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COMEBACK IS SHOT DOWN.....Pittsburgh 5, RED WINGS 4 (SO), M 3/21/11
Posted on: 03-21-2011

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>>caption:  †NEAL'S SHOOTOUT SHOT
SAILED OVER MacDONALD'S GLOVE<<

@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:

 †  † The Red Wings rallied from a
4-0 deficit to force overtime, but
lost a shootout to Pittsburgh 5-4
Monday night.
 †  † James Neal, the last "regulation"
shootout shooter, fired over the glove of Detroit relief goalie Joey
MacDonald to put the puck into the top right corner of the net.
 †  † Until the third round of the shootout MacDonald had been perfect as
Jimmy Howard's replacement, stopping 10 of 10 shots on goal over 31:44
and also foiling Pittsburgh's first two shootout attempts.  †
 †  † Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Dan Cleary and Mike Modano
scored Detroit's regulation goals, the last two on the power play against
Pittsburgh's top NHL ranked penalty killing unit.  †
 †  † Pascal Dupuis scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Penguins
built their 4-0 lead. Howard was chased with more than 6-mins to go in the
2nd-Per trailing 4-0 having made 11-SV on 15-SOG.  †
 †  † It could have been worse. The Penguins had an early 2nd-Per goal by
Craig Adams voided by incidental goaltender contact.
 †  † The Penguins scored twice in a 4:03 span late in the 1st-Per. Dupuis
(#12) tucked a backhander past Howard at 15:14/1. Chris Kunitz (#22)
then wristered a Dupuis rebound into the net with only 42.4-sec left in
the opening frame.
 †  † The Pens tallied twice more in a 2:25 span of the middle period. Dupuis
(#13) again tucked the puck between Howard and the goalpost, this time
getting his own end boards rebound for a shorthanded marker at 10:51/2.
Howard failed to control a cross-crease pass from Kunitz to an open Tyler
Kennedy (#17), who backhanded the disc over the right pad of a sprawkling
Howard at 13:16/2. Joey MacDonald immediately took over in goal for Howie.
 †  † Zetterberg's individual effort finally got the Red Wings on the board at
17:41/2. Zetterberg passed the puck into the offensive zone, followed the
play and retrieved the biscuit in the left corner. Zetterberg (#21) skated into
the left circle and backhanded off of Pens DEF Kris Letang as the puck deflected
through Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson's 5-hole.
 †  † Detroit seized momentum early in the 3rd-Per. Filppula (#16) stuffed the puck
underneath Johnson at 1:57/3 and the goalie's left leg swing knocked the disc
into the net to make it 4-2.
 †  † The Wings pulled within one at 8:06/3. Detroit won an offensive zone faceoff,
cycled the puck to Niklas Kronwall and Kroner blasted from the right point. Cleary
(#24) tipped up the shot with his stick blade over Johnson for the PPG.
 †  † Detroit tied the game 4-all on another p-play. Mike Modano took a sweet cross-
pass from Filppula in the right circle and wristed a dipping shot undrrneath's Johnson's
glove. Modano's third goal of the season was his first in 21 games and also Modano's
first since NOV 3RD. (Modano sat out from NOV 26TH until FEB 26TH following surgery
to repair a severe skate blade cut to his wrist.)
 †  † Detroit outshot Pittsburgh 14-5 in their 3rd-Per comeback. Each team had 4-SOG
in overtime. The Wings outshot the Penguins 41-25 over 65-mins.
 †  † Each team had good chances in the OT. Johnson stretched-out to foil Darren
Helm at the end of a 2-on-1 rush. Kennedy fanned on a juicy bouncing rebound in front
of MacDonald as overtime time expired.
 †  † With the Red Wings minus two of their top three usual shootout shooters (see
the scratch list below), Todd Bertuzzi, Modano and Cleary were all stopped by
Johnson in the shootout. MacDonald frustrated Alex Kovalev and Letang before Neal
gave Pittsburgh the victory.
 †  † The Red Wings have won just 5-of-12 at home in 2011.
 †  † Pittsburgh won the season series from Detroit 2-0-1.

QUOTEBOOK...  †  †  †

R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "We started good. We were outshooting
them 7-1, all over it, but nothing went in and they got the momentum...The
bottom line is, we have to win those battles in the tough areas...to be successful
...I think Howie would like to have the first one back, but we hung him out to dry
on the other ones. Mac [hasnít] had that much work, but he made some nice saves
for us and gave us an opportunity in the shootout as well...Our guys really battled
and hung in there, and we found a way to get a good point. "

R-WINGS CEN MIKE MODANO:   "We really didnít too much in the first 40,
but we certainly gave ourselves a chance to make it interesting and
make a game out of it...It's a real sign of this team's consistency and
the pride they have. It's great to be a part of. We felt if we got it to
two, there was a good opportunity to get back in it."
†  †
R-WINGS FWD HENRIK ZETTERBERG:  † "I think we played really good in the third
[period]. Got some big goals. Unfortunately we couldn't get the win."

PENS GOALIE BRENT JOHNSON:   "The barn [JLA] was maybe one of the loudest
I've ever heard after they got that fourth goal. The decibel level was definitely
high in here. Through the [1980s] I came here with my grandpa [R-Wings HoFamer
Sid Abel] every game...I haven't played here in a long time, but playing in front of
family and friends it's definitely fantastic. Getting a win underneath my grandfather's
jersey is one great thing."

PENS L-WING JAMES NEAL:   "We want to play this team tough each time we play
them. No matter how much they battled back, we still found a way to win. It's a
good feeling."

PENS Rt-WING PASCAL DUPUIS:   "They kept coming. At the same time, you don't
want to let a team creep back like they did in the third."

OVERTIME:

 †  † Detroit FWDs Pavel Datsyuk (lower body injury), Johan Franzen (undisclosed
injury) and Jiri Hudler (flu) remained sidelined. The return of DEF Ruslan Salei from
family leave meant the Red Wings had to dress seven defensemen in order to fill
out a full 20-man roster (including 11 forwards and two goalies) for Monday's game.
 †  † The Penguins played without FWD Matt Cooke, suspended earlier Monday by the
NHL for his elbow to the head of New York Ranger Ryan McDonagh in a nationally
televised game Sunday afternoon. Cooke has been banned for the remainder of the
regular season AND for the first round of the playoffs.
 †  † Detroit's Justin Abdelkader spent much of the 2nd-Per in the "quiet room" as
possible concussion symptoms were assessed after he'd taken a blow to the head.
Abdelkader returned in the 3rd-Per at set up Helm's near-winner in overtime.
 †  † MacDonald is now 0-&-3 in relief of Howard this season.
 †  † The last time Detroit rallied from an 0-4 deficit to win at home was in a 5-4
victory over Toronto at Olympia on 2/22/1972.
 †  † The Red Wings host NHL Western Conference leading Vancouver in game two
of their five game homestand Wednesday night.

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