Amidst the controversy and bad luck, Red Wings fans were just treated to an exciting, playoff-esque weekend of hockey. We also came out with 2 much needed points. And though it seems like we’re perpetually doomed to be 1 or 2 points behind a playoff spot this year, the Wings showed a lot of skill and grit this weekend, proving that we’re finally heating up. Not to mention that losing two in row in shootouts really emphasizes the importance of starting off and finishing well – playing a 60-minute game.
The end result of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Stars is an exhausted topic at this point, but I will just say this: the Wings shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. Giving up a 2-0 lead and losing after dominating the majority of the game are just as maddening as the NHL Rulebook.
Instead of focusing on the negatives for today’s game against Chicago, I’ll focus on the positives. Not to say there weren’t disappointing moments in this game – one that immediately comes to mind is the Wings’ slow start – but there were far more bright spots in this game than in Saturday’s. After that aforementioned slow start and 2 consecutive Hawks goals, the Wings really woke up in the end of the 1st. Nick Lidstrom ended the Wings 148:36 minute-long goal drought against the Hawks with a beautiful top shelf shot.
Shortly after that, Patrick Eaves and Kris Versteeg shed their respective helmets, dropped the gloves and had one of the best fights I’ve seen all season. I don’t know about you, but I think that set the stage for the 2nd period – the Wings’ best period in terms of shots on goal and effort, outshooting the Hawks 12-5. Eaves came out of the fight with a nasty gash under his right eye, but went on to tie the game at 3 in the 3rd period, giving the Wings a chance to get at least 1 point against Chicago. Bottom line: Eaves had a great game.
Zetterberg also capitalized early in the 2nd after the Hawks took 3 penalties in a row.
Of course, the game didn’t end the way Wings fans would’ve liked it to end, but even the most anti-shootout-minded person (i.e. me) has to appreciate these two gems:
Shifting gears a bit, this is one of the best Wings regular seasons I’ve seen in a long time. No, really, hear me out on this. If you’ve been a Wings fan for the past, oh, 5+ years, answer these questions: Over the past several years, at what point in the season did it start to be really exciting/nerve-wracking to watch a Wings game? How ’bout this year? Seriously, how much did you REALLY care about a Sunday afternoon game in mid-January in 2006, when the Wings had a stranglehold on the Central Division? I’m just sayin’.
Well, that’s it for my first post as your new THW Red Wings correspondent. Here’s my 5 second autobiography: Claire, born and raised in metro Detroit, college student, die-hard Wings fan with a soft spot for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m stoked to start blogging about my favorite team and hope you will enjoy my posts. I know there are a lot of great Red Wings blogs out there, so let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see from this blog. Comments, critiques, crosschecks – I welcome it all!
Next Wings game: This Tuesday the 19th against Ovechkin and the Capitals in D.C., 7:00 p.m.