Wings Offense Ruins Canucks Night with a High Scoring Win
The Detroit Red Wings were flying high after tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is one of the top ten teams in the league. Even after the beautiful shutout Jimmy had on Saturday night, the game was still expected to be a nail biter. However, our writer, Brad’s hopefulness about Saturday’s game being a portent of things to come was proven in tonight’s high scoring game. The Detroit Red Wings painfully beat the Canucks, winning 8 to 3.
Detroit Red Wings looked like they were having a slow start. Five minutes into the first is when Daniel Sedin put the first goal on the board. Vancouver was outskating the Wings and had one more goal on the scoreboard. However the Wings must have sensed they were slacking, because a couple minutes later the Wings were in the lead. Jordin Tootoo took the puck down the ice and scored a goal off the back side of Keith Ballard, tying the game at 1 to 1. Just over a minute later, Kronwall scored on a delayed penalty. The Wings were in the lead for a couple minutes before Daniel Sedin scored his second goal of the game. The Wings and Canucks were now tied at two. Chris Higgins was quick to take the lead back for Vancouver with a wraparound goal at the end of the period. So, 5 goals in the first 20 minutes and Vancouver was in the lead 3 to 2.
The game was about to turn around quickly. The second period began with a power play goal from Dan Cleary. After multiple promising attempts on the power play from the Wings, Cleary tied the game at 3 to 3. The Wings kept some momentum after Cleary scored and was able to follow it up by two more power play goals from Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner. The Wings only allowed Vancouver to have 3 shots on goal in the second period and ended the second dominating 5 to 3.
The third period had a pretty equal effort, but Detroit just came out on top. Vancouver had 11 shots on goal compared to Detroit’s 10. However, Detroit did not allow Vancouver to score one goal in over 40 minutes of play. After 9 minutes of play, Damien Brunner scored his second goal of the game. Joakim Andersson then scored the next two goals within the last four minutes of the game. The game ended with a whopping 8 to 3 lead for Detroit.
People have been complaining about the Wings power play goals since last season. However, the Wings scored on half of the power plays. Detroit’s offense in the game was just astounding. Is it possible that we are seeing a new team with a decent power play or was these last two games just lucky? Share your thoughts below about this awesome game and what you think we will see for the rest of the season.