It wasn't supposed to be like this. The second game on this pre-Thanksgiving West Coast swing wasn't supposed to matter this much, wasn't supposed to have so much of the season riding on it. But then again, the Wings wouldn't be in this situation if they had played consistent hockey. The Wings made a statement to the rest of the league two nights after being challenged by their coach and one day after having a meeting to figure out their identity as a team. They know who they are. This is a team of superstars that crash the net and play sound defensive hockey, defensemen that can cover the opposition while also moving the puck, grinders that leave everything on the ice every shift, and a goaltender that occasionally gives up a soft goal, then goes out and stands on his head to keep his team in a game. In other words, this is a damn good team. Looks like the team itself finally figured that out too.
LA 1 Detroit 0; 6:37- SHG Richards unassisted
LA 1 Detroit 1; 7:14- PPG Datsyuk (3) from Holmstrom (5) & Lidstrom (8)
LA 1 Detroit 2; 7:08- PPG Kronwall (6) from Holmstrom (6) & Franzen (8)
LA 1 Detroit 3; 15:38- Abdelkader (2) from Smith (1) & Ericsson (2)
LA 1 Detroit 4; 15:06- Datsyuk (4) from Franzen (9)