the puck high over Howard for an unexpected 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Andy McDonald got the puck past Howard to give the Blues a 2-0 lead, but they couldn’t hold onto it.

Memo to the Blues: don’t make Johan Franzen mad. You don’t like the Mule when he’s angry, because the Mule does things like score two goals in 50 seconds to tie the game. The second goal came thanks to the fact that he was left undefended, and Pavel Datsyuk beelined a pass right to him that, of course, wound up in the back of the net.

The Blues managed to get through overtime, and through the first two and a half rounds of the shootout, but inexplicable shootout specialist Todd Bertuzzi did what he seems to do so often. The Blues’ pick up a point, but are now on a three game losing streak with just two to go. This isn’t the best way to pick up momentum heading into the playoffs.

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Red Wings At Blues: Chippinness Gets Ratcheted Up, But Score Stays 0-0 In Second Period

It’s still a tight one in Scottrade. No score through two periods, and Brian Elliott just wants to see how long he can stretch his shutout streak — it’s cracked 200 minutes and doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon. Jimmy Howard looks like he’s back into form as well. There were concerns about his groin holding up for this game, but he seems to be doing ok so far, robbing the Blues with several outstanding glove saves.

The score is tied 0-0, and the Blues lead in shots 20-19. Unfortunately, they are also leading in penalties, with an ill-advised late hit on Todd Bertuzzi by Alex Steen starting the penalties for the period and a hook by Patrik Berglund concluding it. Oddly enough, a high cross check by Johan Franzen to David Backes after the whistle which left the captain bloodied was not a penalty.

Things like that don’t matter. If the Blues continue playing like they’ve been playing for 40 minutes, they can leave this game with a needed two points.

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Red Wings At Blues: Scoreless First Period Showcases Better St. Louis Effort

There’s a lot to like so far in tonight’s matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. Where there was uncertainty Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, there’s domination and constant pressure tonight. Ken Hitchcock’s massive practice (read: bag skate) that he put the team through apparently sunk in. They’re better on the puck, they’re more sure about creating turnovers, and they’re making the big hits where it counts.

Detroit leads in shots 13-11, but the Blues will have the advantage of beginning the second period with on a powerplay thanks to Niklas Kronwall holding penalty. If the Blues can keep up the good effort and the pressure, they might very well be leaving the second period with a goal or two.

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Red Wings At Blues: Final Regular Season Meeting Between Division Rivals

The Wings're fighting for home ice advantage in the playoffs, while the Blues would like to turn around their recent sloppy play to regain the lead in the Western Conference. Unfamiliar territory for both teams could be traversed in the postseason.

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