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Blues humiliate post-Lidstrom Red Wings

Jan 19, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 19: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his first NHL career goal against Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red wings at the Scottrade Center on January 19, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings can only hope that this is not a sign of things to come.

In their first game without defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, the Red Wings suffered a crushing 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Not only were they unable to stop the Blues’ attack, but they couldn’t get anything done at the other end of the ice. Jaroslav Halak was only forced to turn aside 14 shots to earn his first shutout of the season.

It didn’t help matters that Detroit ran into penalty troubles throughout the game and were particularly ineffective when it came to special teams. The Blues managed to score four times with the man advantage while Detroit conceded a shorthanded goal after the St. Louis Blues’ David Perron was handed two minutes for hooking.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland seemed to downplay expectations when he conceded that they might not make the playoffs this season. That would end the Red Wings 21 season postseason appearance streak, which is one of the longest in the history of the game.

Really the only good news for Detroit tonight is that this was just Game 1. They still have plenty of time to turn things around. If not, it will be a painful season for Detroit and a new experience for a generation of fans that have grown up during the Red Wings’ extended dynasty.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Ouch!! 😀

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Early wake up call
    Not worried, they will be there

  3. bluesrawesome - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM


  4. zetaone - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I have Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick on my fantasy team.

    Joy for me today.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM


  5. sportsfan69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Oh the mighty have fallen. Could be long a season?

  6. 22bju - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    One game but blues looked superb tonight

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    No biggie. The Blues are known for their defense!

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      the defense wasnt the story tonight, the offense was. the Blues lit up the wings like a christmas tree

  8. eastcoastwingette - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Hah! Take that! We sure showed you tonight, St. Louis!


    …Bet that flight back to Detroit is going to be a fun one…

  9. polegojim - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    My Wings looked lethargic and soft, totally reactive.

    Franzen looked lost for most of the game.

    And… we don’t need 10 minute misconducts… we need tough playing and legal hits.

    • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Couldn’t agree with you more about Franzen. I was listening to the game from The Ticket’s livestream and even via radio it was painfully obvious he hasn’t quite figured out how’s he’s supposed to position himself in front of the net. Can we hire Homer as Mule’s personal coach?

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM


      • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Exactly ECW… he actually MOVED out of the way after setting a screen and gave Halak a GREAT view of the shot.

        Hard thing is that Franzen is a ‘soft’ big man, just like Ericsson. They need a ‘tough man’ in front of the net… I’m not sure we have ‘that guy’ is even wearing a Winged Wheel jersey right now.

        I’d swallow the losses… but what bothers me is the marshmallow play.

        I’d even like to say ‘Hey, it’s the first game of the season’… but it was the Blue ‘first game of the season’ too… and they showed up ‘in gear’… and played to win. Wings had the same amount of time to prep.

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        @polegojim: At first I thought it was my brain trying to make sense of Ken Cal saying, “and Franzen positions himself in front of the net…” when he obviously was supposed to say Holmstrom. But no, Franzen is no Homer and that was pretty obvious tonight.

        No idea why we’re still so high on Ericsson. No idea at all. Kindl gets a pass because he’s only what, 24 or 23, but Big E is 28. And he’s still a liability.

        Our 2 “tough guys” are Bert and freaking Tootoo. And our best fighter is our goalie. That’s a problem and it’s our lack of grit that kills us in the play-offs every time. Helm is no Draper, Abby is no Maltby or McCarty, and Miller is also not a Maltby or a Burr.

        Shout-out to my buddy who gave me a thumbs down for the grammar correction. *snicker* You’re a wicked smaht one, aren’t you? lol

  10. redwingsfan999 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The wings better wake up

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      waking up? they’re gonna have to make a couple trades at LEAST.

      • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        Lots of missed opps last summer.

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        For who? Defensemen are like gold these days. Let me know if you want Emmerton for Pietrangelo.
        General curiousity: Heard you guys just signed Redden. What’s your take? I (obviously) don’t follow the Blues and he was passed up by a few other teams. How’s he beneficial to you guys?

      • sspikerkm - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        I think Redden is a great pickup for the Blues. They are very deep, but very young as well. He has talent. With his bargain salary and locker room presence, I don’t think the Blues can go wrong with this one. In fact, the Blues have every element of an elite team right now. Even Stewart appears to have an extra step this year. It’s early, but watch out for this team.

  11. finswins - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    The Blues scored 6 for Stan the Man!!

  12. juliath83 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Hope the Wings get humiliated like this all year. About time they fall off the cliff.

    • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Go away. Why on earth do you care so much? My apologies for winning against whatever team it is you follow because we have a well-run organization and had to crawl out of the bottom of the barrel and restructure everything back in the 80’s. Not sure who your team is, but I’m willing to bet they didn’t even exist in the 80’s. And you probably stole your team from Canada.

      • jtrain1966 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        To your earlier comment on Redden : I would think that after getting acclimated to how the team plays ; he will probably play with Petro . Even if he plays at 3/4 of what he did in Ottawa, he’ll still be a pretty good D-MAN . What i expect from him is : He will get a lot of power play time mixed in with a little penalty killing time, & if he does good enough this year, I can see him getting a contract extension maybe, 2yrs w/ an option for a 3rd . Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see how he does !

      • chicagobtech - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        I agree with juliath83. I’m glad the Wings looked the way they did last night, and I’ll be glad if they spend time in the cellar this season.

        And to pre-empt another “Why on earth do you care so much?” question:

        Chicago Blackhawks.
        Bill Tobin and James Norris.

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        @jtrain: I think his scouting report more or less says he’s a good puck-passing defenseman but tends to get “bored” and is on his way out. Looking at our, more or less as polegojim so perfectly put it, marshmallow team, probably why the Wings passed him up.
        You’d put him on the PK?
        Agree, should be pretty interesting to see what he can do, though I’m still confused as to how he’ll be such an asset.

        Great game on the Blues behalf btw. You guys looked good. Very good. (We just sucked.)

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Oh come on Chicago. We hate you guys as much as we respect the h ell out of you. If it wasn’t a Canadian team in the Finals (aside from Vancouver) we’d very quietly and minutely wish you well. Good grief, one stumble and eeeeveryone comes out of the woodwork. Anyone else want to take a shot at Detroit? We’re here all day, people.

  13. spetznaz777 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    i understand you’re losing 6-0 but the headhunt miss on tarasenko by tootoo was totally uncalled for. i know that is tootoo’s game but real classless, glad tarasenko juked at the last minute.

  14. fusionix7 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I’m just hoping this is isn’t a progression. They rarely showed up for the 1st period last year. I guess they’re skipping the 2nd and screwing the 3rd as well. I feel bad for Howard. The defense was terrible tonight.

  15. kiopta1 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Howard seemed to be the only one ready to play NHL level hockey. The wings looked like this was a family backyard pickup game. While the Blues were working towards playoff form.

  16. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Looked like men playing against boys. On the other hand, half the teams in the league will loose their first game and all it means is those teams will not go 48-0.

  17. creek0512 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    As expected the media will focus on the Wings and skim over how well the Blues played.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I agree, but other than for pride’s sake, it’s not a bad thing to be underappreciated in sports. One other thing about the media, they make it sound like the wings never laid an egg in the 20 years Lidstrom played. Bottom line is the wing played bad, the whole team, and the blues played like a team that is picked by some to win the cup. I don’t think the wings are going to play 47 more like they did the first, but I also don’t expect the blues to dominate like that every game either.

  18. sspikerkm - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Don’t push the panic button yet Wings. It’s one game. As a Blues fan, I felt sorry for Howard that appeared to be the only one playing that game. Given the open chances, I couldn’t even tell if Howard was playing good. There was no one clearing the crease all night. Mike B. needs to lay into the D. Play and stay boys, if no….then go. Lid was the best, but, c’mon,, that was as lackluster an effort as I’ve seen.

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