The Detroit Red Wings (13-4-1) suffered their second straight loss against a Central Division opponent. The St. Louis Blues' (8-7-0) victory ended their three game losing streak. Not only did the Wings lose, but Henrik Zetterberg's point streak has come to an end. He scored a point in the first 17 games of the season, but could not score one in Game #18 against the Blues despite taking six shots on goal.
Goaltender Dominik Hasek was pulled after allowing four goals in the second period on 12 shots (only 7 shots in that period). I'm not jumping off Dom's bandwagon, but Chris Osgood is playing the a No. 1 goaltender right now. I realize Dom has never been a quick starter and the irritated hip injury didn't help, but he hasn't looked very sharp lately. Admittedly, he did face some tough shots to stop last night, but allowing four goals on seven shots in one period is a bit rough.
"One of those games you just feel you didn't help the team," Hasek said. "I don't have an explanation. It doesn't look good when you give up four goals in one period. I didn't get into the game.
"I'm not looking for excuses. I have to fight through this problem (not getting into the game mentally), or whatever you want to call it. I feel I can play much better."
I won't be too concerned unless Dom plays poorly in Saturday's game. Usually after a bad performance, he gets angry at himself and really plays well in the next game. Hopefully, that will be the case and the Wings will finally beat Chicago this season.
The penalties hurt us in the second period when we had three called for hooking. At one point, Dan Cleary and Kris Draper (two key players for the penalty kill) were in the box giving the Blues a two minute 5-on-3. The Blues scored less than a minute into that two man advantage power play.
The Wings don't play until Saturday this week at home against Chicago.