After three months of simply refusing to lose at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings have dropped two of the last three in Hockeytown. The Chicago Blackhawks came to Detroit on Sunday and left with both points and a 2-1 victory; their second consecutive 2-1 victory in the season series. The last three games have proven, if nothing else, just how impressive the 23 game home winning streak was.
Twenty-three consecutive times avoiding the injury bug. Twenty-three consecutive times the puck bounced the right way. Twenty-three consecutive times Detroit got the break they needed. Twenty-three consecutive times they found the game winning goal.
None of these things happened for Detroit on Sunday. Jakub Kindl left the game in the first period with and upper-body injury. Jimmy Howard left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Jonathan Ericsson didn’t play. Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t play. Pavel Datsyuk didn’t play.
Despite the injuries and Detroit not playing their best hockey they found themselves in a tight game throughout, and certainly had their chances to equalize.
This is how small the margin is in the NHL between winning and losing. This is how easy it is to lose games in this league. And this is how impressive that home streak was.