Some say it's destiny.
Destiny that the Wings, the holders of numerous streaks, would put an end to what has been the most impressive start of the season.
However, it wasn't meant to be as the Wings lost in a shootout.
While both sides were motivated and pumped up heading in to the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks started off the hottest by out shooting the Wings 9-3. Detroit played great defense, including a pair of successful penalty kills, however, they could simply not generate enough offense which led to the two teams heading in to the intermission tied 0-0.
Although Detroit did seem to pick up their pace, the second period was much of the same. Detroit did manage to shoot the puck more, equaling Chicago's total of 12 for the period. Nonetheless, the two sides headed into the third without a goal.
3 minutes into the third, Tomas Tatar breaks the deadlock and gives the Wings the 1-0 lead. The Wings continued to play strong throughout the period and with less than 3 minutes to go the Wings looked like they would in fact end Chicago's streak. Jonathan Ericsson, being the ever successful defenseman that he is, decides that instead of clearing the puck down the ice, the puck should instead go into the penalty box. By doing this, Chicago gets to end the game on a PP. Just 30 seconds into it, Patrick Kane scores to tie the game up and preserve the Blackhawks streak.
The two sides would both end up empty handed in OT so a shootout was needed to decide the game. Both teams missed their respective shots in the first round. Damien Brunner, who had started the season 2-for-2 on the shootout was up next for the Wings. A pair of beautiful moves later and all Brunner has to do is poke in the puck to give the Wings the lead. Instead, Brunner misses the puck and Patrick Kane scores on the next shot to give Chicago the lead.
Chicago won after Crawford saves Zetterbergs attempt.
Here are some notes from today's game:
- As I mentioned above, the Wings played great defense in the first period. This included 6 blocked shots of which 4 belonged to Brian Lashoff.
- About 6 minutes into the 2nd period, Chicago had a great sequence where Jimmy Howard somehow managed to keep the puck out of the net. Unbelievable!
- Johan Franzen looked really bored, sluggish and uninterested during the game. One of the NBC announcers pointed this out during a play towards the end of the second where Franzen just stood and looked at the puck instead of trying to move in and make a play.
- I have to say, Franzen did improve his play as the game went on. He played really well towards the end of the third, recording multiple shots.
- The Wings played great during their one PP in the 2nd period. Lots of shots, including quite a few from Brendan Smith who looked really good.
- Lots of mid-ice giveaways by the Wings, this has to improve during future games.
- Jimmy Howard played yet another great game. Without him, Chicago would have won this easily.
- How about Tatar!
- The Wings took command of the third period, out shooting the Blackhawks 13-9. The shot total for the game was 33 shots a piece.
Overall, the Wings played good and deserved the point that they got. Lets face it, Chicago is a good team and the point was well-earned. I really like the way the Wings played defensively and how they played throughout the third period.
Player of the game is Jimmy Howard.
Next up for the Wings are the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at home.
Lets Go Wings!