Despite my actions and enthusiasm in my video post before this post, it was not enough, nor were the Red Wings enough, to match the skill and urgency of the wild Minnesota Wild team.
After playing a pretty good 3-game road trip in Western Canada, going 2-1, the Detroit Red Wings had a couple of days off to rest up, get back to neutral and focus for last night’s game. However, Minnesota put the puck in the back of the net - plain and simple. Detroit managed to pepper the Wild’s goalie Niklas Backstrom in the first, with shots being 18-5, and overall being 38-19.
The Finnish goaltender was solid all night though. He came to play and gave the Wild a chance to win throughout the entire game. Devin Setoguchi (2), Kyle Brodziak, and Mikko Koivu all scored for Minnesota, while Gustav Nyquist, who was re-called from Grand Rapids, and Drew Miller scored the only two goals for the Wings. Even though Detroit outshot their opponents severely, it was the Wild who scored on the power plays, (2/3) and Detroit barely got one, going 1/5. For being one of the top teams on the man advantage on home ice, the Red Wings power play was absolutely disgusting last night.
This game was expected and they just didn’t anticipate it enough to come out with the win. The boys in the locker room knew what was going; a Wild storm of guys who are hot right now in the winning column. Now, Detroit is about to recoup and regroup, prepare for a nice, long 9-day road trip, with 4 games in California and Arizona. We need some serious points regardless of how strong these teams have been; it’s crunch time.