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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It was the second half of the home and home series against the Ottawa Senators - this time in Ottawa. The Sens are still clinging to a playoff spot and really needed a win after losing 5 straight.

First Period

The Wings had a chance early on courtesy of the Larkin, Abdelkader and Svechnikov line. They played very tight defense and held Ottawa to two shots on goal for over 10 minutes.

The Wings significantly out-chanced Ottawa and looked to be making things difficult for them. With 6 minutes left in the period, Ottawa won a faceoff in the Wings’ zone and a bad angle shot by Karlsson somehow made it through a crowd and past Howard.

Seconds later, Sheahan had a chance to score his first of the year on his 106th(!) shot on goal, but Anderson made the save.

The Wings did a nice job killing off a penalty near the of the period and almost had a chance to tie it up when Nosek sent a cross ice pass to Kronwall right in front of Anderson.

Shots: 11-6 DET

Score: 1-0 OTT

Second Period

The second period got off to a physical start as Ottawa pushed the Wings around and closed the gap between shots on goal. The Sens were not giving the Wings room to do much of anything.

Eight minutes into the period, another bad angle shot got past Howard and made it 2-0 Ottawa. This was a bad goal by Jimmy Howard who likely thought the puck was going to the corner.

Halfway through the period, Ottawa had outshot Detroit 11-1 and out-chanced them significantly. They were completely in control and the Wings allowed them to take over and add to their lead.

The Wings had trouble generating shots, mustering only 3 during this period and struggled to get their offense going.

Shots: 18-14 DET

Score: 2-0 OTT

Third Period

Some 4-on-4 hockey to start the third period, followed by a short Ottawa power play that the Wings killed off.

Eight minutes in, Karlsson missed a hit on Helm and fell awkwardly into the boards and on his ankle. He headed straight to the locker room, but returned after a few minutes.

The Wings’ approach this period was pretty simple: dump, chase and try to look interested. It’s apparent that they are quite checked out at this point.

With just over two minutes left, Howard headed to the bench in favour of a sixth player. The Wings created some mad scrambles in front of Anderson but the puck stayed out. Ottawa sent it back towards the empty net, but missed.

With seconds left, Larkin and Helm got into a scuffle with two Ottawa players but couldn’t put a dent in Ottawa’s lead.

Red Wings get shutout in and probably can’t wait for the season to end.

Shots: 25-24 OTT

Score: 2-0 - OTT