Wings Lose Fifth In A Row In Controversial Fashion
The Red Wings and Wild just finished a hard fought game at the Joe with the Wild taking a 2-1 OT victory. The Red Wings fifth straight loss hurts especially bad after giving up a goal with a minute left in the third that tied the game.
The boo birds were out early and often as the referees assessed the Red Wings with 18 minutes in penalties, compared to 8 for the visiting Wild.
I personally had no problem with any of the minor penalties assessed during regulation, many of which were just Red Wings sticks in the wrong place. However, I believe the officials missed an obvious elbow (interference, head contact, whatever you want to call it) by Wild forward Mikko Koivu (who was the best player on the ice tonight). His high hit left Nicklas Kronwall bloodied and out of the play, and Devin Setoguchi made no mistake on a rebound five seconds later for the win.
I’m a little surprised by the lack of discussion about Koivu’s hit on the postgame show as I type this. But I think as the players and coaches see the replay they will see that this play was exactly the type of hit the NHL wants out of the league. A high hit on a defenseless and unsuspecting player resulting in an injury.
But anyways, a pretty fun game to watch. Wild goalie Josh Harding was sensational. With a pair of saves on Nick Lidstrom on a 3rd period power play and breakaway saves on both Abdelkader and Eaves. He was easily the first star in my book.
Howard was brilliant when he was needed, and helped the Wings kill off the Wild’s first seven power play attempts.
Lidstrom put the Red Wings ahead early on a power play first period goal. His deflection beat Harding and went top shelf.
The Red Wings hurt themselves with penalties, especially the calls on Bertuzzi (2) and Miller.
Gustav Nyquist played only 11 minutes in his debut, largely in part to the Red Wings 9 penalties taken. We’ll see if he gets another shot Thursday.
Wild forward Dany Heatley continued to struggle with no shots in almost 22 minutes of ice time.