St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The St. Louis Blues shut out the Detroit Red Wings by a final score of 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
This game was a hard-hitting, tightly contested affair for most of the game, and there was hardly any room to skate for large portions of the game.
No one scored in the first period, but Chris Porter puts in a goal late in the second period on a massive scrum in front of the goal that gave the Blues a 1-0 lead they needed to start their defensive clamp down of Detroit.
Detroit put on a furious offense sequence with four minutes to go in the game, even generating scoring chances while down a man late in the game.
The Red Wings seemed out of line in this game offensively as many of their passes did not connect and the Blues capitalized with scoring chances on Jimmy Howard.
Both Jimmy Howard and Brian Elliott were stellar in this game. Howard stopped 24 of 25 shots, while Elliott put up a 28-save shutout.
Detroit now sits 8th overall in the Western Conference with a 19-15-5 record. They are three points up on ninth-place Phoenix, but with the return of goaltender Mike Smith and the fact that the Coyotes have a game in hand on Detroit, the Coyotes could challenge the Red Wings for that spot very soon.
St. Louis now moves to sixth place with a 21-14-2 record. A Minnesota Wild regulation loss later today could keep them in sixth place for longer than just today.
St. Louis Blues 1, Detroit Red Wings 0. Final Score.
This game was as "division-rival ugly" as it gets.
Both teams finished with under 30 shots on goal and there were plenty of hits (23 a piece) to go round. The Red Wings didn't win enough faceoffs to be competitive in this game. The Red Wings love free-wheeling with the puck, but no puck possession means that most of the game was spent in the Red Wings' end of the ice.
The Blues now leap-frog the Red Wings, sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference with 44 points, while Detroit falls to eighth overall with just a three-point lead in the standings on the Phoenix Coyotes (although the Coyotes have a game in hand).
Blues win by a final score of 1-0.
This one was a nail-biter down the stretch, but the Red Wings didn't do enough in the first period or the first 15 minutes of the third period.
The Red Wings have had a tendency of late to leave their energy to the last five minutes of a game and tonight it bit them hard, as they get shut out in a hard-fought defensive struggle.
Detroit pulled the goalie for an extra attacker to even the skaters at five a side. The Red Wings refuse to go quietly as there are 20.9 second to go in the game.
Offensive zone draw for the Red Wings coming up.
Soft call here as Nik Kronwall gets called for "closing the hand on the puck." This came on the tail end of getting knocked down by Vladamir Sobotka.
This penalty basically puts Detroit on the penalty kill for the rest of the game.
Just 2:08 to go in the game.
Well just as how I talk about how the Red Wings have had minimal offensive pressure throughout the game, the Red Wings have their best two chances of the game.
Alex Pietrangelo has a huge blocked shot with his hand on what could have been the tying goal.
Zetterberg and David Perron go off on coincidental minors here with 4:01 to go in the game.
Just over five minutes to go here in the third period. The pace has really gone downwards as this game as progressed though. Interesting, as the Red Wings still trail by a goal.
In the three minutes and 16 seconds that the Red Wings have had of power play time, they had minimal scoring chances and in many ways, gave momentum to the St. Louis Blues.
The score remains 1-0 St. Louis. That looks to be a final score unless Detroit can get some serious offense going here in the last five minutes of this one.
Danny Alkalizer— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) April 7, 2013
More Doc Emrick trolling on his pronunciation.
Great, Quincey gives up the puck an then runs over Howard. Not a good game for him.— George Malik (@georgemalik) April 7, 2013
Vladimir Sobotka to the penalty box here for roughing Justin Abdelkader. The Red Wings desperately need some more offensive production on this man advantage to generate some momentum.
Third period underway here in Detroit.
Utterly embarrassing start to the period for the Red Wings as they ice the puck twice on the power play. With a chance for momentum, this power play is going down hill in a hurry.
With the Red Wings having 1:16 of power play time to start the third period, it is imperative that they possess the puck more in the offensive zone.
This puck possession starts in the faceoff circle, where the Blues have a 23-17 advantage. The Red Wings are winning 51.2 percent of draws on the season, while the Blues are winning only 50.0 percent.
If the Red Wings can start winning faceoffs in the third period, they can possess the puck more, putting more duress on the St. Louis defensemen.
The second period seemed to open up a lot more for both teams. The Red Wings had the advantage in shots with 13 that period, now leading 20-19 overall in shots.
Despite this fact, the Red Wings need to get to the net like the St. Louis Blues were able to do in the second period. The Red Wings had a bundle of scoring opportunities, but were unable to beat Brian Elliott.
Red Wings are going to go back to the power play here, as David Backes takes a tripping penalty against Jonathan Ericsson.
Just a few ticks left in the second period, so this penalty will carry over to the third period of the Red Wings do not score.
Had to figure that the first goal of this game would be an ugly goal as there have been plenty of quality scoring chances to go around.
Mad scramble in front of the Red Wings goal finishes with Berglund dumping Jakub Kindl towards the goal, the puck goes in before Chris Porter parks the puck in a "scrum-like" goal.
Red Wings go back to the power play for the first time tonight as Patrik Berglund takes down Justin Abdelkader in the Blues crease.
Johan Franzen takes advantage of Kevin Shattenkirk falling down to send Gustav Nyquist in on a breakaway. Brian Elliott stops him cold.
33 shots between the two teams.
Someone threw an octopus on the ice at the last TV timeout.
Detroit's ice crew leader, Al Sobotka had a tradition of spinning it over his head before walking off of the ice, and he did it again there.
— Matthew Schwartz (@LetsGoWingscom) April 7, 2013
The Red Wings and Blues have seen this game open up a little bit more in the second period. Second period shots are now 6-5 for the Red Wings.
Although the NBC commentators are saying that the game has "tightened up" a bit in this period, the fact remains that the Red Wings are getting more scoring chances and shots on goal than they were in the first period.
The Blues are also skating well and getting their chances, but the Red Wings definitely have the bulk of the opportunities in this period.
One has to be appreciative of Mike Babcock trying to get Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen going offensively by putting them together on the same line, but watching Justin Abdelkader trying to play on the same line as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg is just embarrassing to watch.
Abdelkader has no where near the same amount of offensive skill as Zetterberg or Datsyuk, but Mike Babcock has kept him paired with Datsyuk since mid-February.
This could end up bringing the Red Wings' offense down further than it has been so far this season.
St. Louis is finally driving the net and remaining at the net on their scoring chances. The Red Wings also finally had some offensive zone time against the Blues.
Still scoreless, however.
Second period underway here in Detroit.
Still searching for the game's first goal.
Fundamentally speaking, it was a great period for the Blues. They gave up minimal offensive chances and had tremendous success in getting into the Red Wings zone and keeping the puck there.
As mentioned already though, the Blues need to get closer to the net on these drives to the net. Crashing the net for rebounds would not hurt the Blues offense either.
For the Red Wings, their hitting game in the first period was excellent. Although there were some big hits going against the Red Wings (e.g. Ryan Reeves running over Kyle Quincey in the neutral zone), the Red Wings finished the period with 12 hits.
These hits represented only a fraction of the defensive effort that was made behind the Red Wings' net.
Going forward, the Red Wings need to be better on their first pass out of their zone. Of the few times in the first period where the Red Wings had a successful offensive breakout, the results were a either a shot on goal or a quality scoring chance.
Detroit kills the Blues' power play and no damage is done for the moment.
End of one period here in Hockeytown, still scoreless. Not a lot of room to move for either team, although the Blues finish the period with an 11-7 advantage in shots.
The Blues have to do a better job of getting to the net with the puck, as they seem just content to shoot on the rush from 30-40 feet away from the goal. The Blues are getting their fair share of odd-man rushes, but they are shooting the puck from too far away from the goal to have any substantial threat of scoring.
The Red Wings need to be better with the puck. Although they had four takeaways and only two giveaways (per the NHL.com game chart), the Red Wings have not had any tape-to-tape passes to leave their own end.
The Red Wings need to get the first pass out of the zone so they can use their speed and skill in the open ice to get chances on Brian Elliott.
Detroit is gonna take an interference penalty here after Jakub Kindl takes an interference penalty on Chris Porter.
St. Louis Blues have a huge advantage on special teams over the Red Wings (22.1 percent on the power play, while the Red Wings are killing just 79.7 percent of power plays).
The Red Wings have been nearly caught multiple times on bad line changes. Personally, I don't think there's much to the "chess game" that Pierre McGuire spoke about earlier.
When attempting to match personnel, it means that there is a lack of players actually on the ice, as all the players are attempting to get in the play from the bench.
If it wasn't for Jimmy Howard's play this first period, the score could easily favor the Blues by two or three goals.
Still tied at 0-0.
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