Red Wings-Sharks: Wings Might Have Dominated but Tired Legs Led to Game One Loss

April 29th, 2010 by Thomas Knapp Leave a reply »
This was a game that the Red Wings could have written off before they even took the ice in San Jose.

Forty-eight hours removed from the end of a seven-game series with Phoenix, not even enough time to return home, and against a fairly rested San Jose squad, there was every reason to call this game a loss from the start and save it for Sunday.

This was a game they could have written off when the Sharks took advantage in the first period, scoring three goals in the span of a minute and a half. But, to their credit, despite what must have been every bone and muscle in their bodies protesting, they didn't write this game off. 

They fought back, cutting the score to 3-2. Then, after a valiant five-on-three penalty kill still resulted in a goal for the Sharks, they cut it to a one-goal game again.

No matter what the Wings may tell you, they were worn out with the short turnover time between series.  It was obvious as they were sluggish coming out of faceoffs and slow to move on the attack and respond to the Sharks' attack. 

The penalty that led to the five-on-three power play was a classic "tired" penalty, a slash ...

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