BY CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Staff Writer
The Detroit Red Wings are known for making history. This year, they made history for all the wrong reasons. They are the first team in NHL history to start the season 5-0 and then lose the following six consecutive games.
They ended that six game losing streak on Saturday evening, against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena, scoring more than one goal for the first time in six games. They beat the Ducks 5-0 on the third game of their six game home-stand.
The fifth loss of their six game slide came at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored the lone goal of the game for the Wings while Wild captain Mikko Koivu put one behind goaltender Jimmy Howard late in the third period to tie it. Former San Jose Shark forward Devin Setoguchi scored on the power play in overtime to win 2-1.
Finally, number six came against the Calgary Flames two nights later and it didn’t look good right from the start. Lee Stempniak got the scoring going for the Flames early in the first period with Anton Babchuck recording the assist. Defenseman Mike Commodore made his Red Wings debut after injuring his knee early in the preseason, replacing Jakub Kindl. His presence was only felt with his size, not his scoring ability.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla found his scoring touch, netting two goals in the game. Danny Cleary netted the only goal for the Wings in the second period on the power play. Niklas Kronwall and Ian White recorded the assists.
The six game slide came as a wake up call for the Red Wings. They scored six goals total and were shut out once during the slump. Their top performers were not performing and in the midst of a six game home-stand, they needed something to turn the tide around. They found that in the slumping Anaheim Ducks who were wrapping up a six game road trip.
A sold out Joe Louis Arena witnessed a breakout game from a couple of the Red Wings top players with a 5-0 win over the Ducks last Saturday. Kronwall led the way in the first period with his second goal of the season, from Valterri Filppula and Johan Franzen. The Ducks had no answer as Henrik Zetterberg netted his third of the season early in the second while Lidstrom followed with his fourth of the season just under a minute later. Lidstrom followed his fourth with his fifth of the year in the third period on the power play and Franzen put the icing on the cake with his fifth of the year late in the third period.
The Red Wings will look to feed off of their 5-0 win against the Ducks tonight against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30pm on Fox Sports Detroit. Their home-stand finishes with games against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday at 7:30pm and the Dallas Stars at 7:00pm on Saturday. Both games will be on Fox Sports Detroit.