Wings Defeated By Lowly Jackets

The lowly Jackets did not look so “lowly” last night in the game they faced against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30PM. The Wings were not able to capitalize the way they did in the game against the Jackets on Monday, March 26th when the Wings won 7 to 2. The final score won't please you that way, I promise. Unless you are a Columbus fan of course.

The Wings made plenty of poor mistakes giving the Jackets the chance to capitalize early in the game and giving them a momentum that the Wings just could not shatter. Goalie Allen York started for the second time this season for the Jackets and was said to be so excited he could not even sleep, which could have added to their momentum because he played amazing. He faced a total of 31 shots on goal during the game and only let in 2 goals from the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg, who has just been on fire, scored on the power play in the first period following two goals that Columbus had made earlier during the period. Vinny Prospal scored after only six minutes of play and Derek Dorsett scored on a back handed shot eight minutes later.

Conklin also faced 31 shots on goal, but obviously was not as successful as Allen York was. Conklin, with the help of his team’s basically absent defense, allowed two more goals in the second period or should I say what was left of the second period. Within the last five minutes, Derick Brassard and RJ Umberger scored. Brassard seemed to be particularly excited about his goal; after scoring on an awesome break, he threw his body up against the glass. Seemed like a bit much, but then again the entire game seemed to be a bit too much embarrassment for the Wings.

The last period was overwhelmed by shots on goal from Detroit, more than the first two periods combined. York stayed strong and only let in one of the eighteen shots the Wings made. Niklas Kronwall scored on the power play. I know two power play goals in one game for the Wings is hard to believe, but it is the actual truth. The Wings could not collect anything more than that and left Columbus with their heads hanging after a 4 to 2 loss.

Not that this game came be blamed entirely on Ty Conklin, however it would be good to see Jimmy Howard back in net. It seems as if he has not been in net in forever, considering he has not been consistent since his finger injury. I say with total confidence that many people, not naming names fellow Checking Line writer Kyle Busch, would like to place total blame of the game on the return of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. However, it seemed that the Wings as a whole just did not play a solid game.

Hopefully the Wings come back for the remaining five games of their season, including the next game on Friday, March 30th against the Predators at 7:30PM. They will have home ice advantage, but will it be enough? Follow TCL Red Wings on Facebook and Twitter for more Wings coverage and to win a free Nicklas Lidstrom jersey.

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