Detroit's Defensive Skills Cost Them The Game Against Vancouver

The Detroit Red Wings are beaten for the first time in two games against the Vancouver Cancucks, a 4 to 2 loss.

First Period: The first ten minutes of the period was constant battling for the puck between the Cancucks and the Wings. At 9:36 into the period, Vancouver’s Higgins scored the first goal of the game after a bad give away from the Wings. Only 21 seconds later, Vancouver scored again! Hodgson scored the second goal for the Cancucks. It seemed that the Wings defense was missing for both of the goals. The Wings came back with a goal from Bertuzzi. His goal was assisted by Dastyuk and White. It was only two minutes later, with a little over 4 minutes left in the first, Vancouver’s Burrows scored the Cancucks their third goal of the night. The scoreboard now read 3 to 1. The period ended at a 3 to 1, with the Cancucks leading. Shots on goal: 9 to 8, Vancouver leading.

Second Period: Wings started better in the second period. Within the first couple minutes, the Wings had a couple shots on goal and a great save by Howard with Cleary’s help. However, the two teams battled with no action to report until 16:20 into the period. Miller scored the only goal in the second period, with an assist from Helm and Cleary. That tip in was his fifth goal in the past six games. The period ended on a power play for the Wings, with a score of 3 to 2. Shots on goal: 24 to 21, Wings leading.

Third Period: The Wings started on a power play, but nothing was made of it for the Wings. Only 3 minutes later, Vancouver got another penalty to Kesler for roughing. Kronwall had made a huge hit and Kesler started to fight. On that power play, Vancouver got a shorthanded goal. Hansen had a break away. When he shot the puck, Zetterberg hit Hansen into Howard and then Edler scored on the rebound. The score was now 4 to 2. Howard left the net with 1:50 left in the third. The Cancucks got a penalty for tripping with 49 seconds left in the game. Even with 6 on 4, the Wings could not get the puck in the net. The game ended at a 4 to 2 loss for Wings. Overall shots on goal: 40 for the Wings and 25 for Vancouver.

The first period was literally terrible for the Wings. The defense was almost non-existent. The Wings were not there for rebounds to score and were not there to defend rebounds from Howard. Howard was so mad after that goal in the third period, and he should have been. He has had no help from his team the entire game and then had a player fly into him. As he said after his interview, he is literally just getting sick of getting ran over. Hey defense, sounds like a cry for help!

Many people believed the last goal should have been ruled "no goal" because Howard did not have the chance to play the puck. It definitely was not goalie interference by Vancouver because Zetterberg pushed him, but Howard did not have the chance to play it. What do you think: goal or no goal? What do you think about the Wings playing tonight? What could they could have done differently to win?

The next game for the Wings (21-11-1) is Thursday, December 22nd against the Calgary Flames (15-15-4) at 9:30pm. Let’s hope we can step it up by then. Don’t forget to follow the TCL Red Wings on Facebook and Twitter!

11 Comments

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

I guess I missed a good game! Great recap Rachel welcome to the team!

Rachel Bellono's picture

A good game? I am not sure I would call it that. The Wings had a lot of shots on goal, but the playing was just not their best. I mean, our defense was literally absent. If we would have been there to protect Howard on rebounds, maybe two of the four goals would not have been made. I would really like to see them step it up a notch and be more consistent in their playing styles.

At least if they are going to lose... lose playing really great, you know?

Greg's picture

That seems to be what happens most of the time when Howard is scored on where the defence get caught leaving a opponent in a great scoring position. They really do need to step that part of the game up and shut these forwards down.

Rachel Bellono's picture

Definitely. Way too many constant giveaways and turnovers that the Wings just hand off in this game. I am hoping they will do better tonight.

Rachel Bellono's picture

By the way, thanks for the welcome!

George Prax's picture

Welcome to the team Rachel, good stuff!

Rachel Bellono's picture

Thanks, George. I appreciate that! Smile

Greg's picture

Very well done Rachel. I did not get to see the game so the gave me a good insight as to how it went!

Rachel Bellono's picture

Thanks, Greg! It wasn't a game you would be super upset for missing, not their best... that's for sure. However, it is always good to get caught up on what happened in the games! I hate missing a game, even if it is a bad game.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

That last goal was a definite screw job. The net was off and Howard was interfered with clearly. Refs blew it on that call.

Rachel Bellono's picture

I thought it was pretty silly not to call it. You know if that was a Red Wing falling into the player that the refs would have called it really quick. Did you see how quickly Howard jumped up and skated over to that player? Then, the refs had to push him up against the glass because he wouldn't stop. Never seen him so mad as he was in the post-game interview.