The Red Wings WIN(finally), 5-1, over the 3rd place Winnipeg Jets. The losing streak is snapped at 7 games (0-4-3). This kind of performance was exactly what I expected when the Wings got blasted by Montreal on Saturday. This team stepped up and played a pretty good game all around to end the horrible skid they’d been on. Let’s get into the recap of this thrashing(pun intended).
The puck is dropped against Winnipeg in Detroit with the Wings badly needing a win. They showed that they felt the intensity by playing intensely. They pulled way ahead in shots, and got on the board first. 10 minutes and 42 seconds into the period, Justin Abdelkader buried a left net front rebound off of a slot opportunity from Gus Nyquist. Sometimes you have to get to the dirty areas, and Justin Abdelkader specializes in that. It’s Abdelkader’s 5th of the year, and it put the Red Wings up 1-0 halfway into the first.
Nyquist would get on the board himself later in the period, 4 minutes after the Abdelkader goal. Just moments after a Wings’ powerplay ended, the Gustav Nyquist-Tomas Tatar connection came through again, when Gus put home a JUICY rebound off of a Tatar one-timer from the right circle. That would be Nyquist’s 7th geno of the season, and it gave the Wings a 2-0 lead after one.
Good Opening Effort
The Red Wings came out in this game exactly how they needed to, outplaying the Jets and shooting the lights out for an extensive shot differential. However, they did come out well in the first period in the home part of the back to back versus the Canadiens. They ended up losing that game 6-3. A good first period effort is not enough, you have to keep the play up for a whole 60 minutes.
The lone score of the second period would come 6 minutes from the Jets and 2nd-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Patrik Laine. The goal was the kind of shot that has come to be expected from Patrik Laine: A one-timer, from the left circle, on the powerplay. Laine roofed the shot over the glove hand of Jimmy Howard for his 14th of the year, cutting Detroit’s lead to 2-1 after 40.
The Red Wings refused to let the Jets build any momentum from the Laine goal, continuing to outshoot the Jets into the 3rd period. With that many shots, the twine is sure to be twinged eventually. The flood gates broke open in the third for the Wings, as they netted 3 goals into Winnipeg’s cage. The first of which came from a Gus Nyquist tip from a Jonathan Ericsson shot only 5 minutes into the period, his second of the game. Darren Helm would follow up two minutes later with an unassisted tally to put the Red Wings up 4-1.
David Booth would drive the definite dagger into the Jets 10 minutes into the period, getting his 3rd goal of the season by finishing off a fantastic 3-on-1 opportunity with Andreas Anthanasiou and Darren Helm. That would be the final score of the game, making the final 5-1 Detroit and giving the Red Wings a long-wanted win.
The Streak is Over
Now THAT’s how you break a losing streak, against one of the best teams in the league no less. This game unfortunately doesn’t mean much in the long run. The 7-game losing streak did still happen and a lot of things were shown throughout the course of it. This team, however, did show us that they can bounce back from a blowout loss to return the favor to another team.
The effort and intensity from this game has to continue. Maybe they just need to always act like they need a great performance to snap a losing streak. The 10-1 loss was a wake-up call. It showed this team that they need to bring some fire every time out there. If they don’t, they will get left behind. It’s a good sign that this team can read the writing on the wall. However, this level of play needs to continue.
You’re going to lose a few here and there. It happens to every team. But what the good teams don’t do is come out looking lifeless and lose 7 straight. It can’t happen again, and this team needs to know it. Another win to make 2-in-a-row would be crucial. We’ll see if this game was a mirage or if the Wings can play that way consistently. From my point of view, I wouldn’t count on it. But we can be hopeful, can’t we?
vs. St. Louis Blues
Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
1:00 P.M. ET
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