Tonight's win was a very interesting yet welcomed victory for the Wings. The opening paragraph of a famous novel should do the recap some justice:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
--Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
This is just to prove that we all have well rounded backgrounds and can still make time to watch our team on TWO TWITTER ACCOUNTS, not zero Nucks Misconduct.
We all know Western Canadian road trips are full of suck, so in order to sum things up quickly (so I can go to bed), let's go over tonight's game in bullet point fashion:
- This was by no means a pretty game to watch whatsoever. It wasn't chippy, it wasn't extremely full of fluid puck movement, and it wasn't loaded with offense or glorious saves. That being said, the game had its moments and had a very low shot count, to say the least.
- Speaking of shot counts, the Red Wings' Corsi For was...don't care.
- Seriously, if you like stats, you'd be happy to know that the Red Wings actually carried the puck more than the Canucks tonight, though I have a strong intuition (and you probably do too) that this has a lot to do with the fact that the Wings held the puck for essentially the entire first period.
- Although the final +/- doesn't show it, Kyle Quincey and Jakub Kindl absolutely blew their coverage against the Sedin line, which led to the goal by Daniel right at the bottom of the circle, a really pretty play that Jimmy Howard didn't see. Granted, Babcock couldn't get DeKeyser and Kronwall on the ice, but nonetheless there is no reason why Quincey and Glendening both need to be covering the same guy inside the point. Quincey needs to call the net and Kindl has to grab Daniel Sedin.
- Danny DeKeyser looked very sharp tonight and he made quite a few key plays off the puck that helped the Wings. And you thought those would go unnoticed, didn't you?
- Jimmy Howard and Roberto Luongo didn't have to be phenomenal, but both goalies made very timely and even at some points miraculous saves that kept their teams in the game.
- Chris Osgood is going to take some getting used to in lieu of Mickey Redmond. He says some odd things here and there and is trying his best to please the fans at home by being a little biased, but he's a rookie. There are quite a few followers on Twitter, at least, who were quick to have his head. Don't be so quick to judge; it's early and he's actually very on point with quite a lot of his knowledge.
- Pavel Datsyuk does indeed have the best backhand in the game. It was a very quick shot but the crossbar robbed Pavel of a goal in the middle of the second period, and nobody but Chris Osgood saw it before the replay.
- The last two minutes of the game were interesting, with dumb penalties taken (and called) on either side, but it didn't really matter because the Canucks just couldn't get going, as the Red Wings were harassing (as they should be) in the final minute of a game.
- Here's another example of the Red Wings dominating the puck, and unlike most morons who throw the graph at you, I'll explain it!
- The unlabeled horizontal axis represents elapsed time, while the shot total is on the vertical axis. When a particular line is flat, that means no shots were attempted over that span of time. Each shot attempt has a line separating it from another shot attempt. This represents the time between each shot attempt. The Red Wings, as you can see, bombarded the Canucks in the first five minutes of the game, and it wasn't until the first powerplay where the Canucks were able to remotely get going.
- The Canucks were really punished by their slow starts to periods in this game. The second period saw them go nearly 8 minutes without a shot on goal, to give a quick example, and Tomas Tatar took advantage of Chris Tanev's "flamingo" attempt of blocking a shot. Vancouver has adapted quite well to Tortorella, and Tanev leads the Canucks statistically in blocked shots. However, he absolutely flubbed that and Luongo saw that shot for the first time on the replay board, well after the Wings had celebrated.
- John Tortorella split the Sedins onto two lines to try to get his offense going late in the third period. Yup. I'll leave this alone and let it sink in.
- I'll give you another bullet point to let that further sink in.
- Goals are not coming easily for this Red Wings team, but tonight they played the game the right way. They got pucks in deep, they took care of their own zone, and they allowed only 20 shots on goal. For a team that lost its last four games, you can't ask for much more than that against a very strong, albeit injury laden Canucks team.
Be proud of the boys tonight, everyone. They earned a round of applause. They'll play Calgary next on Friday, November 1 at 9:00 PM EST.
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for, here are our featured winners from tonight's horribly promoted "Be Funny and Get Yourself in the Recap" contest:
Nobody was really incredibly funny, except for us. Come back stronger next time!
Michelle was quite funny the whole night, but we can't reward our own Masthead. We can, however, tune our own horns. However, Redwinger43 and Joe Cooper win tonight's contest. Also, honorable mention to the chicagowingsfreak! and his "GET HUNGRY" comment.
Last but not least, tonight's "WTF?" moment presented by Michelle, when the box score went crazy on nhl.com:
I don't know Michelle. I don't know.
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