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Wings fast start leads to 6-1 win over Blues in Saturday matinee

February 24, 2024, 8:00 PM ET [28 Comments]
Jeremy Laura
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Summary:

Detroit scored three times in the first 5.5 minutes. They added one more at the end of the first and two in the second as Lyon only gave up one goal on 23 shots. There were so many aspects that made this an impressive performance. One surprising stat was that Kane’s goal was the 72nd scored by a player that wasn’t on this team last year.

Beyond the scoring, there was a lot of detail work to like. Seider continues to be able to wrangle the puck in the D zone, acts like he is going to skate out then stops and creates options and space. His mental acuity is exceptional and frankly belies his age. There were a lot of years where players didn’t get their spot until age 22 or 23 but Seider is already the top D man.

The line of Larkin, Debrincat and Kane seem to know where each other are and can make plays at a level not seen since the Euro Twins were playing their best hockey. Rasmussen continues to be a depth contributor in every zone. He can hold the puck under pressure and has shaped his game to be strong defensively.

St. Louis had some hard luck with missed opportunities, but Detroit was ready at puck drop. That had been an issue far too many times but today’s performance was possibly the best game start to finish since Yzerman came back to Detroit.

The passing decisions to get the puck out of the D zone and up the ice were consistently solid. Of all the goals, Compher’s steal, pass to Ras then Raymond and getting to the net front to tip in #23’s shot on goal was a really nice sequence. Strong work in the corner, fast puck movement and everyone got to where they needed to be.

Honestly, this was a shockingly strong performance today. Detroit continues to surprise people around the league. Messier was highly complimentary during the intermission. Let me know your thoughts on the play today. There’s still a tight race to the post season but Detroit seems to be stepping up. We’ll see how they fare on back to backs as Kane and Debrincat face off against their former teammates.


Detroit First Period goals:

Just 33 seconds in, Kane got Detroit on the board. The Wings had a nice zone entry. Debrincat passed cross crease over to Gostisbehere who found #88 speeding in. The release was instant. 1-0.



At 4:21 Raymond skated the puck from the D zone with Rasmussen as they found themselves with a 2 on 1. Perfect pass to Rasmussen who buried it. 2-0 DET.




At 5:24 Fabbri intercepted an attempted net front clear by St. Louis and it was in the net. Shots are 6-0. 3-0 DET



At 19:02 on the power play, Debrincat took a pass from Seider and walked the puck to the net scoring Detroit’s 4th of the period. Sprong with second assist. 4-0 DET


Shots: 13-8 DET
Score: 4-0 DET

Detroit Red Wings Second Period goals:

At 16:56 J.T. Compher restored the 4 goal lead for Detroit. Compher stole the puck in the corner of the offensive zone, got a quick pass to Rasmussen who gave it to Raymond. Raymond found Compher net front and J.T. Tipped the puck into the net. 5-1 DET




About a minute later at 18:33 Debrincat scored his second of the game. Larkin, Kane and Debrincat had a 3 on 1 going into the O zone. Kane carried the puck in on the right half wall and found debrincat on the opposite side for an easy tap into the net. 6-1 DET



Shots: 23-13 DET
Score: 6-1 DET

Third Period Detroit goals
No third period Detroit goals

Shots: 34-23 DET
Score: 6-1 DET
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