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For the Red Wings to advance in these Stanley Cup playoffs, goalie Jimmy Howard must be better.
Especially now that rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out for the year with a broken thumb. Since his arrival late in the regular season, DeKeyser has stabilized the defense, and his loss will be difficult for the Wings to overcome, unless Howard elevates his game.
Leading 4-1 nearly midway through in the third period Thursday, it appeared the Red Wings were in complete control and about to even up their first-round playoff series with the Ducks at a game apiece.
Until Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf muscled his way from behind the Wings net and backhanded a shot that somehow eluded Howard. Once Getzlaf scored, the Wings looked timid and the Ducks re-energized.
As his young team wilted in front of him, Howard needed to morph into a stone wall. This was the kind of moment when playoff legends are born ... when your last line defense must make each and every save.
This was Howards time.
Unfortunately for the Wings, Anaheim scored another goal -- on a shot by Kyle Palmieri that was slightly tipped by Teemu Selanne -- to cut the Wings' lead to one. Eventually the Ducks tied the score on a Bobby Ryan goal with under 3 minutes to play.
An epic collapse -- a three-goal lead blown and two questionable goals allowed by Howard -- followed by a season-saving, power-play goal by Gustav Nyquist in overtime that gave the Wings a 5-4 victory.
In all fairness, Howard did make some big saves early in the game to keep the Wings from falling behind, but isnt that what hes supposed to do?
Unlike past Red Wings playoff teams, this one relys on an abundance of inexperienced rookies at virtually every position, which has led to inconsistent play.
Howard is not a raw rookie; he's a seasoned playoff veteran, and his playoff performance this year has been uneven as his 2.99 goals-against average and .897 save percentage indicate.
With the 1-1 series moving back to Detroit, Howards goaltending must become the Wings' main asset.
A goalie is ultimately judged not by the quantity and quality of his saves, but when he makes them. Its about whether he can make the big stop when everything is on the line.
At this point, Howards career playoff accomplishments haven't been memorable. He must rectified this soon, before he's categorized as a postseason disappointment.
Which wouldn't be so good for a goalie -- or his team -- who just signed a six-year, 31.8 million contract extension.
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Defenseman Nick Jensen has opted to skip his senior season at St. Cloud State to join the Detroit Red Wings franchise. The team made the announcement official on Thursday:
Wings sign defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year entry-level deal with the club
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 2, 2013
Jensen was the Wings’ fifth-round pick (No. 150 overall) back in 2009, then...
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said his team would not have made the playoffs without rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Now, the Wings will have to survive the postseason without him.
Babcock said that DeKeyser broke his thumb during the Red Wings’ 5-4 Game 2 overtime win, an injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
“He made some plays again tonight...
The Detroit Red Wings had a setback during their series-evening victory at Anaheim.
Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser broke his right thumb in the third period of the 5-4 overtime win in Game 2 on Thursday night, and is out for rest of the playoffs.
DeKeyser signed with the Red Wings on March 29, soon after finishing his college career at Western Michigan.
''It was a big...
Justin Abdelkader’s controversial hit turned Game 3 — and possibly the series — of the Detroit-Anaheim playoff series in the Ducks’ favor. The two teams were locked in a close-checking 0-0 tie late in the second period when Abdelkader delivered a punishing shot on Anaheim defender Toni Lydman, which knocked Lydman from the game with a possible head injury. Abdelkader was...
The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He scored four goals and a total of 31 points for St. Cloud State last season.
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Matchup: Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings
Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network
Series: Tied 1-1
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