In a sentence
Modano scores in his Wings debut and Pavel Datsyuk notches a Howe hat trick as the Wings open the season with a dominant win.
The Wings came out flying in the first and played very well. They had the pressure and after about five minutes Mule had a nice give and go with Flipper and buried a nice shot from the sideboards. Less than a minute later Stuy held a puck in, Cleary worked hard and gave it to Modano who scored his first as a Red Wing on a nice shot. After that the game opened up a bit, but the Wings retained the control and got a PP right before the midway point of the first. They got a few nice chances on it, but no sustained pressure. The rest of the period was controlled by the Wings, but the Ducks had some dangerous rushes. Luckily Jimmah stood tall on those.
The second period started with a couple of good Anaheim minutes, then became pretty open. A few minutes in Z took a point shot intentionally wide and Pasha redirected it in masterfully. After that the Ducks came on strong and got some good chances, but Jimmah was good. And the Wings got some good chances the other way too. Despite some sloppy mistakes, the Wings had control. In the second half of the period Homer got tired of constantly being harassed by Fuckface Getzlaf and Dickwad Perry and picked up a misconduct for 10 mins. Same went to Perry. In the scrum Sutton and Salei half-fought and got a minor each. Towards the end of the period Pasha found Buckets with a nice pass and Cleary got his own rebound in with his body. The net was off, and everyone expected it to be waved off, which it initially was, but apparently the net wasn't completely off when it crossed the line, so it was "a good hockey goal." After that Ryan got two chances off bad turnovers, but Jimmah saved both.
The third period started with Wings pressure. Cleary hit a post and Pavel had a great chances. Then the Wings got an even better chance on a delayed call, but Hiller saved. After the whistle had gone a scrum broke out and Pavel fought Perry and kicked his ass for his first career Gordie Howe hat trick. Getzlaf and Z also picked up offsetting minors. The PP was decent, but didn't score. Right after the power play Parros tried to go with someone and picked up a minor and a 10 minute misconduct. The PP looked better this time, but got no closer than the post. The Wings dominated the period and the Ducks got dirtier and dirtier and chippier and chippier. At the end of that PP Homer took a penalty, but it was killed nicely. Then with 4 minutes left Stuart went with Brookbank on another delayed call. The ensuing PP soon became a 5-on-3 and then an extended one, but the Wings rolled all their lines and though they had chances it stayed 4-0.
- Look at that, I hate Anaheim this year too.
- Jonas Hiller has a badass mask.
- Getlaf tried to goon it up. As always. Hate that douchebag.
- E getting deep in the zone scares me.
- I hate Perry too.
- E got back spasms. I might be evil, but I hope they continue, so Kindl can take his spot.
- The Wings proved they don't need any no-talent enforcers.
- The Ducks are such ugly, chippy bastards.
3 things that worked
- Had a very nice, offensive start and got holes on Hiller early.
- Good offense. Potent shooting.
- Howard was great. SHUTOUT!
3 things that didn't work
- The rush defense needs to be better, need more responsible play.
- Too many bad mistakes and turnovers.
- Gave the Ducks too many chances that a better team would punish them for.
Play of the game
How can you go with anything else than Modano's goal in the first period of his debut.
Player of the game
How can one resist Datsyuk after his Howe hat trick? So it's him. Jimmah and Cleary were awesome too.
It's on bitches!
Pavel's fight. Thanks to Kukla for finding the video:
10 months ago