If the Lightning don’t win the cup this year, they’re missing a HUGE window. Man, that team is good.
The Red Wings lose, 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending the win streak at 4. I didn’t expect the Wings to win this game at all(the Lightning only have 9 regulation losses over the entire season). But, they definitely get your hopes up when they’re in it until the very end. Some shoddy calls during this game also gives the fanbase something to get fired up about again, which is exciting. You know the games do mean something when you’ve got angry fans on Twitter.
Let’s get into the recap.
The first period didn’t go ideally for the Red Wings. In fact, it went quite the opposite of ideal. Dan Girardi, who would later leave the game in the third period after taking a Martin Frk slapshot to the head, opened the scoring 9 minutes in. He redirected a pass from the point in behind Petr Mrazek, who was starting for the injured Jimmy Howard.
6 minutes later, Tyler Johnson(of course) gave the Lightning a 2 goal lead when he buried a tipped and bouncing pass coming across the crease to the left side of the net. Johnson’s 13th of the year, it’s 2-0 Lightning after 1.
Gus Nyquist would finally respond for the Wings, ripping a shot top shelf past Louis Domingue(who was making his NHL debut) on a 2-on-1 only 3 minutes into the 2nd to cut the Lightning’s lead to 2-1.
The Lightning couldn’t respond until the waning moments of the period. Failing to clear a bouncing puck in front of the net would prove costly for the Red Wings. Yanni Gourde would push to the side of the net for the Lightning and put it in easily past a very poorly positioned Petr Mrazek. The score after 2 was 3-1 Tampa Bay.
Justin Abdelkader gave the home fans something to cheer about 3 minutes into the 3rd period, taking advantage of a very poor attempt to clear the zone by the Lightning by ripping a one-timer past Louis Domingue to cut the Tampa Bay lead to one, setting up what should have been a tightly contested and exciting third period.
We got back and forth play for 10 minutes until controversy arose late in the period. A questionable icing call in which Darren Helm undoubtedly would have beat Steven Stamkos to the puck in the corner and therefore negated the icing, was called. Directly off of the defensive zone faceoff from the icing, Nikita Kucherov buried a hard wrister to give the Lightning a little breathing room.
I think we all vehemently disagree with this call, and I’m sure any neutral fan or Lightning fan who could take off the blue and white glasses would disagree as well. Sometimes though, you have to deal with a ref screwing up. Yes, even when they screw up really bad, like in this situation. They are human. That leaves chance for human error, and it’s a chance we’ve taken since referees were introduced to the game.
You might disagree with the call, but if you win the faceoff, none of this happens. Yeah, if the ref keeps his whistle in his pocket and makes the right freaking call then none of this happens, but sometimes you just have to deal with the BS. You can’t tell the referees what to do, that’s the league’s job. But the league better teach that referee how hybrid icing works, because he blew that call big time.
Yanni Gourde pots his second of the game with 4 minutes left off of a horrendous D-Zone turnover by Nick Jensen, stabbing the dagger into the heart of the Red Wings. Lightning win 5-2.
The Red Wings finish a 5-game homestand at 4-1-0, which is about all we could have asked for coming in. The game against the Lightning was chippy, with fights and hits aplenty. Maybe this homestand along with the intensity of the Tampa Bay game will be enough to give this team a much needed shot in the arm. The Red Wings got production over the 5 games at hime from a lot of players that they need to get production from to be successful down the road(Nyquist, Mantha, Larkin, Tatar, AA, etc.)
The goalie play did ramp up over the winning streak as well. Losing Jimmy Howard before Tampa Bay undoubtedly hurt the Red Wings. The upcoming “bye week” could not come at a better time for Jim Howard and Wings’ fans, giving him time to heal up before the rematch against the Penguins on Saturday, a big game in my opinion. I’m excited for what this team might be able to show us in the next few weeks. Unfortunately, for now, we have to wait a week for more hockey.
@ Pittsburgh Penguins (22-19-3, 47 pts)
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1:00 P.M. ET
NHL Network-US, FS-Detroit
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