The Red Wings got a point and, had their power play had more punch to it, could have gotten a pair.
In what's become a trending story already this young season, the Wings' inability to generate on the man advantage left them on the short end of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday at United Center. Lots of other teams have ended up that way as the Blackhawks have rattled off a 6-0 start, and it wasn't like the Wings didn't play well; they just didn't convert well.
"I thought we really carried the play in the last 30 minutes of the game," coach MIke Babcock said. "They were better than us early. We were really cautious at the start and on our heels, and they out-skated us and then I thought we dug in and got playing well and had every opportunity to win the game.
"I would like our power play to score, for sure. I thought it was slow."
Jimmy Howard called it a "frustrating loss. I thought we deserved to win. But it's funny the way this game is, sometimes it just doesn't happen. They got an opportunity there in overtime, and they scored."
Nick Leddy ended the game at 2:45 after Viktor Stalberg found him across the ice on the left wing. Johan Franzen scored his first goal of the season, in the third period, evening the lead Chicago built with a Duncan Keith power play a little more than two minutes into the game.
The Wings had four power plays in the second period alone, including a 5-on-3 stretch, among six opportunities total.
Red Wings come up powerless against Blackhawks
Detroit Free Press | Jan 28