The Streak Ends: At 23. It was a great ride, for sure. It’s sad to see it end, particularly in such an underwhelming fashion, but I’m proud I got to see them take it as far as they did. Where do they go from here? Onward and upward, I hope.
The First Period: I guess the eventual outcome should have been obvious from the way the Wings started the game. Sure, they got the first goal, but they had little else to do with the period. The Canucks outshot them 17-5 and this was not one of those times where you can say the stats don’t tell the full story. This time, they do. Jimmy Howard was forced to make a number of big saves to keep the Wings in it while they were busy handing ice to the Canucks.
The Second Period: They were more lively in the second period, turning the shot total around, but this was mostly one of those situations where the shot total is misleading. I wouldn’t award the Wings the edge the shot total indicates they had. Play was more evenly Â matched, but the Wings were still not close to their best.
The Third Period and Beyond: The Wings had it looking like they’d steal one from the Canucks here. But they didn’t secure the theft: a combination of a bad Bertuzzi clear that turned into a weak icing call and a lame Franzen shot block attempt led to the Canucks tying it up with 16 seconds left.
In OT, the Canucks were mostly in control. Then the shootout was a dud. None of the shooters gave Jimmy even the slightest margin of error. A disappointing end to the streak.
Jimmy: Again, doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat at all, which is awesome. I was expecting him to be somewhat human and come back with some rust, but either he’s just innately that good or the extra practice time Joey MacDonald bought him helped. Probably some combination of both. We’re lucky to have this guy.
Miller: Continues to have a great stretch. The third line was the Wings’ best in terms of energy and Miller was at the center of that most shifts.
Helm: I tend to think he intentionally faked a pass look and shot on purpose, though I’m not sure he got the shot off he wanted. But it worked. His preferred shot probably ends up in Luongo’s chest or something.
Kyle Quincey has to adjust to other teams trying hard against his team. – J.J.
— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) February 24, 2012
Exactly. He showed more than a few flashes of why he could become a key piece of the blueline, but he’s on a whole new team for him at this point in his career. He’ll adjust. And take fewer penalties in a game. It was good to see him score.
Bertuzzi: Continues to be in his Tawd rut. I would have thought the contract being finalized would have inspired him, but it didn’t. He needs to get out of this funk or I will start to be less than fine with the deal.
Franzen: Somebody change all the calendars in his life to March or April, please. If you Google “going through the motions,” you should probably be asked “Did you mean Johan Franzen?”.
The Race: The Blues, of course, won last night in Nashville, so they’re now back 4. The Wings getting the loser point preserved their lead in the West over Vancouver, so that’s good.
Next: The Wings get a chance at reigniting a home streak against Kyle Quincey’s old team. It’s almost disappointing the game isn’t in Denver. I’m curious how he’d be received.