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A night to four-get: Red Wings lose to Stars 4-2

Detroit Red WIngs v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The (then) undefeated Red Wings rolled into the (then) win-less Stars’ barn for a mid-week tilt Tuesday night.

The Wings definitely came back down to earth, not much happening or clicking to make you believe this team is anything more than a basement-dweller. Though, there are many improvements that can be made.

I was half-distracted by what was going on in Las Vegas halfway through the game, so forgive my half-assed analysis, but I’m sure you’ll understand! Here are some quick observations for those who missed the game...

Observations from the 1st

  • John Klingberg opened up the scoring off an offensive zone face-off. Puck was fed right to him, he walked the line, then fired it in. Mrazek appeared to be partially-screened.
  • The Red Wings power-play looked pretty good the first time around. I’m not sure if that means the Dallas penalty kill is just poor, or if the Wings have got it figured out. I’m going with the former.
  • Remember when I JUST said the Red Wings PP looked good? Well, Dallas’ looked better. Stars made it 2-0 after Tyler Seguin ripped a howitzer from the Ovi’s Office.

Shots end 11-6 in favor of Dallas, 5v5 corsis are 21-12. All Stars in the opening 20.

Observations from the 2nd

  • Wings had a look on the PP in the first five minutes, but did not look nearly as on-point as the first one earlier - it didn’t last long after Larkin took an interference penalty. Shortly after, Tyler Seguin went off to put the Wings back on the PP. That’s when they were able to connect on a goal from Justin Abdelkader:
  • The Stars made it a two-goal game again, and of course, it was Mattias Janmark. He clowned out Nick Jensen, and Petr Mrazek topped it off with a kick-save and a beauty:
  • Holy crap, Jonathan Ericsson is bad.

2nd period ends just as the 1st did — Stars in full control, with a two-goal lead.

Observations from the 3rd

  • The Wings got an early chance on the man advantage, which they could not capitalize on.
  • While you were watching this game, Tomas Nosek scored the first Vegas Golden Knights goal in the city of Las Vegas. Awesome moment for him, awesome moment for the city:
  • Back in Dallas, Danny DeKeyser left the game with a lower-body injury.
  • How about Anthony Mantha? What a shot this guy has. He managed to pull it within one goal. Dylan Larkin put in great work and patience to make it happen:
  • Final two-or-so minutes were spent by the Red Wings trying to rope-a-dope themselves into tying the game with Mrazek pulled. They failed miserably.

Red Wings lose 4-2.

Not hard to predict - Ben Bishop stood tall against the Wings (nothing new there), and the Stars outplayed Detroit from top-to-bottom. The good news is that this is only the third game of the season!

Oh god... This was only the third game of the season. Oh no.