The Detroit Red Wings continue their winning ways, taking down the Ottawa Senators 4-2.
The first period was very uneventful for both sides. Both the Wings and Senators kept play tight in their own zones to somewhat limit shots on goal and scoring chances against, and the Red Wings’ penalty kill went to work early killing off 2 penalties in the period. Shots through one period were tied at 10 per side.
The scoring finally came alive in the second period, for both sides. The Red Wings struck first at 8:22, when Jakub Kindl made a stretch pass up to Johan Franzen to set him away on a 2-on-1. He let off a quick wrist shot on the glove side top-corner on Robin Lehner that found its way through clean to put the Wings up 1-0. They’d strike again in short order, at 11:13, when Tomas Tatar made a brilliant cross-ice pass to a waiting Drew Miller who one-timed the shot past Lehner who didn’t get across in time, making the score 2-0. The Senators wouldn’t take it laying down though, as at 14:14 Clarke MacArthur, who’s been a thorn in the Wings’ side all season, scooped up a loose puck that got lost under Jonas Gustavsson momentarily after a save, and tossed it into the open net to make it 2-1 through the second period. Shots were 24-20 in favor of Ottawa after two.
The Red Wings continued strong play going into the third period, including from Brendan Smith who joined quite a few rushes and made some very smart passes. This was the case at 1:58, when Darren Helm, showing great patience, waited for his teammates to complete a line change in the offensive zone, before making a pass across to Smith, who then got it over to Miller who tapped it into the open side of the net for his 2nd of the night, and giving the Wings their 2nd 2-goal lead of the game. Ottawa would respond late in the period, at 18:39 on a 6-on-5, when a shot from the point through traffic rebounded off a few players on the way, off of Gustavsson, and right to Mike Zibanejad, who snapped the rebound home to make it 3-2 Wings late in the game. Just 18 seconds later, with the Senators’ net empty again, Justin Abdelkader battled along the boards to get the puck free of the Wings’ zone. He managed to get it to center ice, where Daniel Alfredsson took control and threw it from the red line at the open net and buried it to make the final score of 4-2.
Alfredsson finished the game with a goal and an assist. A much better performance by he, and the rest of the team for that matter, to give him a huge lift in a game that had great emotional implications for him and the entire city of Ottawa. Red Wings will meet the Philadelphia Flyers back at the Joe on Wednesday night, riding a 4-game win streak now. See you then, Nation!