Detroit snaps skid in the Shark Tank
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I don’t remember the last time I posted about Detroit scoring 7 goals. I’m not sure I have since I’ve been part of the hockeybuzz family. Tonight was a strange night. The first period felt like “more of the same”, even though Detroit was only down 2-1. The second period saw them score twice and take the lead 3-2.
Then came the third period. An absolute roller coaster. San Jose scored 2 goals right off of faceoff wins in Detroit’s zone. At 4-4, it felt like a one point night, if the Wings could hold on. They did better than that. They scored 3 to win 7-4. Technically, only 1 goal was an “empty net” tally. But the 6th goal came from Pius Suter as Reimer dove out of the net and it looked pretty empty.
I will give credit where credit is due. Karlsson is doing things right now that are mind boggling. He was in on every San Jose goal with 1 goal and 3 assists. He’s already broken a record as a defenseman scoring 10 goals in 15 games. His stats are video game like in the scoring department.
For Detroit, the play of David Perron was a huge difference maker. He has so much patience and ability to create a play. Rasmussen’s efforts were fantastic as well. Hronek looked really good, Seider finally got his first of the season, and the pace of the game was as entertaining as anything I’ve seen in a while.
I’ll also give a huge pat on the back for Veleno. Whatever he did this summer (he dropped around 10 lbs) transformed him into a much more physical and 200 ft player. Berggren has made some positive steps in his short stint thus far.
Husso made some timely saves, and that says something about the kind of pressure San Jose can put on. The third period was back and forth. Just when it looked like the ice tilted toward the sharks, the Wings came back and took it home. They acquired 3 of 6 possible points on this trip and snapped a 4 game losing streak.
We’re getting glimpses. Kubalik and Perron have been fantastic additions. And, to be honest, I was not a Perron fan in the past. He irked me in Marchand like fashion and then would put one in your net. It’s a lot nicer having him help make plays.
It’s going to be a much nicer trip now as Detroit will meet up with CBJ before heading back to their home ice. A game like this can help a team to come together. A lot of new faces, and a brand new bench boss is a huge switch. This was fun to watch.
First Period Detroit goals:
At 9:39, Perron makes a crisp pass tape to tape to find Hronek. Hronek walked the puck in, got Reimer to move just a little and was able to lift a nice shot to tie the game up. It was a really nice setup by Perron and good patience from Hronek. Tie game 1-1
Not long after SJ regained the lead. Karlsson is on a different level right now. He’s just everywhere at once.
At the end of 1
Second Period Detroit goals:
At 11:27 a line consisting of Kubalik, Perron and Larkin made a nice transition at their own blue line. The three skated the puck down as Perron passed to Kubalik who caught Larkin going straight to the net. Larkin shot the puck and it went off of Perron’s skate and 5 hole to tie the game at 2.
With 3:16 left, Walman gave Detroit the lead (first of the game) after Rasmussen made some really good plays using his body and even diving to make the pass. As a depth center, Ras has learned to use his size and reach and really dug deep in the past couple seasons to be a different player.
Much better period for the Wings. A lot of fast transition. Perron was a good pick up. I never liked playing against him, but he is helping settle down his teammates on the ice and making plays.
Score 3-2 Detroit
Shots 17-13 SJS
Third Period Detroit goals:
At 4:58 Pius Suter fanned on a shot after taking a pass from Veleno. Veleno grabbed the puck and made a nice wrap around shot giving Detroit a 2 goal lead. His physicality and commitment are way higher this year. Much like Rasmussen, he changed some parts of his game and looks good tonight. Berggren on the 2nd assist.
With 11:02 San Jose closed the gap to 1, after Husso had made an incredible save. Karlsson now has 27 points already. Unreal.
With 8:29 left, Karlsson shoots a puck that deflects off a Dman skate, gets his 1st goal and 4th point of the night. Both of SJS past 2 goals came off of faceoff wins in Wings D zone.
With 6:06 left, Seider got his first goal of the season after Perron played lightning fast chess and let the pieces move into place. Upper right corner shot. A 3 point night for last year’s “rookie of the year”.
With 3:37 left, Suter grabbed a zone clear by Copp and broke away. Reimer went way out of the net and Suter scored essentially an empty net goal, but his hard skating helped make that happen.
6-4 Detroit late in the game.
With 1:15 Kubalik skated hard down the ice after Larkin cleared the puck. Detroit’s top goal scorer got just one step on Karlsson. He scored an empty net for a 3 goal lead.