The Detroit Red Wings put up another effort and outshoot the Jets sorely, but ultimately fall 3-2 in the shootout.
The Red Wings came out into the first period with a very slow, sloppy start, as has been the norm for them heading back even into last season. A few untimely mistakes led to a couple of good looks for the Jets, but Jimmy Howard stood tall and kept them in it. Winnipeg managed to open the scoring again, at 7:10 they came into the zone with a 3-on-2 rush. Bryan Little took a pass across the slot and one-timed a quick shot past Howard to make it 1-0 Jets. The Wings would answer, though, and finally give themselves another power play marker. At 14:44, Henrik Zetterberg threaded a beautiful pass across the slot through all 4 Jets players to a waiting Pavel Datsyuk, who hesitated a moment to settle his shot and then let off a rocket of a wrist shot that beat Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game 1-1. The Red Wings dominated in shots through one period, leading the Jets 16-8.
The second period was a deadlocked battle of defense from both sides, and a lot of chippy north-south play. A few good looks for the Red Wings that failed to be converted on, but they did a very good job of neutralizing the Jets’ chances in their zone and keeping the play deep by Pavelec. The Red Wings got out of two periods leading in shots 26-17.
The third period was a lot of the same type of play from the second. Winnipeg would take the lead for the second time in the game, halfway through the period at 10:47, when Zach Bogosian took the puck in on Howard, faked a shot to pull him out of the net, and then threw it past him into the open net to take a 2-1 lead. The Wings would respond quickly, as at the end of a 5-on-3 at 13:11, in a scramble in front of the net where Johan Franzen put the puck on Pavelec, Datsyuk swooped in last second and poked the puck into the net between the post and Pavelec’s skate. No more goals would be scored through the period, and would force the game to OT for the 3rd straight game for the Red Wings. But again, a lack of scoring for either side forced the game to a shootout. Shots through regulation and OT were 43-21 in favor of Detroit.
Datsyuk started for the Wings but sent the puck wide of the net. Devin Setoguchi went first for the Jets and scored on Howard with a bullet wrist shot past Howard’s arm. Daniel Alfredsson took the 2nd Wings shot, and scored over Pavelec’s glove to keep the Wings alive. Andrew Ladd shot next for Winnipeg and scored on Howard by putting a wrist shot between his arm and body. It was up to Todd Bertuzzi to keep the game alive, but he’d be denied when Pavelec stick-checked his shot away and the Jets took the game 3-2.
This song and dance is getting old. Some of the highest caliber players in the league and they can’t score more than 2 goals a game. This also puts them to 6 straight home losses, and 11 straight home OT/SO losses. If the offense from the secondary scoring doesn’t pick up soon, this skid could get very, very serious. The next game is Friday night against the Washington Capitals. See you then, Nation.