Red Wings Finish California Trip with 2-0-1 Record
The trip through California started with an exciting win on Tuesday over San Jose. Then there was the dominant game from Jimmy Howard for a 4-0 win on Friday over the Ducks. It ended with an OT loss to LA last night. All in all it was a successful trip. The Wings got 5 out of a possible 6 points. They are on a five game point streak and they still remain atop the Central Division and the Western Conference.
Friday's game was all about Jimmy Howard. He faced 41 shots and stopped all of them. It was his second shutout of the season (the first was also a 4-0 shutout over the Ducks.)
Jimmy Howard was the big reason for the win, but 4 goals is usually enough to win hockey games and Detroit hit that magic number with goals from Franzen, Holmstrom, Cleary, and Filppula. It's great to score that many goals and not have Zetterberg or Datsyuk score any of them. It shows furthermore just how much depth this Red Wings team has. And how much more can you really say about Cleary? I guess we can't act shocked and amazed anymore. It's expected that you find his name on the boxscore for a Red Wings game.
Last night the Wings hit a bit of a speed bump in the road. Things were looking good early as Jonathan Ericsson scored the only goal of the first period. But the Kings would come back twice in the second period. Justin Williams scored 24 seconds into the second period, but Bertuzzi scored less than a minute later to get the lead back. Unfortunately the Kings would come back again in the second period to tie the game thanks to Alec Martinez.
That was the story of the game. The Wings could not put the Kings away. They outshot the Kings and didn't necessarily play bad hockey, but they lacked finish. Neither team got on the board in third period. And it took up until 4:04 into OT for the Kings to win it. Anze Kopitar fired a pretty sweet wrist shot past Chris Osgood.
Chris Osgood played in his first game after missing the past 13 due to a groin injury. He was looked pretty good for just getting back into it.
There's not much time for the Wings to rest. They will be back on the ice at the Joe tomorrow night to face-off against the San Jose Sharks yet again.