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The Red Wings lose, 3-2 to the Boston Bruins. This game just felt weird to me while I was watching it. The fans weren’t into it and the players weren’t into it, so it was hard for me to really get into it. A bit of intensity reared its head late in the game, but it was far too late to salvage the game by then. Let’s get into the recap.
Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Howard would start in between the pipes for their respective teams, turning away all shots and opportunities during the first 20 minutes of play.
Martin Frk lit the lamp first in the second period, netting his first goal since December 20th in Philadelphia. Frk blasted a slapshot from Ovechkin’s office in the right circle on the powerplay, drawing first blood for Detroit two minutes into the 2nd period.
David Pastrnak and Sean Kuraly caught the Red Wings napping on defense to tie the game 10 minutes and 11 seconds after Frk finished on the powerplay. Pastrnak found Kuraly inching towards the net behind the Red Wings defense at the left circle, and Kuraly took the partially tipped cross-ice pass and fired it past Howard to tie the game at 1.
David Krejci made the Red Wings pay for failing to clear a rebound in front of the net, blasting a slot rebound past a sprawled-out Jimmy Howard and four Red Wings defenseman to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead with five and change left to go in the frame.
Danton Heinen would make it three unanswered for the Bruins with his 12th of the year about 8 minutes into the period. Boston took advantage of the Red Wings’ inability to control the puck in their own zone, tipping the puck away from Nick Jensen and to Heinen at the bottom of the right circle. Heinen finished with a wrister over the blocker of Jimmy Howard, giving the Bruins some breathing room at 3-1.
Frans Nielsen struck late in the third, burying a rebound at point-blank range to pull the Wings within one with a minute and 24 seconds to go. It wouldn’t be nearly enough though, as the Red Wings went almost silently in a crucial 3-2 loss to Boston.
Incredible stat from the game, Boston goalie Tuukka Rask’s personal point streak reached 21 straight games started with yesterday’s win. He has not lost in regulation since November 22nd vs. Edmonton. That’s an incredible streak, and is a huge reason why the Bruins are climbing higher and higher in the standings.
Where Are The Red Wings?
The Red Wings might as well have just hopped off the team bus after two periods and came on the ice to play the third, because they practically weren’t even there during the first 20 minutes. Give a lot of credit to Jimmy Howard for stopping 22/24 in the first two frames. He was a big reason why this game was as close as it was on the scoreboard.
The 3rd period was a step up from the first two for sure, but was still much less than what you need to come back from a deficit to one of the hottest teams in the whole league. Nielsen’s third period tally came much too late for the Red Wings, as the Bruins stifled the Wings for the last moments of the game to seal their 8th win out of the last 10.
Frans Nielsen had this to say after the loss: “It’s tough to figure out. We are coming from some really good games where we were shooting pucks, we were competing, we were tough to play against and then we came out tonight and no response at all.”
I agree with Frans wholeheartedly. I just don’t know what’s going on with this team. They’ve been plagued by inconsistency ever since the start of the season, and, in my opinion, they just don’t have the pieces to be consistent right now. They don’t have enough consistent talent or consistent coaching. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see them fixing this any time soon.
Player of the Game
Jimmy Howard actually put forth a solid effort last night against Boston. He stopped 28/31 backstopping a lackluster defense. He put up a .903 sv% and had a quality performance that was just about due for him. Petr Mrazek has stolen the show recently, taking over the starting job and backing up that choice with quality play. If they can get Howard to pick up his game too, they could be in business with a good goalie tandem. Or, they can afford to move one of them at the deadline and get a nice return. Anyway you look at it, Howard being back to form would be great for the Red Wings.
@ New York Islanders(26-22-6, 58 pts)
Friday, February 9th, 2018
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
7:00 PM ET
The Islanders currently sit at 26-22-8 for 58 points, putting them 6th in the Eastern’s Metropolitan Division. They have been hovering at or around average all season, but I think they have the talent on their team to possibly make some noise. Matt Barzal has looked amazing so far this season, and has definitely made his case for the Calder. Josh Bailey has been a surprise this season, overachieving by quite a lot above what many people expected from him this season. John Tavares is, of course, John Tavares. He can have an effect on any game that he wants to.
The Islanders weak spot so far this season has been the goaltender position. Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak have underperformed so far, and it has held the Islanders back at times. If New York decides to buy at the deadline(which would be unwise in my opinion), they might look at one of the two goaltenders in Detroit.
John Tavares leads the team with 59 points, trailed by Bailey and Barzal with 57 and 53. Their lineup is a bit top heavy, as the next closest scorer is Anders Lee with 43. Shutting down their big three will be crucial.
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- DRW Game Recap, Game 54: Happy Anger (Wsh 4, Det 5)(OT) - February 11, 2018
- DRW Game Recap, Game 53: Cut Down (NYI 7, Det 6)(OT) - February 10, 2018
- DRW Game Recap, Game 52: No-Show (Bos 3, Det 2) - February 7, 2018
- DRW Game Recap, Game 51: Consistently Inconsistent (Fla 3, Det 2) - February 4, 2018
- DRW Game Recap, Game 50: Hurricane Darren (Car 1, Det 4) - February 3, 2018
- DRW Game Recap, Game 49: Filth (SJ 1, Det 2)(SO) - February 1, 2018
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