The Blues suck in real life and in fake life. The Red Wings out-shot the Blues 44-31 and finally beat them 2-1 in a shootout. A great performance by both goalies, but Howard comes away with the win.
It didn't look good early, though. The Blues scored on their second shot of the game and took a 1-0 lead despite being out-shot 8-2 at the time.
The Blues had a chance to put Detroit away early in the second period with an extended 5 on 3, but Howard shut the door on all 3 shots he faced.
"The Blues suck." said Howard
Full recap after the jump:
Detroit had plenty of shots on goal, but most were from outside. It wasn't until midway through the third period that Detroit finally got pressure down low which caused Halak to give up rebounds. At the 12:18 mark of the final period, Franzen buried a rebound at the side of the crease.
"The Blues suck." said Franzen of his goal.
Neither team was able to score in OT, so the game went into a shootout where Datsyuk beat Halak with a hard wrister. No deke, just a surprise wrist shot.
Howard would stop Perron and McDonald and Halak stoned Zetterberg, leaving Kronwall with a chance to win the game.
When asked after the game why he would go with a d-man so early in the shootout when Detroit had so many shootout options available, he said "The Blues suck."
This proved to be true as Kronwall snuck a backhand shot between Halak's pads to win the game.
NOHS Three Stars of the Fake Game:
First Star: Howard. .968 sv%. After realizing that Howard had beaten his percentage from the last game, Gustavsson glared at Kindl who nodded his head solemnly before slamming a can of PBR and smashing it against his own head.
Second Star: Franzen. 1g
Third Star: Filppula 1a
Next game is Saturday night against some garbage team south of Wisconsin. I forget their name.