Wings Score Five Goals in One Game!
Yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings scored five goals in a game, the first time it's happened in a while. Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice, Nik Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen also scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots in a 5-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks.
Detroit finally snapped their six game losing streak by peppering Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis with 50 shots, a season high for the Wings. Franzen finally had a shot on goal, registering six for the night and finishing off a broken play by Ian White with Dan Ellis way out of position into an empty net.
The Red Wings dominated the Ducks from the start, and didn't give them much opportunity to do anything offensively, making for an easy night for Howard (although he has a few very nice stops).
While I am relieved that they finally have a win, it doesn't mean that much in my books. The reason is that Anaheim isn't a good team. They have Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne, Cory Perry and Hiller, but that's only one line. They have a lack of depth and it was apparent yesterday when the likes of Dan Cleary is flying around beating defenceman with his "speed."
Hiller played a decent game, but he had no support at all. He was pulled after Franzen's goal made it 5-0 midway through the third period. Lidstrom scored on two of his patented slapshots from the point, and Kronwall followed suit with a clapper of his own. Zetterberg cycled into the slot for an easy tally far side on Hiller.
Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves missed the game with an illness and injury, respectively. Cory Emmerton was back in the lineup and had some jump, while Fabian Brunnstrom was called up from Grand Rapids to play his second game as a Red Wing. He picked up his first point in Detroit off one of Lidstrom's goals.
Even though a 5-0 win is impressive no matter who you face (except Columbus), there are still reasons for concern in Hockeytown. Valterri Filppula needs to start showing some flair and put up points. He wasn't brought it to play like a third line player, he's supposed to be Zetterberg's clone; apparently he isn't. Todd Bertuzzi, while he didn't play, has to stop taking penalties at will and start producing. Dan Cleary finally looked like he had some skating in his yesterday, but he needs to start producing. If you see the word 'producing' a lot, it's like that with everyone.
My glaring question is what in the name of a mother duck is wrong with Pavel Datsyuk. He looks fatigued/hurt/weak. He's making dumb plays I've never seen him make in his career. He's getting knocked off the puck too easily and seems to fall down a lot. It's a concern, but knowing what he's done for this team in the past, he gets the benefit of the doubt.
Detroit will face the Avalanche on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.