Before the start of the Detroit Red Wings – Ottawa Senators game the Senators played a montage of Daniel Alfredsson‘s time with the team and the fans cheered for him. It was a nice moment for the former Sen and a show of how much they appreciated him.
The first period went back and forth, with both sides receiving 10 shots on net, but neither were team was able to get a puck past the outstanding netminders.
When the second period came around, it looked like it would be more of the same until Johan Franzen sniped the puck past Lehner 8 minutes into the period. After the first goal of the game went in, players on both teams decided to join in on the fun; Drew Miller scored his third goal of the season and Clarke Mac Arthur added his eighth to the mix as well.
Once the puck dropped in the Third the Wings took over the game by suffocating the Senators. Drew Miller scored his second goal of the game on a feed for Brendan Smith, but most of the action came in the last 2 minutes of the game. Ottawa came within a goal of tying up the game after a bouncing puck got by Gustavsson, but Daniel Alfredsson was not having any of it and buried an empty net goal solidifying the win.
Now to the bullet points:
- Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty netter in his return to Ottawa and it was a nice way to end the game for the Wings
- Jonas Gustavsson received the start in net tonight and he played very well; he might have given up too many rebounds at times, but he came up big in key moments and his glove was a puck magnet.
- Gustavsson is now 7-0-1 on the season. Not bad for a back-up, eh?
- On the other side of the rink, Robin Lehner had a tough go in net. He did not receive a lot of help from his defense and despite making some good saves he was not able to pull out a win.
- The Red Wings top line was impressive, but it was the Wings’ third line that did most of the offensive damage.
- Drew Miller scored two goals for the Red Wings, doubling his current season totals, and was solid defensively as well, which is expected by him. Having Tomas Tatar next to him was a big boost.
- On that note, A very Happy Birthday to number 21, Tomas Tatar!
- Daniel Cleary has not had a great go this season and tonight was no exception, he was mostly unnoticeable and when he was noticed it was because he could never quite get to the puck in time. I am not sure if his knees are bothering him again or not, but he does not look good on the ice.
- Mikael Samuelsson and Stephen Wiess, who make up the rest of the 4th line played well.
- Brendan Smith will receive a lot of flack and praise for tonight’s game, but the very good third period he had makes up in some part for the poor giveaway that almost led to a Senators’ goal.
- Smith will continue to find his way in Detroit and given time he will become a very good defenseman for the Wings.
- Niklas Kronwall made a great outlet pass, which led to Drew Miller’s first goal and Jonathan Ericsson led a rush, which almost payed off for the towering defenseman.
- The rest of the Wings’ defense played well and did not seem to stand out too much, which with this group is a pretty good thing.
This game went back and forth, but the Red Wings put too much pressure on the Senators and pulled out the victory.
I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of the Red Wings game against the Senators. Take care and thanks for reading.