Detroit Red Wings Lose Out On Crucial Points, 4-3 to NJ


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The Detroit Red Wings lose out on a crucial two points, as they drop a disappointing game 4-3 to the New Jersey Devils.

Though both teams were quick out of the gate for the first period, it would be an untimely turnover that led to the Devils’ first goal. Just 27 seconds into the game, Adam Henrique took control of a turnover in front of Jimmy Howard and buried it to take the early 1-0 lead. Detroit would fight back though, halfway through the period at 11:26 on the power play, when Johan Franzen made a great moving coming out of the corner with the puck, and quickly released it over Martin Brodeur and in to tie the game 1-1. Shots through one period ended at 8-7 in favor of New Jersey.

The second period was a much, much harder fought effort by the Red Wings. They would put another on the board at 7:03, when Justin Abdelkader made a good pass from his knees to a streaking Brendan Smith through the slot, who buried the wrister to take the 2-1 lead, his first goal in 20 games. The rest of the period was a good defensive effort by the Wings, holding the Devils away from their net and muddling up the neutral zone. Shots through two periods ended at 19-15 in favor of Detroit.

After such a great first two periods by Detroit, the third was where in unquestionably all fell apart. Just 41 seconds into the period, Marek Zidlicky let a shot off from the point that Howard caught. But in a scramble in front of him, Jonathan Ericsson managed to get his stick up and knock the puck out of Howard’s glove and over him, allowing it to slide into the goal, tying the game 2-2. They would strike again at 6:30, when Howard made an initial save off of Jaromir Jagr. The rebound went to a flying Travis Zajac, who backhanded it over a sprawled Howard for the 3-2 lead. Detroit fought back again though, at 9:43 on the power play, when Gustav Nyquist fed a pass to Franzen in the slot, who fired the puck on net with Todd Bertuzzi screening. The puck grazed Bertuzzi on the way and past Brodeur for the 3-3 tie. The dagger came at 19:23, when a shot let off from the point by New Jersey was tipped in front of the net by Stephen Gionta and up into the top corner to take the 4-3 lead with just 37 seconds left in the game. The Red Wings would attempt the 6-on-5, but came up short, and the final score stood. Final shot totals were 29-23 in favor of the Devils.

This was a disheartening loss. Not only in the sense that the two points were so crucial to us in the standings, but also from the standpoint that they DID play a solid game. They were fast from the start, and although their play tapered down towards the end as the Devils built momentum, they never stopped fighting. Some costly turnovers and bad breaks caused them to shoot themselves in the foot in this one. Hopefully it’s a better result next game, which is Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche on Nick Lidstrom jersey retirement night. See you then, Nation.

-Nathan Webb



  1. Im not a huge Howard advocate but really only one of those was questionable on his part. The others were giveaways and bad defense. Then that last one was just a great tip and no chance for the goalie. It shouldn't of even been in our zone.

  2. Hurt bad. Tied with a minute to go and you blow it. I seen it coming though, we never control the puck late and it causes us to lose games/leads late way too much. We need another defenseman before the deadline, Big E and Quincey cost is BIG time today. Can't put it on Jimmy.

  3. Step 1: Watch game.
    Step 2: Spout your opinion.
    Gotta get the order correct or you just look ignorant. -NW

  4. 36 seconds left in the 3rd,would of secured 1 point.Our D in that 3rd period just stunk,turnover after turnover,just brutal.

  5. Of the 4 GA maybe 1 was on him. Can't expect him to stop a 8 ft tip or after his D turns it over leaving him alone.

  6. This hurt really bad. Wings looked pretty good but the devils capitalized on the opportunities they were given. Sucks but they've got to move on to the next game. LGRW!!!!!

  7. This team isn't consistent enough to make the playoffs. Holland won't even bother to make a move tomorrow which will seal their fate

  8. We will never win a cup with Howard if the last 4 years havent been proof of that ur blind bye bye Howard

  9. Craig don't be a fool. Until you play the position I suggest you sit down and stick to what you know... Whatever that may be.

  10. Yes, I forgot, he needs to work on his powers of telekinesis and foresight, so that he can mentally stop those tipped/redirected puck that are not humanly possible stop without divine intervention, or to be able to see into the future to know when a teammate is going to turn the puck over in front of him so he can be in the exact position he needs to be in to make the split-second stop. Makes total sense dude. Open your eyes and watch every player instead of just ragging on the goalie whenever we lose. -NW

  11. Mary, might wanna read alllll the other comments before agreeing with the one person on here who doesn't know what he's talking about.

  12. Chris I do play goalie I am also not a pro dumbass the point is morons all the goalies that have won us cups Vernon hasek Ozzie bailed there d men and team out with tipped saves off turnovers etc Howard dosent have talent like those guys ur blind I can't help it u guys are blowing off Jimmy no pun intended morons

  13. All of you ragging on Howard are probably the same people who are going to bash Holland when he doesn't do anything tomorrow at the deadline.

  14. All good goalies bail there teams out don't care what league not Howard never has never will

  15. Seriously, why would the Wings trade prospects or picks just to get 8th in the conference and have to play Boston or Pittsburgh in round 1. It makes no sense.

  16. Lol Ok, Craig. There's a better chance of me motorboating Kate Upton tomorrow than Jimmy Howard getting traded.

  17. By your logic Craig Ruimveld, why aren't you arguing that the entire defense be shipped out? It's their job to keep pucks from getting to the net in the first place.

  18. Well bottom line is as long as Howard is our goalie we will never win a cup he has had lidstrom among other good d men in front of him guess what same result every year open ur eyes guys

  19. Wait a second..You mean good defense helps wins game?! Please share more of your wisdom with us... -___-

  20. Craig, I don't know which of those comments to reply to first. That was a serious overload of stupidity and I am now dumber for reading them.

  21. Let me write in crayon so u understand Howard has had good d in front of him all elite goalies bail there team out not him cause he isn't elite yea he has heart but no talent at least not championship talent u get it or do I need to go slower idiots

  22. Very good Einstein. And there's not a goalie anywhere that never lets in a goal. Are you trying hard to look stupid or is it natural?

  23. Again with the atrocious writing and having the balls to call anyone else an idiot. lol

  24. Yup cause everyone is on the Howard band wagon why?????he hasn't done nothing special I'm been a red wing fan all my life we expect cups cause were hockeytown he has been part of our organization for awhile now did terrible in the minors but yet still got called up and hasn't done nothing this is his worst year he is getting hurt more then usual I just think its time I like Howie don't get me wrong I just think his time is up in the d can't blame it all on the d seriously every team is gonna get there shots I promise


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Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical an objective standpoint. (@GetThePuckOut89)