Red Wings fall in glorious, epic proportion, 5-2 to the Calgary Flames. I’ll just make this quick and painless.
The first period was all Red Wings. They dominated in shots and also in scoring chances. Niklas Kronwall opened the scoring the Wings only 3:20 into the game, sniping a slapshot from the far wing over Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder. Pavel Datsyuk got the assist on Kronwall’s 4th of the season. The Flames would answer at 5:55 on a power play goal by Alex Tanguay, from a penalty to Brendan Smith for cross-checking, and with a hand from a defensive breakdown on the Wing’s part. The Flames then got their second goal in a very unfortunate fashion. Jay Bouwmeester centered the puck in front of the Wings’ net from a save by Jonas Gustavsson, and the rebound deflected off Jakub Kindl’s skate and into the net.
The Wings continued their offensive dominance in the second period without hesitation. They edged the Flames in shots by almost double and continued generating scoring chances, though they were not converted on. The story of the night came at 16:39 of the period, as Valtteri Filppula netted his 5th of the season off a rebounded shot from Kyle Quincey, and wristed the Red Wing’s first road power play goal of the season. Gustav Nyquist also got the assist. They entered the locker room tied in goals, but very lopsided in shots on net.
The third period is where everything fell apart. Though the Wings dominated in shots still, the defense and Gustavsson’s goaltending just couldn’t pick up the slack. Lee Stempniak took advantage of a defensive breakdown and scored at 5:37 of the period. Curtis Glencross then scored on a turnover by Filppula at 9:12, putting them up by 2. 48 seconds later, on a turnover in the neutral zone by Johan Franzen, Blake Comeau put home their 5th of the game, and the final goal of the night.
This was going to be a very enthusiastic, jubilant recap highlighting the fact that they FINALLY got their first road power play goal. But of course they found a way to screw it all up.
The Good: Obvious. The power play finally scored on the road. And it was by Filppula on his first game back in weeks. Always a good sign.
The Bad: Terrible, terrible defensive breakdowns. You can’t cluster around the opponent with the puck. You HAVE to stay in position, or you end up with empty netted goals against. These are the basics, people.
The Ugly: Pretty much everything else. Turnovers sunk them tonight. And they will continue to as long as they let it happen.
The Red Wings get a night off before heading to Edmonton on Friday to play the Oilers.