Detroit Red Wings: Start Sluggish in Ottawa pay the Price

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 15: Detroit Red Wings Right Wing Gustav Nyquist (14) battles Ottawa Senators Defenceman Maxime Lajoie (58) in front of Ottawa Senators Goalie Craig Anderson (41) during second period National Hockey League action between the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators on November 15, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 15: Detroit Red Wings Right Wing Gustav Nyquist (14) battles Ottawa Senators Defenceman Maxime Lajoie (58) in front of Ottawa Senators Goalie Craig Anderson (41) during second period National Hockey League action between the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators on November 15, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Red Wings have been flying high of late but struggled to find any type of traction early against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa.

The Detroit Red Wings came out of the gate well, slow.  The Wings struggled to get any type of momentum early.  The Senators are not exactly a “great” team, and the Wings entered the game winning their last four games and seven of their last eight.

Ottawa scored early in the first period, but it was disallowed after the Wings challenged the play for goaltender interference.  It was a questionable overturned call, to say the least.  It appeared both Wings defenders (Mike Green and Trevor Daley) pushed a pair of Sens into goaltender Jimmy Howard.  It seemed like Howard had enough time to reset himself and reestablish into the play.  However the officials saw differently, and we won’t complain about it.  It worked in our favor, and it is nice to catch a break every once and a while.

Cody Ceci who is not exactly known as a goal scorer was left all alone streaking towards the goal.  Matt Duchene found him from the other side of the net after taking a lap behind it, and Ceci buried it past Jimmy Howard.

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The Wings would tie the game in the second period.  Mike Green pounded a point shot from the right point with traffic in front of Sens goaltender Craig AndersonMichael Rasmussen was setting a screen and redirected the puck past Anderson; It was Ras’ first even-strength goal of the season.  All of his other markers have been on the PP.

The Wings were getting outshot 21-10 midway through the second period when the Sens took a 2-1 lead.  Drake Batherson scored on the PP.  Duchene won the offensive zone draw, Batherson settled the puck between the hash marks and pumped a beautiful shot past Howie.

The game would finish with a 2-1 Senators win, but it would not come without some drama.  Andreas Athanasiou and Michael Rasmussen both were awarded penalty shots in the third period.  Both with an opportunity to tie the game, both would be stoned by Craig Anderson.

The Detroit Red Wings would rally back in the shot department finishing the game only trailing the Sens by one.  The total for the contest was 36-35.  Jimmy Howard played well for the Wings once again, Anderson was just a touch better tonight.

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The four-game win streak ends tonight.  The Detroit Red Wings will look to get back on track against the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.