Close, But No Cigar: Detroit Red Wings 0 - Anaheim Ducks 1

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

You don't get points for finishing second.

Well, actually you do, but that's beside the point.

For the most part, the Wings' played like winners today. The young guys were clicking, Mrazek was playing great, Corey Perry was complaining, and Zetterberg was his usual, amazing self.

All the ingredients needed for a win were being blended together. That was, until Andrew Cogliano scored to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal of this close game, which is incredible, considering how many offensive chances each team had.

I usually give a fairly positive report on the Wings. Sometimes they deserve it, sometimes they don't. Tonight they undoubtedly deserve it.

With that in mind, to the bullets!

  • Due to the immense amount of injuries suffered by the Red Wings this season, everyone has had to step it up a notch. The way that the young guys have come together and fixed the holes that were opened up as a result of these injuries has been extremely pleasing.
  • Riley Sheahan continues to prove that he deserves to up with the Wings full-time next season. His hustle is incredible and he isn't afraid to drive the net. He strikes me as a Darren Helm type of player. Although, unlike Helm, Sheahan actually has a pair of hands.
  • With a little help from his defenseman, Petr Mrazek was able to dominate the Ducks. Sure, he let in a goal, but Mrazek played like an all-star. Hey Czech Republic, are you regretting not putting him on your Olympic roster yet?
  • Tomas Tatar will be leaving for his homeland to attend his fathers funeral. While I'm sure the Wings will let him stay as long as he needs to, I've got a feeling that Tatar will be back in Detroit by Thursday's game against the Rangers.
  • The Wings were terrible on the PP. 0-for-5 is not acceptable, especially against a team that boasts Jonas Hiller in net. They couldn't get set up properly, and when they did, they couldn't generate a good enough shot to beat the Ducks netminder. There is some serious improvement needed in this department.
  • The Red Wings nearly tied it up in the last couple of minutes. Abdelkader hit the post with 3.40 left in the third period, and the Wings had a power play, which they did absolutely nothing on.
Considering that it was their second game is less than 24 hours, I don't see how you can complain about the Wings tonight. This game neared playoff intensity at times, and outside of the lack of success on the power play, there isn't much that the Wings' did wrong today.

Also, while I can't wait to see Datsyuk back in the lineup, it has been nice to see what the young guys have been able to do. The Wings' future looks a lot brighter than what most people perceive it to be.

Next up for the Red Wings are the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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