The Red Wings battled the Kraken on Wednesday night. Both teams came in hot. Seattle won 4 out of their last 5. They were sitting just one point ahead of last place in the Pacific Division. Detroit came home after a hard fought win in Boston, and on a 3 game win streak. They were clinging to the wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams were missing some key components. The Kraken were down Eberle, Schwartz, and Giordano. Meanwhile the Red Wings were missing Bertuzzi, and Veleno.
Neither team gained much ground during the first. Seattle did kill off a penalty early on in the period. As the end of the period drew near, Seattle got some decent looks. They actually had a goal called off due to goalie interference, then turned around and had a few more chances. Detroit had one of their own called off as well due to offsides that was missed. Overall the first period felt sloppy with 5 penalties between the teams. The period ended with a Red Wing in the box, and the score tied at zero.
Detroit killed off the remainder of their penalty to start the period. After a slow start to the period Seattle took a penalty and Detroit’s offense was buzzing while on the man up advantage. Robby Fabbri capitalized and picked up the power play goal for Detroit and gave them a 1-0 lead. Detroit continued to struggle keeping men out of the box. During a power play for Seattle halfway into the period, Vince Dunn fired one from the point and tied up the game.
Time was trickling down and the Red Wings had a mishap in their own end allowing for an odd man pressure for the Kraken. Ryan Donato slapped it home and got the Kraken the lead. In the last minutes of the period Detroit’s Vladislav Namestnikov flicked one in to tie the game back up. His 99th career goal. After a quiet first period, both teams found the net twice in the second. The period ended still tied, now at 2 a side.
After having his goal called off in the first period, Lukas Raymond of the Red Wings got his 10th of the season. Red Wings gained back the lead thanks to their rookie. In the second half of the period Donato picked up his second of the game when Detroit’s defense lapsed as the Kraken entered the zone. With the game tied back up at 3 now, time ticked away. A last ditch effort from the Red Wings lead to some good looks but they were unsuccessful. Extra time was needed to decide who would get the second point.
Overtime and Shootout
Neither team found any traction in the 3 on 3 overtime. Detroit maintained posecion for most of the 5 but didn’t get any real chances until the last minute. A ringing crossbar in the last few seconds meant this game was headed to a shootout. Fabbri and Donato missed in the first round. Larkin scored while McCann got stopped in round two. Raymond rang the post while Donskoi slid it in to force round four. Erne rifled it into the top corner and Wennberg got stopped by Greiss. Red Wings win in a shootout.
Detroit had a long 24 hours. Traveling from Boston to Detroit then playing through a shootout puts a serious strain on the players. It was evident they were tired as the made a few errors and cost themselves a few goals against in this game. They did find a way to finish though. Even when they put themselves behind the eight ball they found a way to fix their errors. The rookies once again stepped up big and played strongly in both ends. Raymond was NHL’s rookie of the month for November and now start December off with another goal. THe Red Wings finally get a rest as they await the arrival of the struggling New York Islanders on Saturday.
Seattle came into this game with confidence and should leave it with even more. This wasn’t the same Detroit team that’s been playing the last few seasons. Overall this was a relatively successful road trip for them. They’re headed home with 5 of the available 8 points. Really in this game if the goal was about 4 inches bigger on each side they would have had about 5 more goals as they seemed to love the sound of the ringing pipes. Their confident and strong play allowed them the chance at picking up the win in this game. They forced some key turnovers and capitalized on Detroit’s mistakes really well. They now head home to host Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
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