I think they played a damn good defensive game.
They outplayed Detroit. They shut down their offense, kept the shots to the outside and didn't give them many good scoring chances down low...and the handful they did have, Elliott was the man.
They played very well and deserved the win.
Here come the Blues.
Not ugly as in not effective, but ugly as in we weren't playing good puck possession, making pretty tape-to-tape passes, doing creative moves forcing Wings defenders out of position, etc. Look at Porter's goal- it was so ugly it made Mike Ricci better looking. I don't think anyone would describe that as a "pretty" game, aside from the fact that a shutout of Detroit is always a beautiful thing in itself.
I dunno. I was impressed with the consistency the Blues had the entire game...well, up until they stopped the aggressive forecheck to sit on the lead midway through the 3rd. But even then, that was the plan. At no point during the game did I feel the Wings were taking the momentum away from us, nor did I get anxious/nervous that Detroit was getting sustained pressure that would eventually lead to a goal.
I thought the Blues passed the puck just fine. I thought they had good puck possession and moved the puck well through the neutral zone and gained the blue line on Detroit all day long. They didn't generate a ton of impressive offensive chances, but Steen did hit the post on a nice move and shot, and and there was a back door pass by Tarasenko to Steen I think, who had his stick held and couldn't get wood on the pass. That was a pretty play down low.
Defensively, they were stellar. Detroit couldn't get much going down low at all, and almost all of their shots came from the outside. The few times they did get a chance down low, they either made a nice play to poke it away, block the shot, or Elliott came up big.
We're not a highlight reel team offensively...especially with Oshie & McDonald out. It's defense first with Hitchcock and you grind out goals at the other end. And I think they did that to perfection against Detroit.