Not much really went on in the first period. Lots of back and forth play with a couple decent scoring chances for both teams. Petr Mrazek took a slap shot to the neck area, he was dazed for a bit, but was able to stay between the pipes. Gustav Nyquist went to the box for slashing and the Red Wings would kill off the penalty.
Nick Paul would go to the box for slashing. Justin Abdelkader put a backhand on Craig Anderson that he just seemed to lay down on his side and take the puck off his pads. The Wings created some good scoring chances on the man advantage. Great forechecking by Nyquist and Tomas Tatar forced a Senators turnover, which resulted in a rocket of a shot from Andreas Athanasiou to get the Wings’ first goal of the game. Later, Brendan Smith would take the puck behind the Wings’ net and look to get a play started, but his stick snapped and Ottawa’s Zack Smith took advantage and put one past Petr Mrazek. After, Darren Helm and Kyle Turris both paid a visit to the sin bin and made it 4-on-4 hockey. Brad Richards put the puck on net and it would deflect off Erik Karlsson’s stick and go into his own net for the 2-1 Red Wings lead.
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Some more back and forth action between the two teams yet again, the only glimpse of offense came late in the period as Dion Phaneuf let a shot go that went through traffic and found the back of the net. It was Phaneuf’s first as a Senator since being traded to Ottawa from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Pretty exciting 5 minutes of 3-on-3. Henrik Zetterberg put a backhand shot off the crossbar early. Bobby Ryan got out on a breakaway and looked to give the Senators the win, but Mrazek would make a spectacular save, keeping the score tied at 2.
Bobby Ryan – Miss
Gustav Nyquist – Miss
Kyle Turris – Scored
Brad Richards – Miss
Mika Zibanejad – Miss
Pavel Datsyuk – Miss
The Wings will be right back on the ice this evening as they travel to New York City to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers at 7pm.