Wings lose in OT; Extend losing streak to 6
It was a frustrating night for the Detroit Red Wings...again.
Ryan Callahan scored the OT winner with a perfect assist from Michael Del Zotto to give the Wings their sixth consecutive loss. So what went wrong?
The Wings showed a poor display of defense tonight, especially in the third period, leaving Callahan with 8 total shots on goal. The Wings also looked very slow in the third, leaving Ty Conklin virtually all by himself in the net.
But that wouldn't phase Conklin too much as he had 32 saves along with .942 save percentage in the game. Safe to say he was the Wings strongest player tonight.
The Wings were scored on in their first penalty kill attempt, but the remaining two were successful. That's a story the Wings haven't been able to tell as of late.
Detroit also looked very well on the faceoffs, where they dominated with 37 out of 54 won. The team wasn't able to capitalize on getting the puck though. New York's defense left very little room for the Wings to set up plays. Even with some great looks, the Wings still weren't able to attack Lundqvist, who made 26 saves tonight.
One of the more disappointing plays of the night was a spoiled scoring attempt by Gustav Nyquist, who failed to pass to Filppula on an odd man rush.
The Wings can at least be happy about getting a point in the standings for making it to OT, and they should definitely have some renewed faith in Conklin, who had no help on defense. It says a lot when Datsyuk has a poor game and the back up goalie doesn't.
Babcock will definitely want to hound the guys about their defense effort, but he may also praise them for staying motivated to crack the Rangers' defense. But another loss on the road is only going to hurt this team down the stretch.
Lidstrom, Helm, Franzen, Howard and Ericsson...your team needs you.