The Detroit Red Wings put up a rather slow performance, dropping the first meeting of the season against the St. Louis Blues 4-1.
Both teams got fairly good starts coming out into the first period. It would be St. Louis that struck first, at 11:13, when Magnus Paajarvi put a put towards the front of the Red Wings’ net from behind it, managing to bounce the puck off the back of Jimmy Howard’s leg and in for the first goal of the game. Red Wings responded in the closing moments of the period on a power play. At 19:33, Gustav Nyquist took a rebound in the lower slot in front of Jaroslav Halak, and patiently waited him out until he was sprawled on the ice, and got the puck underneath the scrum of players and into the net to make it a 1-1 tied game leaving the first. Shots were an astounding 18-7 in favor of the Blues.
St. Louis would take control of the game early heading into the second period. Just 1:01 into the period, on a 4-on-4, Barret Jackman put a shot on goal from the point through five players that managed to hit Riley Sheahan on its way to the net and deflect past Howard to make it 2-1 early. They’d strike again at 2:21, when Kevin Shattenkirk put a shot through from the blue line with David Backes screening Howard, and beat him on the short-side to take the commanding 3-1 lead. It would remain that way, even after Petr Mrazek took over for Howard halfway through the period, as he was ailed by a lower-body injury. Shots through two periods ended at 30-13 in favor of St. Louis.
The third period didn’t go any better for Detroit. The only mustered offense in the period would be scored by the Blues, at 2:14, when Jay Bouwmeester put on a shot from the point that missed Mrazek’s glove, but bounced off the back of Sheahan’s leg and into the net to make the final 4-1 score. Shots through the game tallied at 39-23 for St. Louis.
This was a painful loss, merely for the fact that they looked so defeated after the 2 Blues’ goals in the second period. We need start getting healthy players back quickly, and stop losing them. Next game is Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.