Detroit Sweeps The Weekend Vs Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings sweeps the weekend, beating Anaheim both Friday and today. Detroit played a successful weekend on the road, which felt much like a home game. It was refreshing to hear "Let's go Red Wings" all the way in Cali. With the support from the fans as well as some solid goaltending, Detroit is happy to hand Anaheim two regulation losses.
After Detroit's win on Friday, Babcock called for a stronger start and a full 60 minutes of play. Boy, did he get his wish. Detroit had an exciting start to the game. The Wings scored all of their goals within the first nine minutes of the game. Two minutes into the game, Anaheim was sent to the box for a tripping penalty. On the power play, Jakub Kindl sent a shot to the net and Danny Cleary redirected the puck into the net. Jordin Tootoo and Matt Beleskey riled up the arena with a good fight that sent them both to the box. The second goal was a full strength goal from Drew Miller, his fourth goal of the season. Drew Miller's tip-in would allow Detroit to have a 2 to 0 lead through the first peroid.
Within the last minute of the second period, Anaheim scored their lone goal. Ryan Getzlaf put one on the board during Anaheim's power play. The Ducks lead shots on goal through the first forty minutes, 22 to 16. Regardless of their lead in shots on goal, Detroit still was in the lead.
The third period was scoreless, but had some classy playing from Anaheim in the last minute of the game. Getzlaf, Selanne and Perry all received game misconducts. With a scoreless period, Detroit dominated 2 to 1. It would have been nice to see some pick up in the third, but we aren't complaining about Detroit's safe playing. The Wings landed a much needed two points and another regulation win against the Ducks. We really need to give thanks to goaltender Jimmy Howard for another great performance. With 34 shots on goal from Anaheim compared to Detroit's 21, Jimmy was the star of the game. He had a 97 save percentage in tonight's game and a 94 save percentage in Friday's game.
We are also getting some production from other players than just Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, which is helping Wings to land these wins. We hope to keep the consistency in tomorrow's game against Phoenix at 10:00PM where Jonas Gustavsson will start, giving our star Jimmy Howard a much deserved night off. Do you think Detroit will continue the winning streak without Howard?