May 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) in the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

WCSF Game 3: Red Wings Take Lead In Series At Home, Win 3-1


This game was a classic game of one team wanting to win more than the other. The Detroit Red Wings out played the Chicago Blackhawks, to a 3-1 victory.

The Hawks out shot the Wings in the first period but Jimmy Howard was up to the challenge stopping all 15 shots Chicago shot his way. Being a Sens fan it’s easy to see where Paul MacLean gets his coaching from. Mike Babcock’s system is pretty similar to his former assistant, or vice versa. Trying to out work the opposition and getting good goaltending to won the game and that’s exactly what happened last night.

In the second period Detroit came out fast, out shooting the Hawks. Which was what led them to the two goals they scored in the 2nd frame. The two goals were from Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller. After two periods it was clear the Red Wings were up to the challenge they were facing from the Hawks. Detroit won mayny of the battles for the puck and just had a better effort in getting to the puck. That is what makes Detroit’s system to great. Offense is the best defense. The opposition can’t get the puck and attack if you own more of the possession than them.

In the third period it was once again Jimmy Howard’s game. He had 17 shots fired at him, 10 more than the Red Wings managed on Corey Crawford. But just like the first period Howard was stellar stopping all but one shot from Patrick Kane. The Red Wings weren’t about to sit back on their one goal lead as Pavel Datsyuk renewed the home teams lead to two. That two goal lead held up as 3-1 was the final.

SENSHOT 3 STARS

  1. Jimmy Howard
  2. Drew Miller
  3. Pavel Datsyuk

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