The Wings took on the Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
The trend that has made this team fun to watch so far this year continued in this game; Speed, break-out offense/transitions, and grit. Givani Smith initiated a lot of contention with the Jackets, scrums in front of the net, and some pretty good chances as the game went on, especially in the first period. Any time you looked, if there was physical play.. including some light shenanigans, Smith was probably in the middle of it. Love to see it!
Greiss Doing His Best Brick Wall Impression
Thomas Greiss continues to impress with another jaw-dropping save in the first period. After his 40-save performance last game against Vancouver, he looks good so far. The Wings defense was much improved this game, only allowing 23 shots. But he came up big when he had to, giving up just the one goal while the team was short-handed.
Top Line Continues to Shine.
Larkin, Bertuzzi, Raymond. With the captain back in the lineup, the first line with these 3 players is so much fun to watch. Lucas Raymond opened up the scoring with an absolute snipe piece, first NHL goal (cheers!). Tyler Bertuzzi lit the lamp again to give the Wings the 2-0 lead (bar-downsy, confirmed after video review), bringing his season total to 5. Bertuzzi and Larkin both scrap coming to the aid of Raymond after a… hit. This line, this team. Here we go.
The Wings add 2 empty net goals, so enjoy your curly fries from Arby’s.
Questionable Hit, leads to Detroit Penalty… PP goal
Tell me if you’ve heard this one: Borderline/questionable hit, Detroit responds, and end up going shorthanded receiving the only penalty called.
3rd Period, Lucas Raymond trying to make a play, leaves himself exposed and takes a somewhat questionable hit from behind from Jack Roslovic of Columbus. Bertuzzi responds in kind, ends up taking a penalty. Results in bad/bad/bad for the Wings. Raymond leaves the game with an injury, he said he felt good, felt okay in the press conference after the game so good there, but Bertuzzi gets a penalty and Columbus ends up with the man advantage and scores.
I do love that this team goes to war for each other game after game but something has to change. This play wasn’t really as egregious as hits in either game before, even though the Columbus player made no effort whatsoever to play the puck, instead chose to roll through the numbers on the back of the sweater, another player leaves the ice injured (technically Larkin left the ice injured as he was kicked out of the game), but still.. c’mon.. no call on this one either!?
I love having two goalies on the intermission team. Ozzie, and Manon. Just sayin’, good stuff. LGRW!