Stunner at Staples 2.0: Red Wings Goalie Howard Bound for Calder Trophy

January 8th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
In the first round of the 2001 NHL playoffs, the No. 2 seed Detroit Red Wings were matched up against the No. 7 seed Los Angeles Kings.

Heading into Game Three in Los Angeles, the Red Wings had a 2-0 series lead and were on their way to what most thought was a sure-fire series sweep.

The Kings won Game Three.  Then Games Four and Five.  They were down by three goals in Game Six at home at the Staples Center, but came back to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Forward Adam Deadmarsh roofed a shot past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood just minutes into the overtime period, completing the highly unlikely mid-series sweep.

The game became known as "The Stunner at Staples."

On Thursday night, the Red Wings provided the sequel to this story.

Though this wasn't a playoff game and nothing more than two regular season points were on the line, the game had all the intensity of a playoff matchup.

The Los Angeles Kings played an unbelievably strong game.

They carried the momentum, and the puck, nearly the entire time and utterly dominated the Red Wings.

That is, every Red Wing except ...

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