Detroit at Pittsburgh (1/18/11)

The Red Wings played the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. Joey MacDonald got the start for the Wings since Jimmy Howard wasn’t ready to go yet. Howard had to be the backup though because Thomas McCollum broke his finger earlier in the day. Marc-Andre Fleury was the Penguins’ goalie. Sidney Crosby was out of the lineup due to concussion symptoms.

For the first time this season I had the sense that the Red Wings were just outmatched tonight. I didn’t think they played poorly. They made some crucial mistakes but other than that I thought they played pretty well and had good energy. It just wasn’t effective.

The first mistake was early on in the first period. MacDonald was indecisive with the puck when he came out of the net to handle it. By the time he tried to make a play it was too late. Kennedy picked his pocket and passed it back to Staal who had a wide open net. Then Connor scored on a penalty shot making it two to nothing at the end of the first.

In the second period the Wings looked like they were rallying when Franzen scored a great goal late in the period. The Penguins got it back though just 30 seconds later. Kronwall flubbed a clearing attempt and everything broke down. Kunitz ended up scoring to put the Pens back up by two at the second intermission. The Penguins capped it off with an empty net goal at the end of the game.

Joey MacDonald played a great game aside from his early mistake. He made many great saves to keep it from getting out of hand. The Wings had good sustained pressure but Fleury was phenomenal and nothing they tried seemed to work. I think they guys are doing a good job to fight through these injuries but they just didn’t match up well enough against the Penguins tonight even without Sidney Crosby.

This 1-4 loss brings us to:
62 points

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