Despite being outshot and outplayed for a majority of the game, Luke Glendening, Thomas Greiss and a good defensive effort gave the Detroit Red Wings a chance to win. Despite getting to the shootout, Detroit would still fall 3-2.
The Red Wings had a decent first period, blocking shots and mucking up the pace of play for the Stars. However, after a Darren Helm puck dump led to a delay of game penalty, the Stars cashed in on a power play to grab a 1-0 lead. Detroit’s offense remained a problem in the first, as not one of Detroit’s shots in the first were marked as scoring chances.
The second period was similar, as both teams struggled to find solid offensive possessions. Detroit had their only power play during the second period, but the woes of old continued, as they failed to put together a competent offensive series. However, soon after the power play expired, the Luke Glendening secured his first of the night, backhanding a rebound from a Evgeny Svechnikov shot. But Dallas responded with a rebound goal of its own minutes later, retaking the lead. Glendening decided one goal wasn’t enough for him, and knocked in yet another rebound (this time off of a Alex Biega wrister from the blue line) to knot up the game at two a piece.
The third period would end scoreless, although Sam Gagner came close to notching one early in the third. That goal was waived off due to goaltender interference. Both teams continued to struggle to find a rhythm, and the two teams went to overtime.
Scoring chances were a bit more plentiful in overtime, but like the third, only a few real scoring chances came for either side. With only a few shots on goal for either side, the game was decided in round five of the shootout, as Dallas came out on top.
Red Wings Goals
- Thomas Greiss continued his strong play of late, with 34 saves and a save percentage of .944.
- The defense has remained surprisingly strong since the loss of Patrick Nemeth and Jon Merrill. Perhaps a positive for head coach Jeff Blashill’s work?
- The offense looked very lost. With Robby Fabbri and Jakub Vrana out, the top two lines played mediocre hockey with the fourth line being the only productive unit.
- A bad omen for the power play. Slotting in for Vrana? Valterri Filppula. Things might get worse before they get better.