Red Wings Played Well Despite Loss, But Howard, Z-Line Must Be Better
The Red Wings lost this game in the first period when they allowed three rapid-fire goals. However, they pretty much controlled the game from that point forward.
The Sharks did get knocked back on their heels. The Red Wings were victims of questionable officiating late in the second period, which allowed San Jose a two-man advantage for more than a minute - and the Sharks cashed in for the eventual deciding goal.
There were a few cracks in the Red Wings’ armor that were exposed, though. Jimmy Howard has to be more consistent in goal. During an early onslaught, like the one by the Sharks, he has to keep the puck out of the net. It’s what Chris Osgood has done so well in the past.
Also, the fourth goal by San Jose was Howard’s fault.
It wasn’t only a low shot from close range, but it went through the 5-hole. Howard’s save percentage Thursday night was 85 percent. If it isn’t better starting in Game 2 Sunday, this will be a short series.
Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula didn’t perform well. The San Jose line featuring Joe Pavelski simply outplayed the above-mentioned trio.
My gut feeling is the Red Wings will win Sunday. I still believe they will take this series in six games. Even in defeat Thursday, you could sense they have this certain edge over the Sharks.
But there was also this "what could have been" feel to this loss. If only the Red Wings had been more prepared for the start of the game. If only their rookie netminder had been a little sharper.
This series might have been over before it really started. Instead, the Sharks have immediate confidence they can beat the Red Wings.
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