For the first two periods of Wednesday’s game in Detroit, it looked like the Blues were back on track. They played well, and the game was tied at three heading into the third. Then, the Wings scored four goals in under five minutes to put the game away. I really don’t know how to explain that third period, but much like the rest of the losing streak, it was awful. Jaroslav Halak was not sharp, the defense was even worse, and there was really no offense to speak of. You can’t win in the NHL if you only come ready to play for 2 out of 3 periods, and you certainly can’t do it when you play a team like Detroit.
One thing I notice on Wednesday, and I have seen it over the last two weeks but I wasn’t sure if it was just an anomaly, was that it seems like Halak makes a habit of allowing goals in bunches. The Wings scored two goals in less than three minutes in the second, and they had the four-goal barrage very close together in the third. Sometimes if a goalie can’t put goals behind him right away, this is what happens. I really hope this is not something that is going to become a problem, but keep an eye on it when Halak is in net going forward.
Scoring-wise, Brad Boyes lit the lamp for the third consecutive game, which is huge. If we cna get him going, it could be the first step in turning this thing around. Brad Winchester got a power play goal, and that unit has actually looked decent over the last few games, which is another good sign. Andy McDonald was the best player on the ice for the Note, and he finished with a goal and two assists. The penalty kill unit was bad again, as they allowed two goals with a man in the box. That needs to be addressed before Friday night.