Wings Singing the Blues for 2nd Time This Season.
The Detroit Red Wings lost their second straight game tonight, as they fall to the St. Louis Blues for the second time in two meetings this season.
Johan Franzen, who continues his hot streak, scored yet again tonight, finishing off a nice move and going top shelf shortside on Elliot, which opened the scoring on the powerplay 7:42 into the 2nd. That lead didn't last long, as 1:30 after the Franzen tally Alexander Steen tied the game on the powerplay. The score would remain like that, until 2 goals 2:38 into the third by Backes and Berglund respectively gave the Blues a 3-1 lead, which would prove to be enough. On a bright note however, the slumping Jiri Hudler picked up a late third period goal, giving him three on the year. Perhaps this is the beginning of Hudler's coming out party? Well, we can be optimistic.
Two players who really caught my eye tonight were Darren Helm and Chris Conner. The speedy forwards were doing what we expect them to do. Using their speed, killing penalties, getting to the dirty areas. I'm sure it didn't go unnoticed with the coaching staff.
The rest of the team however, just looked flat. The passes weren't as crisp as we're accustomed to. Our usually fantastic powerplay seemed sluggish, and wasn't gaining the zone like they normally do. That being said, they still managed two powerplay tallies. Also, way too many penalties. True, there was a few weak calls (the Miller "high-stick" comes to mind), yet 9 penalites is still too many to take in this league. Sure enough, St. Louis netted two with the man advantage, and could have easily been more had it not been for the penalty killers.
The Wings will look to snap their mini losing skid come Thursday, when they welcome their familiar foes from the last two playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes, to the Joe.
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