Game Seven Ends in Heartbreak for Detroit Red Wings


Apr 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40), Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and teammates congratulate each other after the game in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Well, in a game no one thought the Detroit Red Wings would have made it to, they gave it their best try but sadly it didn’t work out. The Red Wings lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven of the NHL Playoffs and have been eliminated in the first round for the second season in a row. However, the team didn’t lay down and just give up.

The two teams battled back and forth in the first two periods but great play by both goalies left the game scoreless as the third period started. Yet, three minutes into the third Braydon Coburn netted the first and eventually game winning goal.

An empty netter by Anton Stralman made it 2-0 with a little under two minutes left to play.

Yet, this team should be commended for their trying in game seven. They managed to win game one after being out shot 14-46 and in this game they shot a lot more and out shot the Lightning 31-17. Good play by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop stopped the Red Wings from scoring, not a lack of trying.

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Even with the loss of Niklas Kronwall due to suspension and Marek Zidlicky due to injury the Red Wings defense men stepped up big time and played hard without their leaders. It would be interesting to see how this game would have gone had Kronwall been in the game, but that is something we couldn’t control so you have to just forget about that situation and play with who you have and that the Red Wings did.

Danny DeKeyser, Alexei Marchenko and Brandan Smith all stepped up and that is a good thing from players who usually aren’t in the role of leader as Kronwall and Zidlicky are. This is a good sign for the future and while you may be sad that they lost but this team is showing signs of looking good for the future.

The clock ran out on the Red Wings and their 2014-15 season and they head into the off season with a lot to work on and will have a very busy offseason to say the least. The Signing of head coach Mike Babcock was a very big question asked after the game and while Babcock wouldn’t speak to anything there are many teams waiting to talk to him.

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Yet don’t worry, his contract doesn’t run out until May, so the Red Wings have some time to talk to him and try to bring him back. However, be ready for him to leave there are many who think he will be back and many who think he will leave because he has had his time in Detroit and now it is time for him to move on. It will just add on to the things the team will be dealing with as they head into the off season.

Here is a full game recap if you didn’t get to see the game.

What do you guys take from this season? Was it a bust or was this season a good look at the bright future the Red Wings look to have in the upcoming seasons. Let us know below.