The Detroit Red Wings were unable to hang on to their 2-1 lead early in the third period and eventually fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames (the fourth goal was an empty-netter). The Flames scored three goals in the final stanza, including two in a span of 91 seconds. The loss combined with Nashville’s win over Atlanta bumped the Wings down to the No. 9 slot in the Western Conference standings.
The loss to a key opponent in the race for a playoff spot left some bloggers not feeling so great: Bingo Bango, DetroitHockey.net, Eight Legged Freaks, Fight Night at the Joe, Nightmare on Helm Street, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, Winging It In Motown, Wings Win, Eh?, and Word on a Wing. Wings Win, Eh? explains why last night’s game was so important for Detroit.
In Other News
- Bob Wojnowski, a columnist for The Detroit News, writes that the Wings need to put in an all-out effort in the remaining regular-season games, while Bob Duff of The Windsor Star thinks the Wings are starting to look tired.
- DRW.com talks about the importance of last night’s game and the Wings position in the standings.
- The Detroit News believes goaltender Jimmy Howard has made a case to be a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which is given to the rookie of the year. GM Ken Holland told NHL.com that he believes Howard may have been the team’s MVP this season. Hockeytown USA believes that, for better of for worse, the Wings’ playoff hopes hinge on Howard’s play.
- MLive.com discusses the advice captain Nick Lidstrom shared with fellow defenseman Jonathan Ericsson before his first game back in the lineup against Calgary after being a healthy scratch for the previous two games.
- Sunday’s win showed how potent the Wings can be offensively when they are healthy according to the Detroit Free Press. Andrew Ladd, the Blackhawk who recorded a hat trick in Sunday’s contest, told MLive.com that the Wings are still the team to beat in the West despite their position in the standings.
- Red Wings’ bloggers had plenty to say after Sunday’s win over the Blackhawks in Chicago: Abel to Yzerman, Babcock’s Death Stare, Hockeytown USA, Motown Wings, Nightmare on Helm Street, Octopus Thrower, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Red, White & Black-n-Blue, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, and Winging It In Motown.
- Babcock’s Death Stare talks about Evan McGrath getting re-assigned to Syracuse and what circumstances led up to that move.
- The Grand Rapids Griffins, who are Detroit’s AHL affiliate, have struggled this season and as such are 13 points out of a playoff spot. The Grand Rapids Press notes the importance for the team to still play at the highest level possible to secure a bright future for the team.
- Red Wings Central notes that defenseman Jakub Kindl is preparing for NHL duty.
- Snapshots points out that head coach Mike Babcock will be featured on Outdoor Channel’s Nosler’s Magnum TV. The piece was shot during the off-season when Babcock was participating in an African safari and did some hunting.
- Red Wings TV provides a solution for the Ugly Sweater Syndrome (link via Snapshots).
- The Wings’ next home game is this Thursday against Minnesota and the first 10,000 fans will receive a Wings military dog tag in honor of their Military Appreciation Night. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.