The Detroit Red Wings drop a chippy, angry game to the Ottawa Senators 4-2.
The Red Wings had one thing in mind when puck dropped on tonight’s rematch with the Senators; revenge. They wanted payback for the embarrassment they endured at the hands of Ottawa in their last meeting. They would manage to open the scoring, too, at 13:23 in the waning moments of a power play. Tomas Tatar let off a shot towards the Ottawa net at goaltender Robin Lehner. Darren Helm managed to tip the puck on the way, redirecting it into the net to make it 1-0 Wings. The equalizer would come just 1:10 later, when Clarke MacArthur got a loose puck in front of Jimmy Howard that bounced off Kyle Quincey’s skate. He made the shot that Howard saved, but hammered in his own rebound to make it 1-1. They’d take the lead on an unfortunate play that resulted directly from a Brendan Smith turnover. Chris Neil took control off the turnover and put it on Howard. He saved it, but it would bounce off of Smith and head back into the goal just before Howard could get his stick out to scoop it up. Detroit outshot Ottawa in the first period 17-7.
The second period is where the atmosphere in the game when relatively dark. Smith and Neil went a round roughly halfway through the period. After the fight, both sides got noticeably more chippy with their play. Lots of slashes and overly-finished checks. Helm and Johan Franzen both took slashes to the backs of their knees with no calls on either. The ugly period ended again with Detroit leading in shots 23-18.
The third period was probably the most ugly example of hockey by any team this season. Detroit scored early on the carryover of a 5-on-3 from the previous period. Pavel Datsyuk threw the puck from the bottom of the faceoff circle across the mouth of the goal. It bounced off a defender’s leg on the way and redirected into the net at 1:08 to tie the game 2-2. Ottawa responded at 3:51, when Bobby Ryan took a pas on a 5-on-3 at the bottom of the faceoff circle and one-timed the puck past Howard to take the lead again 3-2. They’d get their insurance goal on another power play, this time a very bad call on Niklas Kronwall that should have been coinciding interference minors. At 15:58, Howard save a blast from the point and let off a quick rebound that was stuffed 5-hole into the net by MacArthur for his second of the night, to make the final score of 4-2. Shots overall were 36-29 for Detroit.
A terribly officiated game. I try really hard not to be the guy pointing at the TV and complaining that a game got robbed from us by officiating, but there’s no question with this one. Granted we were given a few soft calls, there were far more missed or called against us that very clearly shouldn’t have been, and it was pathetic. I mean come on, Datsyuk takes the full brunt of an elbow to the jaw and no call whatsoever? Next game is tomorrow afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres when they’ll “unveil” the third jerseys that everyone already knows the appearance of. See you then, Nation.