No, I am not embellishing the loss the Detroit Red Wings suffered tonight.
At first glance, losing 2-1 a couple of things run through the unsuspecting mind -- a goalie duel or a defensive stalwart.
Even though one of the two, maybe even both can justify the loss, it still doesn't explain the loss.
It was down right ugly.
Going 0-for-6 on the powerplay can be one thing to cringe about, but not scoring on a five minute powerplay can make you gag.
And that right there is what the Red Wings did.
After not scoring, let alone, pressuring the Blues on the five minute man advantage, the Blues ended up doing the right thing themselves, gaining momentum and capitalizing shortly after on a powerplay of their own, albeit only 13 seconds into it.
The Red Wings didn't look Red-Wing-like and only mustered 23 shots on goal, including just one in the final 14 minutes of the game.
After playing some of the most beautiful hockey in the last four games that they have all season, the Wings fell back down to the ugly hockey that mired them in that six game winless skid.
But aside from the Red Wings not looking good as a team, aside from Jimmy Howard who again played great and kept his team in it, one has to wonder when Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are going to come out of their so far, season long struggle.
Hopefully soon as the Red Wings now head to the west coast to take on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday than end the road trip with back-to-back games against the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The Red Wings can't fall back into sleeping giant mode.
Throw this loss out the window and get back in gear.