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WINGS POST-GAME: Joey Hockey, Baby!

Dropping their past two games, the Wings entered Prudential Center in New Jersey to take on the Devils, in hopes of adding two points. Generating a lot of buzz going into the game, was the NHL debut of Joe Hicketts. Wings fans have been drooling over this kid, ever since his impressive pre-season performance, and the wait is finally over (for now) as he goes into the game, pairing with Jonathon Ericsson.

The Rundown

The Wings got on the board early, after some nice work off the wall, which lead to a Tyler Bertuzzi (AKA my new adopted son) rebound goal at 6:36 of the 1st period.

Later on in the period, Joe Hicketts was doing Joe Hicketts things, and laid the smack down on the 1st overall pick this past June, Nico Hischeir. Welcome to the NHL kid!

The period ended with a little nastiness, as Miles Wood and Nick Jensen got into it after the whistle. The first 20 minutes closed out with the Wings outshooting the Devils 12-11.

In the 2nd period, the refs must’ve thought they were hosting a giveaway segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show “YOU GET A PENALTY! AND YOU GET A PENALTY!”. Unfortunately, teams aren’t allowed to decline a powerplay, so we fans had to witness this circus, known as the Red Wings powerplay, twice. Spoiler alert: they didn’t score.

On the flip side, Petr Mrazek made some brilliant saves while the Wings were short-handed, and helped preserve the one goal lead.

Late in the period, to no ones suprise, elite goal scorer David Booth went top cheddar from way out, to extend the lead to two.

The Devils had the shot advantage 23-21, at the end of the 2nd period.

The Devils started to take over in the early stages of the third frame, and the Wings had to rely massively on Mrazek, who made this miraculous save on Brian Boyle:

Dylan Larkin would join in on the fun, getting a quick snip-show session in, and beating Cory Schneider to make it 3-0 good guys.

The Wings held on to the lead, and won the game 3-0, despite being outshot 37-30.

The Stats

The Devils quietly dominated this game from a possession standpoint. The Wings had a bit of a surge in the 2nd period, but besides that, they relied a lot on their goaltending.

Motor City MVP

Mrazek takes home the Motor City MVP tonight, making 37 saves to record his second consecutive shutout. He made some huge saves, and was a major factor in tonight’s victory. This is the first time since 2008, that a Wings net-minder had back-to-back shutouts.

Next Up

The Wings take on the Broad Street Bullies (Philadelphia Flyers, for the youngsters) tomorrow night at Little Caesar’s Arena, at 7:30 P.M. As always, Brock Seguin will have the pre-game report, Tuesday afternoon before the game.