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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 5 quick take: Wings defeat themselves

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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PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

it’s almost as if the Wings resigned themselves to Chicago winning at home, so why burn themselves out trying to stop it…and then just coming back to Detroit and ending the series.

I seriously hope they aren’t about to learn a very, very difficult lesson about why you NEVER give one away in the playoffs.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/25/13 at 10:59 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

My facebook wall just lit up with my Blackhawk fan friends. You’d swear that they’d just won The Cup by their posts…

Uninspired game by both teams.  The highly talented and #1 team in the league used their talent to win a game that was left available for them.  Oh well.  That’s gonna happen.  Time to get some orange slices and remind ourselves that if we try on Monday, this series can be over.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/25/13 at 11:00 PM ET


I was starting to think the roller coaster ride was over. But this team can still surprise us on any given night, either with an effort like Game 2, or an effort like tonight.

It’s really frustrating to watch them do so many things badly, when they did them so well about a week ago.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/25/13 at 11:01 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Yes pretty much a team self destruction.  Games happen like this and no one will ever figure out how they happen. Every sport at every level.

Wings must win back at the Joe not liking going back to Chicago for a Game 7.

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/25/13 at 11:01 PM ET

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Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/25/13 at 11:00 PM ET

You are more optimistic than me…what I saw, the “real” Hawks team….the one that finished first in the conference. This did NOT inspire me confidence. 4 shots in the third? Pathetic…...

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/25/13 at 11:02 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

You are more optimistic than me…what I saw, the “real” Hawks team….the one that finished first in the conference. This did NOT inspire me confidence. 4 shots in the third? Pathetic…...

I’m a Cubs AND Lions fan.  I know nothing but optimism…because if I don’t keep my hopes up life will come crashing down on me HARD.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/25/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

The roller coaster continues.
1 loss is 1 loss regardless of how bad.
Regroup time. Game 6 at home is still theirs for the taking no matter how bad they looked tonight.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/25/13 at 11:07 PM ET

gowings's avatar

“I’m a Cubs AND Lions fan.  I know nothing but optimism…because if I don’t keep my hopes up life will come crashing down on me HARD.”

You are truly a better person than I am smile It is indeed a better perspective to have…give me a few more years…..or a Wing victory Monday?

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/25/13 at 11:09 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

what I saw, the “real” Hawks team

I didn’t really see the Hawks doing anything all that special.  the Wings seemed content to just throw the puck back to them.  no real energy or spark from either team, from my perspective.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/25/13 at 11:13 PM ET

Bent's avatar

My facebook wall just lit up with my Blackhawk fan friends. You’d swear that they’d just won The Cup by their posts…

Were they the same one chanting “we want the cup” in the third?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/25/13 at 11:19 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’ll copy my post from the LB because, yeah… it sums my thoughts and feelings up nicely.

Chicago’s been crying that they needed some luck to go their way.  They got it tonight.  Do we really think they’ll get it two more games in a row?

This is what mighty CHI is reduced to: crying and hoping for bounces and luck.  I kept waiting for them to turn it on after going up 3-1, and… they never did.

They don’t have another gear, guys.  Chicago is not going to come out firing on all cylinders in some new way.  Much like the Ducks, they don’t seem to have that next gear we fear kicking in.  This *is* them.  We’re 5 games in now and if you’re going to tell me CHI has another gear I’m calling obvious bullsh*t on it, because they don’t or we would have seen it.

I came into this game truly believing DET would end it tonight.  Bad luck, and bad officiating, saw to it CHI lives for one more game at least.  DET gets last change next game, and benefit on faceoffs.  Lets’ see CHI prove they can handle that, since DET absolutely murdered them in the dot at the Joe and Quenneville still hasn’t proven he can joust with another coach and hold his own.

Basically, no need to panic or worry.  Would have loved to end it tonight on CHI’s home ice, but it wasn’t in the cards.  I see no obvious signs of CHI being able to roll for two more games.

Toss this one away and forget it, because every game for DET this playoffs is completely different anyways.  Good or bad.

Posted by Primis on 05/25/13 at 11:20 PM ET

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Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/25/13 at 10:59 PM ET

That’s what I thought I was witnessing. After the Chicago came out guns-ablazin’, I saw some effort on the first Red Wing PP, and then the Wings just kinda turned it off like they could afford to give up a game.

The Hawks definitely took advantage of the last change and getting the matchups they wanted tonight. Hopefully we can turn the tables on Monday when that advantage is in our favor.


Posted by SandysWingingit on 05/25/13 at 11:25 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

When you look at the player’s time on ice it looks pretty balanced. Did Babcock do this on purpose or coincidental?

Give the shitcago home crowd some jollies. Fans chanting we want the cup? Finish it at the Joe and make em bitter this summer watching their wait till next year sox and cubs. Let them reap what they sew.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 05/25/13 at 11:49 PM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

If this had been a Scotty Bowman coached team, I would have almost said that the Wings almost threw this game, let the Hawks feel like they’ve got some momentum, and then crush them in game 6 at home.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 05/26/13 at 12:47 AM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

In recent history, the Red Wings have had a very tough time closing teams out in Game 5 when they’re up 3-1. Honestly, this game reminded me a lot of the 96 WCF against the Avalanche, with the Wings playing the role of the Avs. I think the parallel will continue, with the Wings winning at home in Game 6.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 05/26/13 at 01:33 AM ET

SandysWingingit's avatar

They wouldn’t…nah…would they? Could the Wings have been playing ‘possum, so they could take the Hawks down at the Joe? That’s crazy…crazy brilliant, lol!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 05/26/13 at 08:27 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

What a shitty game.

That’s all I got.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/26/13 at 10:09 AM ET

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