Sunday, October 12, 2003

Wings 3, Sens 2 (OT)

Lidstrom, Hull and Whitney celebrate Nick's game winning goal in OT The Wings won their second game last night 3-2 off a power play goal by Nick Lidstrom in overtime. The game wasn't terribly exciting, with both teams playing very much a defensive style. One thing I noticed over and over was an apparent lack of effort offensively by the Wings. There were far too many half-hearted passes and lazy skating going on. There were some opportunities that just would have required a small amount of extra effort and there would have been a breakaway or scoring chance. Maybe this isn't a lack of effort but instead is the Wings' new style of play but I hope not! The Wings should have won this game in regulation but Mathieu Schneider passed the puck to Jason Spezza right in front of the net. Not a very smart thing to do, considering Spezza's one of the rising stars in the league. He roofed the puck on Dom and cut the Wings' 2-0 lead in half. Radek Bonk then scored in the 3rd period to tie it up. The Captain and Holmstrom scored the other goals for the Wings. Dominik looked pretty steady and Hatcher was much more of a presence. Jiri Fischer looked great and Ray Whitney was great on the penalty kill. Pavel Datsyuk actually used one of his moves early on in the first period but didn't get anything out of it. I kept wanting him to come off the boards and break in on the net but I was disapointed. He played well, though, and so did Zetterberg. Next up: Vancouver on Thursday, the 16th Free Press game report | ESPN game report | Box score | Photos Lines: Maltby-Draper-McCarty Whitney-Yzerman-Shanahan Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hull Devereaux-Williams-Holmstrom Fischer-Chelios Hatcher-Lidstrom Schneider-Dandenault 4 on 4- Zetterberg-Datsyuk Schneider-Lidstrom PP- Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hull Holmstrom-Yzerman-Shanahan Whitney-Lidstrom Schneider-Lidstrom Whitney-Hatcher PK- Maltby-Draper Whitney-Zetterberg Maltby-Yzerman Ldstrom-Chelios Fischer-Chelios Lidstrom-Dandenault Lidstrom-Hatcher O.T.- Datsyuk-Hull Lidstrom-Hatcher OT PP 4 on 3- Shanahan-Yzerman-Datsyuk Shanahan-Yzerman-Zetterberg Whitney-Zetterberg-Hull Lidstrom(GWG) Net- Dominik Hasek


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