The last time the Detroit Red Wings took to the ice against the Anaheim Ducks their offense lagged late in the game and they lost 1 – 0. On Thursday evening the score was the same but the story was much different. Though the Wings lost 1 – 0 to the New York Rangers, it wasn’t because of a lackadaisical offensive attack this time. This time it had a great deal to do with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist isn’t surprising anyone by being great in goal. He’s been one of the better goalies on ice in the NHL before. Thursday just proved it once more and his offense was able to help him out with a goal. Whether he was sprawling for a save or making a miraculous save after already sprawling, Lundqvist earned the 38 saves he gathered on this night and further cemented his place as a top net-minder.
For the Wings, things aren’t all bad. Their offense was much better including a very much improved power play attack most of the evening as well. Jimmy Howard saved 47 of 48 shots that came his way and was almost as good as Lundqvist. The best news for this team is that they might actually begin to get healthy over the next week or so. That will be where their season turns up as some of the better forwards in the league will come back to the lineup soon. In the meantime, their youngsters are proving they have a spot soon ready in the NHL if not ready right away.