Very glad that I was wrong when I said this was exactly the type of game the Wings like to lose.
Goals were as follows:
Detroit: Todd Bertuzzi (pp; Datsyuk, Lidstrom); Todd Bertuzzi (Rafalski, Lidstrom)
Columbus: Antoine Vermette (Voracek)
+ I know that Bertuzzi knew Petrella was in the building when he scored that beautiful power play goal, and also jammed in the easy ricochet for the 2nd. No curly fries, but still, a great effort.
+ My God was it great to see Valtteri Filppula back on the ice. And not just because I’ve missed admiring his hair. You could tell he doesn’t quite have his hands back on a couple shots that he took, but he backchecked and worked hard. He also went 5 and 3 (63%) in the faceoff circle. Babcock wasn’t hesitant to use him–he had 17:42 TOI (4:07 PP), with 3 shots on net. It’s just nice to see one of the top forwards back and in action, and not have to worry about bad turnovers or defensive liabilities.
+ Hello Darren Helm! Save of the night, this kid, batting the puck out of the net with his stick, then again with his hand to keep it tied at 1. He also had a good game all-around, 4 SOG, 64% draws won, 2 hits, and just running around and creating energy in 16:23 TOI.
+ Good to see the Wings turn it around in the 2nd after a crappy first period.
- What an awful first period. I watched the Columbus post-game show, and they interviewed Nick, who was pretty blunt in saying they got off to a terrible start. I don’t know why they can’t seem to wake up on time.
– Holy Crap, Derek Meech. An absolutely horrendous turnover led to the Jackets’ first (and only) goal of the game.
– I don’t think Nicklas Lidstrom is going to score a goal ever again.
It’s Columbus redux on Monday, which I won’t be able to watch live.