Sunday, March 24, 2013

Game Recap: Red Wings 2, Anaheim Ducks 1

First game I got to watch in a while, and it was a good one. Red Wings came out with a ton of energy. It got really sketchy as the game went on as it became increasingly obvious that the Anaheim Ducks didn't want to lose back to back home games against Detroit. It didn't matter, because for two nights now the Anaheim Ducks were forced to contend with a brick wall named Jimmy Howard. I tweeted during the game that I admit that Jimmy will never be Martin Brodeur, but if you think he's not the Red Wings' franchise goaltender you're absolutely out of your mind.

No helmet? NO PROBLEM
It wasn't as clear of a win as the 5-1 one shallacking that they gave the Ducks Friday night, but that's to be expected. There was no way that Anaheim was going to let that happen again. However, that didn't deter the Red Wings either. There's always a concern that after a very strong win like Friday, that there will be back sliding by the winning team and the following game will not fare well. That didn't happen, thankfully. The same kind of strength and determination that brought them to win 5-1 is what kept them alive and kicking, even when the Ducks turned up the heat.

  • While I'm pulling desperately for Nyquist to be successful, I was a little frustrated with him tonight because there seemed to be moments when he was just standing still. That's a huge no-no in hockey; you always want to be moving in some fashion to keep the momentum under your feet so you can make a play and react quickly. 
  • Another injury scare this evening as Brian Lashoff took a puck to the face. Thankfully he dodged the same injury that Kyle Quincey suffered and was able to return for the second period. Why do these things have to keep happening? Can't we just be healthy and have that be the end of it?
  • I've talked shit about Danny Cleary a lot this season, but I'll be damned if that wasn't a sweet deflection on the Red Wings' power play. 
  • Also, how good was Jakub Kindl? Good for him.
  • I've been really tired of Anaheim Duck goaltenders getting really hot whenever the Wings come into town and destroying our hopes and dreams. I was relieved to see that didn't happen these last two games. 
  • Why was there no penalty on Hank getting hauled down by three Anaheim Ducks? That just seems like a weird penalty not to be called.
Despite a much better Ducks team playing in front of a more confident goaltender, the Red Wings still played very well. For a lot of the 2nd period and most of the 3rd, the Ducks threw the throttle all the way down and were able to come within a goal, but the Red Wings managed to stave off the onslaught and secure 4 very much needed points. 

The Bret Lebda Game Puck: Ryan Getlzaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne - What a tool bag these three are, especially that troglodyte Getzlaf. You can argue for and against the tripping penalty, though what I saw seemed like pretty obvious tripping or interference. But then those three threw a coordinated temper tantrum? Corey Perry breaks the glass with his stick, Getzlaf runs his mouth and Selanne's tears drench the refs sweater, earning them all misconducts. These are the guys who "lead" that team.

The Kris Draper Game Puck: Drew Miller - I did want to give this to someone else tonight, and that's not say that there weren't other guys out there working their asses off, because there was. But a lot of hard work by Drew Miller lead to a game winning goal as he banged away out front. Miller was on our "Deserves a Goal" list and he finally broke out and freed himself.

10 Points to Griffins-dor: Brian Lashoff - Joakim Andersson was good, Nyquist was good, Smith was good and so was Lashoff. But only one of those guys took a puck to the face and came back into the game and that was Brian Lashoff. Also, he stumbled on a one on one play, recovered nicely and made a good defensive play with an assist from Datsyuk.

The Perfect Puck: Danny Cleary - Like I said before, that was a damned impressive deflection for the first goal this evening. Kindl's shot was going wide and Cleary pulled a Tomas Holmstrom and brought it back on net and passed Hiller. Nicely done, Buckets. 

O' Captain, My Captain Game Puck: Jimmy Howard - I mean come on. This game ends completely different if Howard doesn't play this well. Two goals allowed on 68 shots (34 each night, 1 goal each night) for a 97.1% save percentage is phenomenal. Some very big saves and a lot of routine but need to be made saves gave the Red Wings the extra something special both of these games. It's making Howard's salary stock rise, but also means the Red Wings are going to be that much more likely to resign him. 

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