The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/15/13 at 10:42 PM ET
Updated w/ highlights and stats: Wings are taking Thursday off. They need the breather: This one ain't right. Whatever happened, the Detroit Red Wings' players owe Jimmy Howard much, much more than a couple of goals over however long what the media is deeming "four games along the Hawks' road to the inevitable Penguins-Hawks Cup Final."
The Detroit Red Wings plain old didn't show up for the second half of a game that could have been theirs...Until they stopped skating and started standing around and staring as the Chicago Blackhawks skated miles around them and easily lapped up all the turnovers, loose pucks and Brendan Smith gaffes that were handed to them en route to a 4-1 win in which the Red Wings' goaltender had to face an utterly stupid 41 shots--with 35 coming in the second and third periods--while his teammates put a measly 14 on Corey Crawford.
It doesn't really matter if the Hawks are "better" over the long haul, or are supposedly on an inevitable course for a series sweep. What matters tonight is that this game was tied 1-1 from the 10:57 mark of the 1st period until the 8:02 mark of the 3rd, and instead of taking the initiative, the Wings stopped playing...
And now they can thank the TV scheduling gods for having two days to reset, finally step up to the puck possession plate and understand that it's not about what the Hawks can do alone--it's about what the Red Wings HAVE to do to, as Ken Daniels just said on FSD, rope-a-dope their way to surprising spoiler wins.
I get that the Wings were still probably halfway through Game 7 of the Wings-Ducks series mentally...But nothing excuses being out-shot 42-21, being out-scored on the power play 1-0 in the same 3 chances.
The Wings got out-hustled, out-ground, out-worked and out-detailed, and it wasn't just Brendan Smith who looked vulnerable on the opening Hossa goal and thereafter...
And even if the Wings didn't out-hit Chicago 43-24, as the stat sheet suggests, the Wings fired 21 shots on Corey Crawford and another 25 wide or into Hawks players, while Chicago had 42 on Howard and another 26 wide/blocked...All because Chicago had the puck.
This is a series of puck possession and the Wings chased it all night long. If the Wings control it, they stand a chance in this series. If not...They're in trouble.
Highlights ain't pretty:
Shots 42-21 Chicago overall. Detroit out-shot Chicago 7-6 in the 1st but were out-shot 17-5 in the 2nd and 19-9 in the 3rd.
The Wings went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time; the Hawks went 1-for-3 in 3:42 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 38 of 41 shots, and the Hawks' last goal was an empty-netter; Corey Crawford stopped 20 of 21.
The 3 stars were picked by "Chicago media," and they picked Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
The Wings' goal: Brunner (3) from Nyquist (2) and Ericsson (2).
Faceoffs 32-29 (Detroit won 52%);
Blocked shots 15-13 Detroit;
Missed shots 12-11 Detroit (shot attempts 68-46 Chicago, with Detroit firing 21 shots ON Crawford and 25 wide or into Hawks players);
Hits 43-24 Detroit;
Giveaways 6-2 Detroit;
Takeaways 11-4 Chicago.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-8; (56%)Andersson went 8-and-7 (53%); Zetterberg went 7-and-3 (70%); Filppula went 3-and-7 (30%); Emmerton went 3-and-3 (50%); Franzen lost his only faceoff; Abdelkader won his only faceoff.
Shots: Zetterberg had 4 shots; Kindl had 3; Smith, Nyquist, Brunner and Andersson had 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Eaves, Colaiacovo, Kronwall and Franzen had 1.
Blocked attempts: Brunner fired 3 shots into Blackhawks players; Datsyuk, Ericsson and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Zetterberg, Filppula and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Abdelkader and Brunner missed the net 2 times; Smith, Datsyuk, Eaves, Colaiacovo, Zetterberg, Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 8 hits; Cleary had 6; Ericsson had 5; Zetterberg had 4; Eaves and Franzen had 3; Smith, Emmerton and Colaiacovo had 2; Kindl, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Brunner, Quincey, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Andersson had 1.
Giveaways: Kronwall was tagged with 2 giveaways; Smith, Quincey, Ericsson and Howard had 1.
Takeaways: Datsyuk, Nyquist, Eaves and Andersson had takeaways.
Penalties taken: Abdelkader took a double minor; Nyquist, Quincey and Kronwall took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -11. Kronwall and Franzen finished at -2; Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Brunner, Colaiacovo, Filppula and Ericsson finished at -1; Smith and Quincey finished at +1.
Points: Brunner scored a goal; Nyquist and Ericsson had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 24:17 played; Ericsson played 21:51; Datsyuk played 21:20;
Zetterberg played 20:34; Smith played 18:56; Franzen played 18:42;
Quincey played 18:00; bdelkader played 17:14; Filppula played 17:12;
Cleary played 16:55; Kindl played 16:51; Colaiacovo played 16:00;
Brunner played 15:42; Nyquist played 14:04; Andersson played 12:56;
Eaves played 10:01; Emmerton played 8:38; Bertuzzi played 7:56.
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