Winning Streak Finally Comes to a Halt Against Montréal
Detroit’s winning streak ends at 7 tonight when the Wings fall short in a 7 to 2 loss against the Montréal Canadiens. Was it because the Wings were lacking their trusty captain Nicklas Lidstrӧm? You decide.
First Period: It took about five minutes for a point to get on the scoreboard and that point was not a Red Wings point as hoped for. Montréal had the first point with a goal by Bourque. Five minutes later, Emelin scores his first goal and gives Montréal a 2 to 0 lead over the Wings. Within the last ten minutes of the first period, Montréal’s Desharnais and Plekanec both scored. Detroit had a couple power play chances, but could not capitalize. Montréal left the first period with a 4 to 0 lead over the Wings. SOG: 12 Montréal vs 6 Detroit.
Second Period: The second period started with a new Wing in net for Detroit, Conklin. Conklin replaced Howard, but that did not seem to help Detroit enough. Within the first two minutes, Pacioretty gave Montréal their fifth goal. Less than three minutes later, Deharnais scored his second goal of the night on the power play for the Ericsson tripping penalty. The Canadiens were up 6 to 0. Detroit had another power play 6 minutes into the second that they could not capitalize on. The second period ended with a 6 to 0 lead for Montréal. SOG: 18 Detroit vs 17 Montréal.
Third Period: It took 40 minutes and 21 seconds, but the Wings finally got on the scoreboard. Hudler scored after 21 seconds of play in the third, making it 6 to 1. Only six minutes later, Hudler scored his second goal of the night. Due to some more sloppy playing by Detroit, Cole scored for Montreal with a little over a minute left of the third. The game ended at 7 to 2, Montréal winning. SOG: 27 Detroit vs 25 Montréal.
The first period was just sloppy for the Wings and they were not focused at all. Detroit missed passes, had too many turnovers, gave Montréal too many easy chances, and many more mistakes. Even the rock solid Jimmy Howard had a rough first 20 minutes, which is why Conklin replaced him in the second.
The Wings did not get much better in the second period. While they had more shots on goal, they were still too sloppy and had no defensive help. It was apparent Babcock was irritated with his team and rightfully so. Even though Hudler scored two towards the beginning of the third, the third period still was not good for the Wings. I am sure the Wings left Montreal with their heads hanging low, wishing their captain was there to battle the Canadiens with them.
What do you think caused the Wings to lose 7 to 2? Was it the players, Howard's beginning performace, or the dedicated Wings captain being out sick?