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Red Wings’ effort nowhere to be seen, get dominated by Penguins 7-2

RED WINGS vs. PENGUINS
23 SOG 41
1/2 POWER PLAY 2/5
28 HITS 15
34 FACE-OFF WINS 31
10 BLOCKED SHOTS 5
12 GIVEAWAYS 7

1st Period

Pittsburgh had good tempo to start the contest. Produced some good forechecking and got a couple scoring chances early on Petr Mrazek. Gustav Nyquist got a great opportunity in front of the net as his first initial shot got blocked, but a rebound soon followed. Don’t know why there wasn’t a hooking call as Nyquist looked to bury the rebound, but that is what it is. Some pretty intense, playoff-like moments happened early as some face rubs and big hits were dished out from both teams. Detroit struck first on the scoreboard. Andreas Athanasiou came off the bench like he was shot out of a cannon and got a pass from Brad Richards and buried the first goal for the Wings. Danny DeKeyser and Patric Hornqvist got assessed offsetting minors and both headed to the box. No damage done by either team during 4-on-4 play. Carl Hagelin headed to the box for hooking and sent the Wings to their first power play of the game, but no shots were even produced by the Wings on it. Pittsburgh would have two ensuing scoring chances, but Mrazek was there to make both saves, the second one being off a rebound attempt.

2nd Period

Twenty seconds into the second, Pittsburgh put a shot off the ping pong-like boards at the Joe. Chris Kunitz would capitalize on that and put the puck in right off Mrazek’s hind end to tie the game at one apiece. Pavel Datsyuk headed to the box for hooking. Kris Letang took a Phil Kessel pass and put one past Mrazek to put the Penguins up by a goal courtesy of the power play. Hagelin would do some good work behind the Detroit net, come out with the puck and put it on net. The puck grazed Mrazek’s arm and found its way past him to give the Penguins their third unanswered goal. Justin Abdelkader headed off for tripping. The Penguins scored just a few seconds after the power play had expired courtesy of a wicked wrist shot by Kessel. Mrazek was then pulled and Jimmy Howard entered the game for Detroit. Datsyuk headed to the box after a questionable interference call on Kunitz that seemed to shake Kunitz up on the play. No energy from the Wings whatsoever it seemed after the first goal of the second period from the Penguins. The fans booed the good guys off the ice after the conclusion of the second period. Not good at all.

3rd Period

Back and forth action for the first couple minutes. Nick Bonino headed to the box for tripping. Detroit got back within two goals on the man advantage. Mike Green put a shot on net through a crowd and it looked to hit at least two Penguins en route to the back of the net past Marc-Andre Fleury. The comeback attempt was short-lived though, as Pittsburgh added another one on the scoreboard as Eric Fehr pounced on a loose puck in front of Howard. Kessel set up Hagelin for the Penguins’ sixth goal of the game. Jeff Blashill called a timeout after and it didn’t look pretty to say the least. Danny DeKeyser went to the box for interference. The Wings’ penalty kill didn’t let in a seventh goal of the game, thankfully. Abby and Ian Cole were assessed offsetting minors for a little scuffle away from the play. Richards headed to the box for tripping with 10 seconds left in 4-on-4 play. Kessel was involved on yet another Penguins goal as he set up Bonino to give the Pens their seventh goal of the game. Lots of empty seats at the conclusion of the game with cheering from Penguins fans and lots of boos from the Hockeytown faithful. Just a rough game all around for the guys wearing the Winged Wheel and their supporters.

What’s next?

The Wings will wrap up their three game home stand on Monday night against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.

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