BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT,
Editor in Chief
Something had to give, and give it did as the Detroit Red Wings ended their six game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
The past week and a half has been a puzzling time for Red Wings fans everywhere. After starting off the year 5-0, the Wings went on to lose the next six consecutive games, not scoring more than one goal apiece in each of the games.
The possibility of losing seven straight for the first time in twenty-one years, which was also the last season the Wings did not make a playoff appearance, loomed on the horizon during Saturday’s game. But the Wings we all know and love came out and played the type of hockey that Detroit is so well known for.
Ready to finally win a game, the Wings aimed an astounding fifty shots at Ducks’ goaltender Jonas Hiller. Seventeen players clad with the winged wheel each contributed at least one shot with Tomas Holmstrom offering six shots and Dan Cleary and Darren Helm bringing in five shots apiece.
The inability to win a game had Wings’ fans running away as fast as Helm can skate across a rink. Reading around a few sports websites, I saw several people even referring to them as the “Dead Wings” once again. Really people? Are we really going to compare this to the team from the 60s?
We’ve still got a great team with awesome statistics to back us up. We’ve still got Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen, each with ten points on the season followed closely by Pavel Datsyuk with nine points. We’ve still got Jimmy Howard, who sits in the top five goaltenders with a 1.77 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. We’re only eight points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who sit first in the league. And the best thing of all? We have no injuries.
It’s been a rough two weeks for the Wings, but I think they’re ready to bounce back and prove to all fans what they really have to give to the hockey world this season. Yes, losing six straight games is a scary thought, but it is just November and we’ve got plenty of hockey left before playoffs begin in April. I’m not nervous in the slightest and others shouldn’t be either. This is Hockeytown, after all. Hockey is what we’re known for. Go Wings!