Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wings Lay Beating on Bruins in 6-1 Rout

Where was this all year??

The Wings welcomed in the Boston Bruins last night, but once the puck was dropped, they were anything but welcoming.  With 10 different players on the scoresheet, Detroit dominated play for long stretches of the match and absolutely embarrassed the Bruins, driving the score all the way to 6-0 before Boston got their only goal in the dying minutes of the game.  Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored the Red Wings' half-dozen, while Jonas Gustavsson made 16 saves in the contest before Jarome Iginla finally got one past him at 17:35 of the 3rd.

So much went right in this 6-1 win that it's hard to criticize anything in the Wings' play yesterday.  Passing was better, guys were obviously communicating more, there was more push through the middle of the ice, guys were driving the net, rebounds and corner pucks were fought for, the team worked together defensively to shut down the short, the Wings finally played 60 minutes--or pretty close-- of Red Wings style hockey, and were rewarded.

Playing without Pavel Datsyuk up front and Danny DeKeyser on the blueline didn't stop Detroit from putting on a clinic, with Boston as the very unwilling patient.  The team seems to have woken up somewhat after losing two very important regulars on the roster.  If the boys can sustain anything close to this level of play until Dats and Kaiser return, imagine the jump they'll have once those two get back!

Next up is the New York Islanders, and a chance at a winning streak for the first time in a month.  We'll see then how much of this momentum carries over.