Jimmy nearly steals one for the Wings

Jimmy Howard was outstanding, but the Wings fell in overtime 2-1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN JOSE – It wasn’t the result everyone was looking for.

The Red Wings came out, survived the first 10 minutes and scored the first goal of the game. After a lengthy layoff, fans had to be feeling pretty good about having a 1-0 lead after the first period of play.

Jimmy Howard was outstanding, perhaps his best performance of the season. It was one of those nights where he seemed to be seeing the puck well and was zoned in, even after Joe Pavelski tried to rattle him in the second period. Mike Babcock’s decision to play Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk together generated scoring chances, but the Wings weren’t able to capitalize.

San Jose tied the game on a third period power play, with Pavelski using his stick to wack a rebound out of mid air. The game ended when Benn Ferriero got a nice piece of puck luck, with a shot that hit off of Brad Stuart’s stick and found the back of the net.

“The bottom line is, we weren’t good enough,” Mike Babcock said. “I thought Howie was good, period. I thought our penalty kill was good, and a huge part of your penalty kill is your goalie, so I thought he was good. He gave us a chance.”

Certainly disappointing, but it was only Game 1. The Red Wings will practice later this afternoon and will try to tie the series tomorrow on NBC.

  • George Malik praised Jimmy Howard’s effort between the pipes. Howard had 44 saves on the evening.
  • Chris from Nightmare on Helm Street notes that the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom line looked fantastic, but that didn’t carry over to the other three pairings.
  • On the Wings shares their game recap, noting that from a fans perspective, nerves will be tested throughout the series.

What did you think of Game 1? Leave your reaction and analysis in the comments below.

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6 Responses to Jimmy nearly steals one for the Wings

  1. cathka says:

    Howard did an amazing job, that’s what stood out for me. Seems like he was the only Wing who was focused & had coffee that day. The rest of the team seemed to have an off night…slow, taking way too many penalties…Hopefully that will stay the Wings’ worst performance of this series. Getting kicked out in the 2nd round (and by the sharks) again would be annoying to say the least.

  2. Jill Correll says:

    I was just thrilled to see Hank back and the “Euro Twins” reunited! Bring on the Red Reign! Go Wings!!!

  3. They need some more defense. They can’t allow the Sharks to have 46 shots in a game. Jimmy was the savior and normally when you allow that many shots your goaltender doesn’t normally get the WIN. Just ask Quick, as he deserved better!!!

    The good is the PK was actually working which was a great surprise I guess all the practice worked. I hope they show up for the entire 60 minutes in game two.

  4. tehGOALIE says:

    @Jamie – I would argue quite the opposite…the defense was quite good last night. But Detroit never had the puck. Of course you’re going to give up 40+ shots if you can’t ever control and keep possession of teh puck. They need better puck possession and sustained offensive zone pressure (and less penalties). Those alone should get the shots down. Defense was fine…for alll those 46 shots, they only scored 2 goals, bothe which were fluky in their own regards. That means the D did a good job of eliminating quality chances, and Howard was there to bail them out when they had to.

    Just my 2 cents.

  5. Tani Mough says:

    I thought HOWIE was outstanding! He was the reason the game was 1- 0 till the 3rd period. I thought our D was good, a few mental lapses but otherwise good. Have to stay out of the box. Period. Face offs would be a bit better and control the puck in the offensive zone more. Also beating them to the puck. If you’re going to dump it deap, you better have the legs to go get it or it will be for nothing and their right back in our zone.

    WINGS can take this, one period at a time, one game at a time. 1 loss of 5 is not bad and if had not been for the lucky bounce off STEWIE’s skate we’d be talking different.

    GO WINGS!

  6. Justin says:

    I’m fed up with losing to the Sharks.

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