Kronwall's goal got it going
You could sense very early on in Saturday’s game that the Red Wings were not going to let their losing streak hit seven games. They came out on all cylinders, outshooting the Ducks 18-7 in the first period, including 11-1 to start the game. Even after the onslaught of offensive opportunities, Niklas Kronwall was the only Wing to find the net as the period ended 1-0.
At that point, Captain Nicklas Lidstrom seemed to take over the game, contributing three consecutive points (assist to Zetterberg, goal, goal) to put the Wings up 4-0. The scoring ended when Johan Franzen tacked on a goal in the third to make the final 5-0.
The key to ending the six-game slide was clearly reversing the trend of lacking offense. The Wings were averaging just one goal a game during the streak, and therefore nearly matched that in one game. Goaltender Jimmy Howard was strong in the shut-out as were the defensive lines. However, of some concern is that a bulk of the scoring came from the defense, and important forwards such as Dan Cleary, and Jiri Hudler were unable to contribute.
The Red Wings look to create another winning streak off the victory when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. After two more home games, they begin their first West Coast trip of the season – although early in the year, momentum going on the road would be a nice lift for the men in Red.
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