Following the All-Star Game suspensions of Nick Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk that raised a lot of eyebrows on the fans in Detroit and the week long absence of hockey for the fans, the Red Wings went into their game against Dallas looking for a win.
With the absence of newly-signed Henrik Zetterberg, who was out with back spasms, and Brad Stuart, officially listed on Injured Reserve, the Wings called up familiar faces Aaron Downey and Ville Leino.
However, the Wings opened the game off to a rocky start.
Detroit took some badly-called penalties that resulted in goals from Dallas' Brad Richards and Jere Lehtinen. Towards the end of the first period, Chris Conner scored, giving Dallas to a 3-0 first period lead.
At the start of the second period, Dallas' Erikkson scored early to make the game 4-0. However, Detroit finally showed up to play after Brian Rafalski made a great pass to Marian Hossa to get Detroit on the board.
It didn't take long before Dallas and Detroit began to make it look like a battle from the Western Conference finals last year. Downey began to get feisty, the crowd finally showed some enthusiasm for the game, and Dallas took their first penalty of the game.
The Wings thought they scored a goal on the power play, but it was reviewed and determined no goal. However, they made up for it shortly after, when Andreas Lilja scored his second goal of the season.
Soon after, Detroit had another goal waved off after Lidstrom got one past Marty Turco. It was reviewed and called back as goaltender interference.
Going into the third period, down by two goals, Detroit seemed to have their game back together and had several chances, but couldn't seem to get the puck past Turco.
Turco, having never defeating Detroit at Joe Louis during the regular season, accomplished that after Dallas defeated Detroit 4-2.
The Red Wings' next game Saturday against Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals should be a good battle of skills and determination during the second half of the regular season.