Red Wings Embarrassed by Laughing Stock of the League, 3-2
What can I say except that was the sloppiest, most undeniably terrible game I have ever watched the Wings play.
Not only did it seem that the Wings were playing with absolutely no hustle at all, but they were making embarrassingly sloppy passes all night, turning over the puck at least once a minute, and putting very little pressure on Leafs net minder Vesa Toskala.
Not many people are saying Toronto played a good game, perhaps because this was not the case at all. Despite the unspeakable levels of awfulness that the Wings reached, they still out-shot Toronto 37-29. The Leafs were able to score two of their goals because they were gift-wrapped by Wings net minder Chris Osgood and forward Daniel Cleary.
The Leafs were able to score first on a power play with only 26 seconds left in the first period, with Tomas Kopecky in the box for interference. A scramble in front occurred and Osgood swept the puck away from the players right onto the waiting stick of Pavel Kubina, who proceeded to slam it home.
The Leafs managed to pull ahead by two when Dominic Moore was able to deposit the puck behind Chris Osgood late in the second period. The Wings replied just 90 seconds later when Tomas Holmstrom scored a goal from where he always does, standing in front of the net.
The Leafs got another break when Daniel Cleary made an especially bad giveaway at the Wings' blueline with Stuart and Kronwall starting to go off for a change. Kulemin managed to take the puck in alone, roofing it for the 3-1 lead.
The Wings would get a goal back on a power play when Tomas Holmstrom scored another from his office in front of the net. All in all, the Wings looked really bad this evening. Hopefully they can fix it against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Detroit Red Wings Player of the Game
Tomas Holmstrom. Easy choice here, as he appeared to be the only one fore-checking hard and he was rewarded with two goals on the night.
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