This is the type of performance a lot of us expected from the Red Wings when the season started. Good offense, shaky defense, and timely stops by Howard. Early in the first I really thought this was going to be a blowout. Detroit went an entire 1:30 of a 5 on 3 without a shot. Meanwhile, the Wild were playing solid puck possession hockey and peppering Howard with shots.
Howard stood tall, though, and the Wings took over in the second. Kind of. We’ll discuss that after the jump.
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There were a few instances where the Wild were able to get back into the game because our defense would make a bad play. Tonight it was mostly Kindl. Quincey had a better game, but still needs work. He finished +2. Smith played well, but he kept pinching in late in the third when the Wings were holding a 2 goal lead. I like the killer instinct, but if he had gotten caught, the last 2 minutes of the game could have been really intense. Lashoff continues to imp...