The Detroit Red Wings see their short win streak brought to an end, and earn 6 of a possible 8 points in their West-Canada road trip, as they fall to the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
The Red Wings came out in the first period not quite looking like the team that had dominated at least 2 of their previous 3 games. Their zone entry was sloppy and they couldn't seem to complete timely passes. It would cost them late in the period, when the puck jumped over Kyle Quincey’s stick, and his diving play to rectify the situation failed to work. Bryan Little took the puck in the zone all alone on Jimmy Howard and put it down low. Howard got the puck between his pads, but it managed to squeeze through with just enough force to get across the line at the 19:00 mark to make it 1-0 Jets for the period. Shots through one period were 14-9 in favor of Winnipeg.
The Wings regrouped during the intermission and came out in the second period playing fairly more relaxed, though they were still letting too many shots on goal. They finally got on the board at 7:09, as Henrik Zetterberg, from a sharp angle, threw the puck at Jets’ goaltender Al Montoya. It beat him far-side off the post to tie the game 1-1. Assists were credited to Pavel Datsyuk and Kyle Quincey. They’d strike again in short order, and it would be a memorable moment for the goal scorer. At 10:05, shorthanded, the Wings won a faceoff in the Jets’ zone. Stephen Weiss put the puck back for Niklas Kronwall, who passed across to Danny DeKeyser at the center of the point, who then let off a laser of a slapshot on Montoya that beat him off the far left post for his first career NHL goal, and putting the Wings up 2-1. They’d let in another in the closing minutes of the period though, as at 17:04, Michael Frolik came in the Red Wings’ zone on a rush, and took a pass across the slot. He one-timed it past Howard just inside the post to tie the game 2-2. Shots after two periods were 31-19 in favor of the Jets.
The third period didn't go much better for the Wings, as their defense failed to tighten up and keep the pucks off of Howard. The Jets struck again early in the period, as at 4:27, a scrum behind the Red Wing net resulted in a pass to a waiting Matt Halischuk, who one-timed the pass past Howard for a 3-2 Jets lead. It wouldn't end there, though, as halfway through the period, at 10:57, Andrew Ladd took possession of a neutral zone turnover and bought the puck into the Wings’ zone. Howard made the initial save, but in the scramble in front of the net for the loose puck, it was scooped up again by Ladd and thrown past Howard for a 4-2 Jets lead. A last minute power play for the Wings, including a short 6-on-4 opportunity and then 6-on-5 went unconverted on, and the Red Wings saw their 3-game win streak snapped by the Jets by a final score of 4-2.
The only positives I would take at all out of this game, would be DeKeyser’s first goal (finally), and the fact that the PK was flawless in all the penalties they took, whether they were soft or deserved. They also allowed 47 shots through to Howard through the game. He stopped 43 of them. He was definitely owed in this game, and the team couldn't do it for him. Time to get their heads back in the game and take it to the Dallas Stars when they visit Joe Louis on Thursday. See you then, Nation.