The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/25/13 at 09:54 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings theoretically came into Game 5 against the Blackhawks determined to win, but they displayed a strange abandonment of their puck possession system, throwing blind passes to either no one or Hawks players in all three zones...They allowed the Hawks' hacks-and-grabs to frustrate them, they allowed the Blackhawks to out-skate them while trying to do far too much as single players, and the Wings took some dumb penalties, made some awful, lazy clearing attempts and allowed Captain Pork Chop and his pals to climb back into this series, taking a 4-1 decision.
Game 5 will take place on Monday night in Detroit (8 PM start), and I'm sure that the rest of my night will be spent reading about how wonderful Jonathan Toews is, how Bryan Bickell (nice charge on Kronwall) and Andrew Shaw (scrum-meister) got the Wings' goat--they did get Abdelkader's--but I'm not willing to give the Hawks much credit here.
The Wings gave his one away. They were out-worked, out-hustled, and out-played, but they never matched the Hawks' urgency and they never matched Chicago's desire, seemingly playing as if the Hawks' nut had already broken (it's cracked, not broken) and splintered...
And instead, the Wings were severely out-shot, severely out-played, and they rather desperately owe Jimmy Howard a series win on Monday.
To do so they'll have to finally adjust to the Handzus faceoff win battle over Zetterberg, they'll have to adjust to the reuniting of Seabrook and Keith, and they'll have to take their heads out of their asses and play like the Detroit Red Wings instead of the, "Throw the puck away, lose one-on-one battles and act surprised when the puck is stripped off your stick and Howard's peppered by his opponents because your asses are standing around" Wings.
Thankfully, Howard was wonderful despite giving up 4 goals, the Hawks still seem flummoxed by the Wings' 3rd line--though it had a very bad game--and when Niklas Kronwall was hit by Bryan Bickell on what was probably both boarding and charging, Kronwall got up, skated away, went to the bench, got a back rub from Piet Van Zant and went back to work (though he sat late, which drove Pierre into an, "OH BOY HE'S HURT" frenzy--um, no, Pierre, you sit him if the Hawks are gonna go after him the way they did after the rest of the Wings' players late in the game)...
While Bickell's nose bled thereafter.
I sincerely hope that what the Hawks have done is exhausted themselves, though I doubt that it's true. We'll find out what the Wings are made of on Monday, and I sure as hell hope that it's sterner stuff than the cheap Wal-Mart plastic bags that tear on their own, which is what we saw this evening.
The Hawks out-shot Detroit 45-26, including 17-4 in the 3rd period...So here's also hoping that whatever energy the Wings lacked is still in their tanks for Monday.
Shots 45-26 Chicago overall. Chicago out-shot Detroit 12-11 in the 1st, 16-11 in the 2nd and 17-4 in the 3rd.
Detroit went 0-for-4 in 6:27 of PP time; Chicago went 2-for-3 in 3:41 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 41 of 45 shots; Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26.
The 3 stars were picked by the "Chicago Media," and they picked Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw.
The Wings' goal: Cleary (4) from Zetterberg (8).
Faceoffs 31-30 Detroit (Detroit won 51%);
Blocked shots 11-8 Detroit;
Missed shots 10-6 Chicago (total attempts 66-40 Chicago);
Hits 25-22 Detroit;
Giveaways 7-5 Chicago;
Takeaways 7-3 Chicago.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-10 (50%); Andersson went 7-and-6 (54%); Zetterberg went 5-and-7 (42%); Emmerton went 5-and-5 (50%); Filppula went 2-and-2 (50%); Eaves and Franzen won their only faceoffs.
Shots: Brunner and Zetterberg led the Wings with 4 shots apiece; Kindl and Nyquist had 3; Smith, Datsyuk and Andersson had 2; Cleary, Emmerton, Kronwall and Franzen had 1
Blocked attempts: Kindl and Eaves had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Nyquist, Brunner and Quincey had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Datsyuk and Kronwall missed the net 2 times; Kindl and Quincey missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 5 hits; Emmerton and Kronwall had 3; Smith, Brunner, Zetterberg and Franzen had 2; Kindl, Eaves, Colaiacovo and Filppula had 1.
Giveaways: Colaiacovo had 2 giveaways; Smith, Eaves and Zetterberg had 1.
Takeaways: Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 3 shots; Kindl blocked 2; Datsyuk, Brunner and Emmerton blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Abdelkader took 2 minor penalties; Kindl, Miller and Colaiacovo took 1 minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -6. Filppula finished at -2; Eaves, Miller, Quincey and Ericsson finished at -1.
Points: Cleary had a goal; Zetterberg had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:16 played; Ericsson played 22:16; Datsyuk played 20:40;
Smith played 20:09; Quincey played 19:47; Abdelkader played 18:18;
Franzen played 17:32; Kindl played 16:51; Zetterberg played 16:41;
Cleary played 15:34; Colaiacovo played 13:59; Brunner played 13:41;
Eaves played 11:53; Andersson played 11:42; Nyquist played 10:33.
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