The Detroit Red Wings see their losing streak extended in a horrible, mind-boggling fashion, as they fall to the Ottawa Senators 6-1.
For yet another opening, the Red Wings came out into the first period skating like they had cement blocks tied to their legs. Passes weren’t clean, their positioning was off and they ended up doing more harm to themselves than the Senators. Ottawa struck first at 5:46, when Eric Gryba took a pass in the slot in front of Jimmy Howard when all five Wings players found themselves out of positing and looking for the puck around the net. He shot it through traffic and it found its way past a screened Howard to make it 1-0. They’d do it again halfway through the period, on the power play. At 10:48, Jason Spezza faked a few shots at the faceoff circle, then let a shot through traffic that hit Brian Lashoff on the way to the net and past Howard to make it 2-0. Shortly after, at 14:14, new-Senator Bobby Ryan took the puck on another power play shortly after the faceoff, and wristed it top-corner on Howard through minimal traffic to make it 3-0, and chased Howard out of the net, giving Jonas Gustavsson a chance to play. The Red Wings would successfully strike back before the end of the period, as at 16:14, Todd Bertuzzi took the puck from Henrik Zetterberg behind Craig Anderson and quickly wrapped it around and stuffed it through 5-hole before Anderson knew what happened, cutting the lead to 3-1. Red Wings led the period in shots, 12-9.
The second period wasn’t much better than the first, as the Wings were held off the board by lack-luster pressure on their own end, and great goaltending from Anderson. The Senators would also add to their lead, as at 5:12, Spezza put the puck wide of the net off the boards, took his own rebound and quickly put it past Gustavsson to make it 4-1 Senators. Play didn’t improve through the period for the Red Wings, and that would be the final score after 40 minutes of play, though they led in shots 25-21.
The game didn’t improve whatsoever in the third. If anything it got even worse. Ottawa extended their lead right out of the gate, at 1:50. Jared Cowen threw a shot from the point to the goal, but Gustavsson was screened by four players, and it also possibly deflected off a player on the way, and found its way into the net to make it 5-1 Senators. They’d add to it again in short order, as at 6:13 Bobby Ryan took a rebound off of a shot saved by Gustavsson and put it into the open net to extend the gracious lead to 6-1. That would end up being the final score.
This was a terrible game. Completely unacceptable play, defensively and positioning-wise. If it weren’t for that Bertuzzi wrap-around goal, they’d have been shut out for a second straight game. They need to do some serious work in practice and get it back together for the next game.
The next match will be an Original Six matchup on Saturday against the New York Rangers.