No wonder why the Chicago Blackhawks are in first place in the West and had an unbelievable point streak this season - they score 7 goals a game!
Yesterday afternoon was the last game between the two clubs for this regular season, and Detroit was looking to come back and redeem themselves after losing 2-1 twice already; overtime then shootout.
However, they did not come to play at 12:30pm on Easter Sunday, and there was much more bad news to go along with it. It’s hard to describe how badly they played, but losing 7-1 is just a straight up embarrassment and disaster. Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad (2), David Bolland (2), Jonathan Toews, and Nick Leddy scored 7 straight goals against Detroit on only 26 shots. Cory Emmerton scored the lone, miserable goal for the Wings late in the third; literally the last minute of play.
Detroit outshot Chicago 34-36, outhit them 29-11, won more faceoffs and blocked more shots, despite getting their butts kicked extremely hard. They put some effort into the game, and it looks like the competed on the stats board, but they didn’t come to play - just out to lunch.
Detroit falls to 7th in the West with only 2 points ahead of Columbus in the 8th. They play the Colorado Avalanche tonight at home, hoping to defeat the last place team and earn a couple of key points towards making the playoffs. It was also disappointing for the fans and Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe as it was Howe’s 85th birthday. Howe, a hockey hall of famer and former Detroit Red Wing, has his number 9 retired by Detroit and attends most of the team’s home games and playoff games.
The boys warming up with #9 jersey’s on, honoring Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday.