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|Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings|
After a shutout against Edmonton, the Red Wings fall in glorious fashion to the Blue Jackets 3 – 0.
The first period was flat. Flatter than an old, warm beer in a crappy bar. While the Wing generated more shots in the period than Columbus did, giveaways, as I’ve stated multiple times in the last few weeks, were the Wing’s demise in the period, as Niklas Kronwall fumbled a pass behind his net and gave up possession. It ended up turning into a goal for Columbus at 13:46, scored by Cam Atkinson. Wings went into the locker room down 1 – 0.
The second period was no better than the first. Columbus banged home a power play goal at 5:12, scored by Jack Johnson. 1:23 later, they would score again, off of a bad bouncing puck from Kyle Quincey’s skate, which was possessed then by Nick Foligno who put up their 3rd of the game.
Third period didn’t improve at all. Highlight of the period was Justin Abdelkader’s mad-rush and crash of the net. Power play didn’t show up to score, and the offense generated very few scoring chances. Jonas Gustavsson, while spending a lot of the period on his butt on the ice, kept the period scoreless for Columbus after letting in 3 through the game.
Nothing went the right way for the Wings today. The bounces were bad, a lot of the penalties were bad, and the turnovers were horrendous. You just can’t win games like this.
The Good: Not much. The Wings’ red jerseys look real nice on the white of the ice, so I guess there’s that.
The Bad: Turnovers. I can’t count how many times I’ve said it now, but turnovers will spell their demise this season if they don’t fix it.
The Ugly: Just about everything, honestly.
The Red Wings come back to the Joe tomorrow for a rematch against the Blue Jackets at 5 o’clock. Time to put it behind us and move on.