Even though you’re reading this blog, you might want to check if the Red Wings had scored again. That’s how it been here at the Joe Louis Arena as of late.
The Red Wings snapped their first one-game losing streak of the season as they blow out the Los Angeles Kings 8-2 on home ice. Drew Miller and Cory Emmerton led the way with two goals apiece and Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots for his NHL-leading 19th win of the season.
Out of the 18 skaters that suited up for the Red Wings, 14 of them had at least one point. Not bad for a balanced attack, especially from the third and fourth lines.
Thanks to goals from Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart, the Red Wings now have a league leading 24 tallies from their own blueline.
The Red Wings started out like gangbusters by scoring two goals in a 15-second span early in the first period. Miller got things going at 1:45 as he was in front of the net and scored off the rebound to make it 1-0; 15 seconds later, Emmerton tipped-in a Jonathan Ericsson shot past Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick (four saves on seven shots) and things were quickly going (no-pun intended) the Red Wings way.
After Kronwall ripped a rocket of a slap shot from the right circle that made it 3-0, Quick was given the hook and was replaced by Jonathon Bernier. Bernier didn’t fare any better as he stopped 15 of 20 shots. The rest of the first period saw goals being exchanged by the Kings’ Davis Drewiske and Emmerton, who got his second of the game.
Jarret Stoll cut the Red Wings lead to 4-2 midway through the second period, but that was all the Kings could get past Howard.
The Euro-Twins activated their goal-scoring binge as Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each lit the lamp as the Red Wings took a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes. Both goals were in the form of wicked backhands.
It was “Miller-Time” as Miller made it 7-2 with a snap shot that went past Bernier’s glove side and Stuart turned off the red lamp as he scored the team’s final goal midway through the third period.
The Red Wings rebounded nicely from their heart-breaking loss in Nashville on Thursday night. They took out their frustrations out on a hapless Kings team who have 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and have averaged an NHL worst 2.16 goals a game.
Even though he was chased out of the net early in the first, Jonathan Quick has been one of the few bright spots for the Kings this season. If it weren’t for his team’s play in front of him and playing on a team in the east coast, he’d be ranked among the league’s elite netminders. Quick and Howard are two of the best american-born goalies in the NHL and they could be the front-runners to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Props to the Red Wings’ third and fourth lines. The third line combination of Drew Miller (two goals), Darren Helm (two assists) and Danny Cleary (three assists) and the fourth line of Cory Emmerton (2 g, 1 a), Tomas Holmstrom (2 a) and Justin Abdelkader (1 a) were a huge reason tonight’s win. The line of Emmerton, Holmstrom and Abdelkader played that well, they were rewarded with some time on the power-play.
After the Kings scored their first goal of the game, it didn’t sit well with Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock as he gave it to them before the ensuing face-off. He pressed the right buttons and his team responded rather quickly.
The Red Wings go back on the road to begin a four-game road trip and their first stop will be at the Rexall Place as they face the Edmonton Oilers Monday Night.
About the Author: Alex lives in Hockeytown, USA. He is a huge Red Wings fan going back to the 1985-86 season when they were dead last with 40 points. He has seen the transition from the 'Dead Wings' to one of the top franchises in sports. You can also follow him at twitter.com/alexmuscat73.