Detroit Wins Second in a Row Vs Vancouver

The Detroit Red Wings have won the last two games in a row, which is hopefully an indication of more winning games to come. The Wings beat the Canucks in a late night game last night.

The beginning of the game heightened some worries for Detroit. Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows scored off of a beautiful pass from Daniel Sedin only six seconds into the game. It took Detroit six minutes to tie it up. Pavel Datsyuk traveled down the right side of the arena. When he reached the end, Pav dropped back and sent the puck to the front of the net. Justin Abdelkader was in front of the net, which allowed the puck to deflect off of him and into the net. Even though Detroit ended the period tied 1 to 1 against the Canucks, Vancouver dominated shots on goal with a whopping 16 to 6.

The second period was slow, but filled with penalties. Five penalties, three going to Vancouver, all occurred in the second. The only goal was on the power play by Henrik Zetterberg. Another great feed from Pavel Datsyuk resulted in a goal for the Wings, putting them up 2 to 1 over the Canucks after forty minutes of play. Detroit lead shots on goal 11 to 9 in the second.

A busy third period for the Wings resulted in a victory. After the Sedins almost scored, Henrik Zetterberg put his second goal on the board. His beautiful slap shot sent another to the back of the net, allowing Detroit to lead 3 to 1. Only a couple minutes after, Danny Cleary managed to score a goal. Damien Brunner carried the puck beautifully down center ice and passed it over to Andersson, who sent the puck over to Cleary. The next goal would be a second from Justin Abdelkader. The goal was sent to review as it appeared to not enter the net. Upon further review, the puck had crossed the blue line and Detroit was given the goal. The last goal was another from Alexandre Burrows within the last three minutes of the game. Even though Vancouver lead shots on goal in the third period, Detroit won with a 5 to 2 lead over Vancouver and stole a much needed two points.

Detroit's stats did not match the scoreboard. Vancouver ended the game with nine more shots on goal than the Wings. However, Detroit carried through with a win. Hey, we aren't complaining! It would be great to see a different kind of streak come from the Wings.

Howard had a save percentage of 94%, which is beautiful compared to Luongo's 81%. After Jimmy Howard was called upon to play better, it appears he listened because he has definitely stepped it up in the last couple games. It was nice to see a good team effort from the Wings. Howard was playing well. It also seemed that many were helping to make plays and obtain scoring chances. What do you think contributed to this win? What do the Wings need to do to continue the streak?

The Red Wings have a much needed three days off. We will start back up on Wednesday, March 20th where we will verse the Minnesota Wild here in Hockeytown at 7:30pm. Follow our Twitter for live discussion of the game and like our Facebook for more Wings coverage!


Brad Butland's picture

When the defense calms down and sticks to the plan, it gives our forwards more opportunity to play as forwards. Guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg CAN play 2-way hockey, but if they have to spend more of the game covering for defensive miscues in their own end, it makes it impossible for them to generate good offensive flow. When the miscues don't happen, you see things like we've seen over the last two games with Datsyuk orchestrating offense all game long and creating a multitude of scoring chances. We're not going to be an offensive juggernaut this year, it is a fact we need to accept, but if we can shore up the defensive side of things, primarily with our D-men, the Wings have more than enough talent to win hockey games consistently and keep the streak of playoff appearances going.