Lack of Offense Late Costs Detroit Red Wings versus Anaheim Ducks
With 75 total points the Anaheim Ducks are the best team in the NHL by quite a large margin. They have more wins than anyone else as well and have yet to lose a game at home in regulation. All of that could have changed Sunday night with a late offensive push by the Detroit Red Wings but the Wings just could not get the offense moving and lost the game 1 – 0.
It seemed like the Wings would get a very good chance at just the right time when Teemu Selanne was grabbed for a minor penalty late in the third period. The Red Wings were flat during the extra-man advantage and actually seemed to have more pressure from the short-handed Ducks than they could manage to put on their opponents. They didn’t even manage a shot.
Overall the stats were close and the game was close. It was one of those games stats-wise where anyone could have won but it didn’t seem that close during the action at the end of the game. Actually the Red Wings were clearly unable to manage a massive push until very late in the third and even then had a few missed shots.
Whether the Wings offense was just flat or the Ducks defense was that good is hard to tell though blocked shots were clearly in favor of the Ducks. The Wings have a few days to get healthy and get ready for another very important conference match-up against the New York Rangers. For their sake let us hope they find some power play offense during that time frame.
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