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Detroit Red Wings Fall to Colorado Avalanche 4-2: A Fan’s Reaction
Detroit fell to Colorado by the score of 4-2 on Sunday, December 4. The Red Wings fall to 16-8-1 on the season while the Avalanche improve to 13-13-1.
For a team the Red Wings have dominated so often in the past, they simply could not muster enough energy to win the game. They lacked aggressiveness overall and committed far to many turnovers. It was definitely not their best performance.
Detroit did manage to score two goals in the game, the first by Johan Franzen on a power play 15:08 into the first period, and the second by Danny Cleary 5:08 into the third period.
The second period was a complete nightmare for the Red Wings, having just four shots on goal compared to Colorado's 19. Backup goaltender Ty Conklin, playing for Jimmy Howard, managed to give up only two goals that period despite the rest of the team failing to show up on the ice.
Ryan O'Reilly picked up a goal for the Avalanche just 0:26 into the second period as well as Paul Stanstny on a power play less than a minute and a half later. Detroit was lucky the damage wasn't any worse than it was with the ridiculous shot on goal differential.
The most disheartening moment of the night came when T.J. Garliardi scored the go-ahead goal, shorthanded, to put the Avalanche in the lead midway through the third period. O'Reilly sealed the defeat for the Red Wings scoring on an empty net with 0:34 left in the game.
Conklin had a rough night in the net despite saving 31 of 34 shots on goal. He falls to 1-3-0 on the season.
Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov improves to 9-10-1 on the season with 27 saves on 29 shots on goal.
The Red Wings hope to rebound from this heartbreaking loss on Tuesday, December 6 when they travel to take on the 14-9-3 St. Louis Blues. St. Louis won their last meeting earlier in the season. They will have to greatly improve their game against Blues' goaltender Brian Elliott who boasts a 10-2-0 record with a 1.53 GAA and 3 shutouts on the year.
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