Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings Take Season Closer Against Blues 3-0



The Detroit Red Wings close out the 2013-2014 regular season with a solid 3-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Much of the first period was a defensive battle from both sides. Detroit would get themselves on the board first, at 13:30, when St. Louis turned the puck over in the neutral zone and it was carried back into the Blues’ zone by Pavel Datsyuk. He threw a cross-zone pass up to Brian Lashoff at the point, who put a shot at goaltender Ryan Miller. It would deflect off the body of Justin Abdelkader who was screening Miller, and pop up over him into the net to make it 1-0 Detroit. Shots through one period of play were 7-4 in favor of St. Louis.

The second period was much of the same from the first, both sides playing a gritty, defensive game. Detroit would strike again, this time late in the period. At 16:19, Riley Sheahan brought the puck into the offensive zone up the wing. He put a shot through the feet of Carlo Colaiacovo, which Miller never saw, and put it in far-side for the 2-0 lead leaving the period. Shots after two were tied at 13 a side.

The Red Wings would get St. Louis on their heels for much of the third period, and would take advantage of it to seal the win. At 12:43, coming into the Blues’ zone, Datsyuk fed a pass to the front of St. Louis’ net, with a streaking Abdelkader flying in on Miller. He’d redirect the pass around Miller, good for a 3-0 lead in the game and his second goal of the afternoon. St. Louis would fail to muster any offense in the remainder of the game, and Detroit would take their final game of the season 3-0, giving Petr Mrazek his second NHL career shutout. Final shot totals were 23-21 in favor of the Blues.

This is a huge win for them going into the first game of the playoffs later this week. It gives them 93 points on a season that many had already counted them out on back in February, and that just seemed to get more difficult with injuries the more they pushed. Babcock has shown tremendous coaching ability this year as well, being able to take this group of kids with virtually no NHL experience and turning them into a speedy group playing well beyond their years. He should be a strong candidate for the Jack Adams award this season.

Game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals will start on Thursday for the Red Wings and Boston Bruins. See you in the playoffs, Nation!

-Nathan Webb

About Nathan Webb

Work by day, hockey by night. I write purely from a fan's perspective. I've been an avid Wings fan for as long as I can remember, and win or lose, praise or critique, I always support my team. Stevie Y will always be the best, and the Avs will always be the strongest of rivals.

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  1. John Ballinger Sr.

    April 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    ya go wings

  2. Johnny Timothy Ashby Jr.

    April 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Bring on the Bruins!

  3. Viann Markel

    April 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Go red wings

  4. Troy Soik

    April 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Anyone what time and channel thursday

  5. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Last year FSD had broadcasting rights to the first round and NBC took over for the second round and on. I would assume they’d do the same thing this year, but I’m not sure yet. -NW

  6. Barry Stonefish

    April 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    …starting off fresh against the best team in the NHL. …Go-RedWings!

  7. Troy Soik

    April 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Oh hope not I live in Virginia don’t get fox sports Detroit I get nbc

  8. Chris Olson

    April 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Geez! I watched them play the Blues at the Joe January 20th and they got whooped! Glad they won this final one though!

  9. Matt Bogey

    April 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    When is game 1?

  10. Brian Immel

    April 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Go Wings.. One at a time playoff time Git-R-Done!!

  11. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Thursday. -NW

  12. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Friday, actually.

  13. Bob Schoenberg

    April 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    see u thurs

  14. Adam S Ryan

    April 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Ryan Daniel

  15. Bob Schoenberg

    April 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    fox sports 4 the first rd

  16. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    NBC on some good stuff, then. Because they had said it was Thursday. >_> -NW

  17. Troy Soik

    April 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Well they will play game nationally I hope

  18. Troy Soik

    April 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    You would think Boston best record they play game nationally

  19. Jenny Melson

    April 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    nice catch…

  20. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Babcock said Friday. Maybe he’s on the goods?

  21. Keith Schultz

    April 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you Red Wings!!!

  22. Sally Bogard

    April 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Great game.

  23. Tyler Conway

    April 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Jared Peterson MRAZEK, let’s gooooo

  24. Jared Peterson

    April 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    !!!!start em everygame!!!!

  25. Larry McClish

    April 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Wish they would have played like this against Carolina. Nice shutout by Mrazek. Would have liked Pittsburgh in the first round but hope they make Boston sweat.

  26. Daniel Pardo

    April 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Nice catch What form EH !!

  27. Adam Bentley

    April 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    The only 2 wins Petr has is shutouts!!

  28. Troy Soik

    April 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Yup Fri night 730 on nbcsn nice I can watch the wings here in va go wings

  29. Thomas L Attard

    April 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Mrazek’s a very good goalie, that’s for sure! The Wings looked very good today. Now….the true test! Boston is going to be VERY TOUGH!

  30. Scott David Fisher

    April 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Petr is awesome

  31. Kyle Fox

    April 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    So NBC that means doc emerick will be there. I’m down with that lol

  32. Amanda Shaffer

    April 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Scott Altman