Streak Over; Why It's a Good Thing
The Vancouver Canucks came into the Joe Louis Arena and snapped the Detroit Red Wings' 23 game home winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win. The Red Wings were outshot 45-36 and the only reason the game was that close was Jimmy Howard's play in net.
Darren Helm opened the scoring with a flutterball shot that beat Roberto Luongo, and Detroit escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead after being peppered in shots, 17-5. Helm ended the game with a goal and two assists.
The Sedin twins hooked up in the second to tie the score at one, with Daniel poking in a rebound.
The Red Wings took the lead in the third when newly acquired defenceman Kyle Quincey (who wore number 27) joined the rush twice and buried a snap shot over Luongo's blocker. Quincey had four penalty minutes in the game and was mixing it up and playing tough, something Jakub Kindl had been lacking. Clearly Quincey has developed from his time with Los Angeles and Colorado.
The Canucks did not go away as Cody Hodgson scored from the boards on a deflection off a Red Wings' skate and past Howard. Twenty seconds later, the Joe erupted again as Justin Abdelkader jammed in a rebound from Helm, who seconds earlier hit the post.
Everything looked like the Wings might get to that 24 game mark. With Luongo pulled, the Canucks did what most teams do against the Wings; score in the final minute and piss the hell out of the fans in the arena. A collective "are you kidding me" went up as Daiel Sedin deflected his brother's point shot with 16 seconds left.
Without Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup, the Wings looked pedestrian in the shootout, as Todd Bertuzzi, Jiri Hudler and Henrik Zetterberg all missed and Alex Burrows scored the game winner on a backhand.
So, the streak is over. The good news is: this is actually good news! That's right, today I'm in a glass half full sort of mood and here's why.
23 straight home wins is impressive. Not one fan from another team can chirp the Wings losing last night, because their team never did it, did they? So while you can be proud of the home success the Red Wings have, this loss provides a little adversity now. In losing at home, it forces them to win on the road.
Picture if the Wings finish first in the West and went undefeated at home the rest of the way. They'd be expected to win the first two games at the Joe for sure, and against an eighth seed, too, who are charging into the playoffs with a full head of steam and the Wings will probably coast in comfortably. A little adversity is a good thing.
Detroit got a point out of the loss last night, so you can still say, "No regulation losses at home in 24 straight games."
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