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Detroit Red Wings Gain a Deserved 2-1 Loss to Panthers

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The Detroit Red Wings earn every bit of a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

The first period was a rather uneventful one, but it would prove meaningful for one player in particular. At 4:06, Justin Abdelkader took the puck into the zone, fought his way to the net and let off a shot on goaltender Tim Thomas. The rebound found its way to a speeding Dan Cleary, who potted the easy rebound to make it 1-0 Wings early, and his first goal in 24 games. Shots through one period were tied at 9 per side.

The Panthers would answer early in the second. At 2:59, on a very questionable non-whistle by the official, Jonas Gustavsson took a shot which fell down to his pads and got covered under his leg. Jimmy Hayes made his way to the net and jammed at Gustavsson’s pad, knocking the puck loose and into the net to tie the game 1-1. The Red Wings got sorely outshot in the second, as shots through two periods were 26-14 in favor of Florida.

The third period proved to be the dagger for Detroit. At 3:29, Jonathan Huberdeau took a pass right in front of Gustavsson, completely undefended. He put the puck on his backhand and flicked it past Gustavsson to take the lead 2-1.  Unconverted power play chances and a late icing would see the score finish the same, as shots through the game ended up 37-23.

They earned every ounce of this loss. Lazy passes, slow skating, not fighting to the net, lazy power plays and unconverted chances doomed them. They may be missing three of their better forwards, but that’s absolutely no excuse for playing the way they did tonight. You absolutely can not doom yourself to go through the motions because you’re missing players, and you’re tired. Unacceptable. Next game is, again, against the Florida Panthers, this time in Florida, on Tuesday night. See you then, Nation.

-Nathan Webb


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  1. They’ll be alright. They just need to play the rest of the season on the road. Does the big house count as a road game?

  2. Believe me, there were a lot more colorful words running through my mind, but we keep this a family affair.

  3. They missed the “Magic Man” and his bag of tricks, thankfully Datsyuk will be back on Tuesday.

  4. ^^I think hockey used to push this guy’s face in white dog poo and take his lunch money when he was younger. Because he sure does make a concerted effort to let everyone know how much he dislikes it on almost every post about it. -NW

  5. I still think this team is ready for a new coach we need a spark in this line up and babcrouch has to many excuses for this team and if you don’t skate 60 minutes you will lose most nights we are lucky to be where we are in the standings thank god we are not still in the western conference we would be getting killed much better teams just saying

  6. It’s unbelievable how bad the Wings have played at the Joe so far this season. I’m sure it’s driving Mike Babcock crazy.

  7. Blood an Guts die hard Wings Fan forever…The Red Wings make me proud to tell people ” I’m from Detroit”

  8. I propose to the NHL the Wings play 60 games on the road and 22 at home !!…they cant seem to play hard at home …:(

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