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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 6 quick take: self-inflicted wounds

Updated 4x at 11:44 PM, with highlights and stats, and, put bluntly? Depth wins you playoff games and loses you playoff games. And the Wings' depth players are, by and large, young and/or inexperienced. There's a reason that the Wings kept the Drapers and Maltbys around for so long, at the expense of some serviceable players. Because, come playoff time, experience is invaluable and veteran savvy means fewer mistakes. This has been a team whose playoff run has been marred by mistakes because it has so little experience and because its veterans are overcompensating for the lack thereof.

The Detroit Red Wings 4-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks yields a Game 7 on Wednesday in Chicago, it yields the Red Wings having given control of this series back to the Blackhawks thanks to three successively poorly-played games, and it makes me wonder whether the hockey gods want the Wings or the Hawks to win this one.

Depending on your point of view, Johan Franzen either did or did not have control of the puck on the 2-2 goal. Depending on your point of view, the penalty shot that decided this game was either awarded because Carlo Colaiacovo slashed Michal Frolik on the hands/stick, or because one of many, many chintzy calls this game was marred by because the referee saw what he wanted to saw.

There is no doubt that the Detroit Red Wings were out-played and mostly predated upon by a team that saw Brendan Smith and the Wings' defensemen play lazy hockey along their goal line and down low, and there is no doubt that the Wings gave this one away. But some breaks are deserved...And some are cheap shots.

But you don't get into a gunfight with a deeper Hawks team, and for far too much of tonight's game, the Wings stood and watched while the Hawks possessed the puck, and, eventually, they stood and watched the Hawks score goals on a goaltender who is still owed for Game 5 and is now seriously owed a remarkable Game 7 performance from teammates who let him down, despite Howard's poor penalty shot performance.

Statistics:

Shots 38-28 Detroit overall. The teams were tied in shots in the 1st, 10-10, Detroit out-shot Chicago 18-10 in the 2nd and out-shot Chicago 10-8 in the 3rd.

Chicago went 1-for-5 in 5:18 of PP time; Detroit went 0-for-3 in 4:47.

Howard stopped 24 of 28; Crawford stopped 35 of 38.

The 3 stars were picked by Nicholas J. Cotsonika, and he picked Andersson, Hossa and Bickell.

The Wings' goals: Eaves (1) from Miller (1) and Smith (3);

Andersson (1) from Kindl (4);

Brunner (5) from Datsyuk (6) and Cleary (5).

Faceoffs 36-23 Detroit (Detroit won 61%);

Blocked shots 11-10 Chicago;

Missed shots 11-11 (Detroit had 38 shots ON Crawford and 22 wide/blocked, or a total of 70 attempts);

Hits 29-16 Detroit;

Giveaways 12-3 Detroit;

Takeaways 5-4 Chicago.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 14-and-10 (58%); Zetterberg went 8-and-6 (57%); Emmerton went 6-and-5 (55%); Andersson went 8-and-1 (89%); Filppula lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Franzen and Datsyuk co-led the team with 6 shots; Zetterberg and Filppula had 4; Quincey had 3; Kindl, Cleary, Eaves, Brunner and Ericsson had 2; Smith, Abdelkader, Cleary, Nyquist, Miller and Andersson had 1.

Blocked attempts: Datsyuk, Ericsson and Franzen fired 2 pucks into Hawks players; Kindl, Cleary, Quincey, Colaiacovo and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 3 times; Franzen and Abdelkader missed the net 2 times; Smith, Filppula, Kronwall and Andersson missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Adelkader had 5 hits; Cleary and Emmerton had 3; Nyquist, Eaves, Miller, Filppula, Ericsson and Franzen had 2; Smith, Kindl, Datsyuk, Brunner, Colaiacovo and Zetterberg had 1.

Giveaways: Kindl had 4 giveaways; Franzen had 2; Cleary, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Andersson had 1.

Takeaways: Brunner, Emmerton, Quincey and Zetterberg had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 3 Blackhawks shots; Miller and Colaiacovo blocked 2; Kindl, Datsyuk and Emmerton blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at +5 collectively. Smith, Abdelkader, Quincey, Zetterberg and Filppula were -1; Kindl, Nyquist, Eaves, Miller, Emmerton, Colaiacovo, Kronwall and Andersson were +1; Brunner was +2.

Points: Eaves, Brunner and Andersson scored goals; Smith, Kindl, Cleary, Datsyuk and Miller had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:14 played; Ericsson played 23:25; Datsyuk played 20:26;

Franzen played 20:26; Zetterberg played 20:01; Cleary played 18:16;

Kindl played 18:15; Quincey played 17:19; Abdelkader played 16:44;

Smith played 16:29; Filppula played 16:26; Colaiacovo played 15:00;

Miller played 12:36; Brunner played 11:53; Emmerton played 10:55;

Eaves played 9:57; Andersson played 9:43; Nyquist played 7:48.

Update: The NHL Tonight's posted kind-of-sort-of highlights...

Michael Frolik spoke to the NHL Network after the game...

Here's Hawks coach Joel Quenneville's post-game presser...

And here's Wings coach Mike Babcock's post-game presser:

Update #2.5: Oh boy, Toews post-game:

Update #3: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posted cell phone videos of Henrik Zetterberg...

And Niklas Kronwall speaking with the media:

Update #4: Here's a slate of highlights narrated by the CBC:

Update #4: Oh boy. NHL.com posted post-game clips of Michael Frolik...

And Bryan Bickell...

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If that’s a “slash” by Cola, then the Hawks should’ve had about 20 slashing penalties called against them in this game.

Posted by Marisabel on 05/27/13 at 10:48 PM ET

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We won the last Game 7 on the road. Let’s do it again! 

That being said, how did Babs not have these guys ready to fight to start the 3rd period?  My dead grandmother knew Chicago would be coming guns-a-blazin’ in that period and we came out like it was another game in mid-February.  C’mon coach, get these boys pumped!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/27/13 at 10:49 PM ET

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Smith needs some time to sit and think about things. Jebsus. He was awful out there.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/27/13 at 10:54 PM ET

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Why Fil and Franzen play hockey is beyond me! The top 6 is a wreck with these 2 Ghosts.

Not optimistic about Game 7 in Chicago unless these 2 get going.

Time for Z to let some players know what he thinks.

Oh well Game 7 for the underdogs!

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/27/13 at 10:57 PM ET

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Forget it. We are done.

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/27/13 at 11:01 PM ET

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I thought Mule played a pretty decent game (and if his hit was a penalty, then the hit on Kronner in G5 was too) and he had that look in his eyes like there was a goal in him tonight (apparently there wasn’t).  But yes, Fil is essentially a nerf ball on skates.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/27/13 at 11:02 PM ET

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Shaving my beard tomorrow morning, and putting the jersey I’ve worn all playoff long to wash, right now

Thats about as much as I can do for this team, unfortunetly

Anyone have a time machine? I’ll turn myself off until game 7, I guess..
GOD DAMN IT

Posted by Zqto on 05/27/13 at 11:02 PM ET

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Forget it. We are done.

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/27/13 at 11:01 PM ET

We’ve still got a game left.  A game we can win.  We’ve seen the best Chicago has to offer.  If we keep from stepping on our own skates, we can take these guys in G7.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/27/13 at 11:03 PM ET

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I’m so tired of them playing bad hockey. We’ve seen them pull real puck possession out of nowhere and control any team over the last few seasons, but it happens so rarely. Why can’t Babcock get them to play the way they did in Game 2, or Game 4 against the Ducks, with regularity? It’s the only way the Detroit Red Wings can win as long as they continue drafting high skill, smaller players and skilled defensemen.

They can’t win if they constantly make weak or blind tosses up the boards to clear the zone, or rely on unscreened wrist shots from the wings for 50% of their shots on goal, or struggle to hit 10 shots on goal every period, or play extremely passive defense that relies more on stick work than moving a guy OFF of your goalie, or…so on and so forth.

I feel like they do so many things badly these days. They just don’t play hockey the way they should.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/27/13 at 11:14 PM ET

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All the carping and complaining in the world won’t change the fact that these guys have made their bed, one game

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/27/13 at 11:17 PM ET

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Giveaways 12-3 Detroit;

That’s it right there. This game was once again GIVEN away. How the hell do you come out in the most important 3rd period of the season and lay such a big egg?

Also, 21 goals allowed in the 3rd period plus OT this playoff year?

I seriously doubt it’s going to get any better on Wednesday

Posted by socalwingnut on 05/27/13 at 11:19 PM ET

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They have to win game 7 on the road.

Anyone counting them out?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/27/13 at 11:21 PM ET

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If so

F u

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/27/13 at 11:21 PM ET

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They have to win game 7 on the road.

Anyone counting them out?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/27/13 at 11:21 PM ET

Not me.  LGRW!

Yeah, there is a bunch of stuff to complain about, but we can still take these guys.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/27/13 at 11:22 PM ET

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I don’t care about this or that chance that the Wings didn’t convert on, or standing and watching the Hawks, or whatever…

The fact of the matter is the Wings would have at the very least still been playing hockey right now but for Dan O’Halloran.  There is no way that play by Coliacovo warranted a penalty shot.  Excuses or no excuses, this series has been called consistently up until that douche bag stepped in and everything changed.  The way the third period went was on the refs.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/27/13 at 11:25 PM ET

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sit flip and put in TooToo at least he can hit Pickle ......  the NHL should be embarrassed of the officiating ...it’s all about the ratings nothing more ... but to let the refs decide the freaking outcome is disgusting PATHETIC NHL

as much as I love hockey I have about had enough of the corruptance with Bettman in charge

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/27/13 at 11:26 PM ET

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Brandon Smith sucks and will never be more than a 4th d-man. He had one good game and everyone was acting like he was the next big thing.

I actually hope we get drilled 5-0 so that we can see some real changes in the off-season. God forbid we come up just short and Holland sits on his hands (like he has done for at least three years now) thinking we have a good team. At least with this run, guys like Nyquist, Anderson and Kindl have some good trade value. Sell high and get some proven players back.

Posted by Labatt Blue Bear on 05/27/13 at 11:29 PM ET

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I’m so tired of them playing bad hockey. We’ve seen them pull real puck possession out of nowhere and control any team over the last few seasons, but it happens so rarely. Why can’t Babcock get them to play the way they did in Game 2, or Game 4 against the Ducks, with regularity? It’s the only way the Detroit Red Wings can win as long as they continue drafting high skill, smaller players and skilled defensemen.


Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/27/13 at 11:14 PM ET

  maybe because a lot of the lineup is a bunch of kids who are playing in their first NHL season and first NHL playoffs ... no one and I mean NO ONE can play at the top of their game EVERY single game, they are human afterall

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/27/13 at 11:30 PM ET

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I don’t care about this or that chance that the Wings didn’t convert on, or standing and watching the Hawks, or whatever…

The fact of the matter is the Wings would have at the very least still been playing hockey right now but for Dan O’Halloran.  There is no way that play by Coliacovo warranted a penalty shot.  Excuses or no excuses, this series has been called consistently up until that douche bag stepped in and everything changed. The way the third period went was on the refs.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/27/13 at 11:25 PM ET

exactly the way Bettman wanted it to go ... that is why he brought in O’Halloran he knows who is in his pocket .... the NHL is corrupt just like the NBA where Bettman came from

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/27/13 at 11:32 PM ET

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he had a clear breakaway and the slash took away his shot a penalty shot everytime sorry wings fans it sucks i would be pissed too but rules are rules and your teams subtle interference that you’ve been getting away with winner take all 7th game bring it on

Posted by pucksnut on 05/27/13 at 11:32 PM ET

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Smith needs some time to sit and think about things. Jebsus. He was awful out there.

“Awful” would be two or three steps up from where Smith played tonight. It’s the worst game played by a Wings defenseman the entire year.

Fil is essentially a nerf ball on skates.

Well said. And if he thinks anyone is going to pay him $5M a year for the kind of hockey he’s played this year, especially in the playoffs, he’s delusional.

But in the end, I ain’t even mad. Given the injuries and the number of rookies on this team, I’m shocked they made it this far. If Holland does his job this summer, the Wings that enter the playoffs next year will be a much more capable, and much more experienced, group – especially if they lose some of the dead weight.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/27/13 at 11:35 PM ET

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Pfft. There’s been so much “subtle interference” on both sides that it’s silly. The grabs, the gropes, the tackles, it’s the fact that Bickell can go in and rugby-scrum-eye-gouge Abdelkader, that both teams can high stick each other and graze each other with high stick checks to the face, that both teams can cross-check, hack, whack, stick-slew-foot, blatantly interfere with non-puck-carriers attempting to skate toward the puck, blatantly deny scoring chances by literally tackling and sitting on players, all the cheap shit that goes on between and especially after the whistles…

And yet it’s those stick-to-the-hand fouls that are being called. The ONLY things that are being called.

The refereeing has been terrible, truly terrible, all playoffs long, on all sides. Sticks to hands. Only penalty consistently enforced. Everything else depends on the shift and whether the quota’s been filled for the game.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/27/13 at 11:37 PM ET

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I have 0 confidence in going to Chicago and winning a game 7. Anaheim and Phoenix are a different animal compared to playing in a hostile environment that will be the United Center on Wednesday. The only chance we might have is that this team plays better when they are counted out. Everyone will be picking the Hawks to win and who knows maybe they will choke under pressure. We can only hope….

Posted by Labatt Blue Bear on 05/27/13 at 11:38 PM ET

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he had a clear breakaway and the slash took away his shot a penalty shot everytime sorry wings fans it sucks i would be pissed too but rules are rules and your teams subtle interference that you’ve been getting away with winner take all 7th game bring it on

Posted by pucksnut on 05/27/13 at 11:32 PM ET

You tell me how that Kronwall on Kane breakaway didn’t deserve a penalty shot then…

I’m sorry you don’t get slashed in the hands and then reverse the puck in the other direction when you’ve been slashed too hard to control the puck.  2 minutes?  Maybe?  A penalty shot though?  ...I guess Dan O’Halloran must have been part of the brain trust that nominated Quenneville for the Jack Adams.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/27/13 at 11:41 PM ET

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“Subtle interference”

A good way to know if you’re a wannabe fan is if you start quoting announcers paid by your team as if it is fact.

Posted by ExiledinLA on 05/27/13 at 11:45 PM ET

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Depth wins you playoff games and loses you playoff games. And the Wings’ depth players are, by and large, young and/or inexperienced. There’s a reason that the Wings kept the Drapers and Maltbys around for so long, at the expense of some serviceable players. Because, come playoff time, experience is invaluable and veteran savvy means fewer mistakes. This has been a team whose playoff run has been marred by mistakes because it has so little experience and because its veterans are overcompensating for the lack thereof.

I take a little issue with this George.  We had three goals from 3rd and 4th liners tonight.  Smith was bad, but in the words of Rob Roy, “it ain’t the child that needs killin.’”  The vets weren’t bad defensively, but they were non-issues beyond their own blue line.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/27/13 at 11:48 PM ET

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Smitty with 2 more brain tarts costing goals. 12-3 in giveaways?  Don’t deserve to win that way.

There is no professional sport except wrasslin, with worse officiating that determines the outcome of a game. None..

We have won 6 straight elimination games in the past month and a half and I believe have another one if they eliminate the dumb mistakes. The hawks are not that good. They have proved that in this series.

 

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/27/13 at 11:49 PM ET

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About the Wings blueline.

Got to be said.  Kronwall and Ericsson have been phenomenal on the blue line all playoff long.  So impressed.

Smith is a work in progress, double edge sword right now. I think the decision was made before the playoffs started that they were gonna stick with Smith the whole way, through thick or thin.  He’s going to be very important to the Wings future.

Kindl has been great.  Really impressed.
Cola…well not so impressive.  He’s a veteran, but it seems like he’s making rookie mistakes with the rest of the rookies.

Quincey has been steady and that’s really good for the team.

Get Dekeyser back in and I think this blueline is going to be very strong very soon.

Posted by cochy on 05/27/13 at 11:51 PM ET

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These officials can’t even call an offside puck. Garbage game, garbage officiating. The league gets another game 7 and I need a new tinfoil hat.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/27/13 at 11:54 PM ET

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Why can’t Babcock get them to play the way they did in Game 2, or Game 4 against the Ducks, with regularity?

No team or player is as good as they look at their best or worst.  The truth is always somewhere in the middle.  The Red Wings have enough talent to beat just about anyone when their play approaches its peak, but they don’t have enough talent to beat the very best teams when those teams are playing well.  You can blame it on officials or lack of experience (laughable given no franchise has played more playoff games in the last decade) or whatever else you want but that’s the inescapable reality of where the Red Wings are as an organization.

Posted by RoneFace on 05/27/13 at 11:57 PM ET

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I’d love to complain about the horrific officiating tonight, but what can I say that the 16 teams that made the Play-offs haven’t already said. If the NFL didn’t have their little “replacement refs” issue, this would be the worst prolonged stretch of bad officiating I’ve ever seen.

But, we’ve still got to kill our penalties and put the puck in the net on our Power Plays.  The refs have been atrocious for all the teams this play-off year. They aren’t just picking on us, they’re ruining the fun for EVERY TEAM!  It’s up to us to play through them and earn a win in Chicago.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/27/13 at 11:59 PM ET

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Smith is a work in progress, double edge sword right now. I think the decision was made before the playoffs started that they were gonna stick with Smith the whole way, through thick or thin.  He’s going to be very important to the Wings future.

A dose of sanity and perspective.  Much needed.  Thank you for that.

Let it be noted that Smith also made a really great play along the wall to set up the first goal.  It’s not like he’s been worthless out there.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/28/13 at 12:01 AM ET

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but what can I say that the 16 teams that made the Play-offs haven’t already said.

My team had a game deciding goal against off of a BS penalty shot?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/28/13 at 12:02 AM ET

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Let it be noted that Smith also made a really great play along the wall to set up the first goal.  It’s not like he’s been worthless out there.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/28/13 at 12:01 AM ET

Agreed.  I have a really hard time pinning this one on Smith.  Enough goals were scored to cover for his mistakes but for some aforementioned factors….

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/28/13 at 12:05 AM ET

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NHL refs have always been bad. People talk about the NFL replacement refs but they forget that the NHL is the only league to allow a champion to be crowned (99’ Dallas Stars) on a clear “no goal”. I need one of those bumper stickers “NO GOAL - *#$%@& BETTMAN”

Posted by Labatt Blue Bear on 05/28/13 at 12:16 AM ET

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My 2 cents
1. The Wings will go as far as their team defense allows them. They win when they gave up 0-1 goals. They lose the 3 they gave up 4 goals. They have a shot outscoring Anaheim. They don’t have a shot outscoring Chicago. During the regular season, when they scored three goals, their record was great (but not perfect, like tonight). There is nothing new here. The Wings don’t have enough offense this year to overcome their weaknesses. The Wings defense is young, and was the one thing Chicago had a clear advantage over Detroit. Not goalie, and one could argue the offenses have battled to a draw over 6 games.
2. Chicago has never rallied from 3 games to 1 down if the news story is correct, the odds were still 8% I believe in rallying in general, and it’s on Chicago to win as the favorites, just like Anaheim.
3. I’d rather save the discussion on Ken Holland and his past year until the Wings are officially out, and there’s no way I think they’re finished now. Bring on Game 7. I’m not saying the Wings are favorites at all, but the last thing I’m going to do given surprise after surprise of this team in the last month is write them off now.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/28/13 at 12:40 AM ET

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Oh, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought Brendan Smith’s reputation was as an offensive defenseman who gambles. I hadn’t been following that closely before this year, but to hearken back to a previous Mlive contributor:
http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2007/06/wings_pick_brendan_smith_27th.html

Posted by Bugsy on 05/28/13 at 12:46 AM ET

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Our slow starts and the cursed third periods… gaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 05/28/13 at 12:48 AM ET

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I can’t wrap my head around at how much the league coddles its referees. Yes, they are human, yes, they make mistakes and expecting perfection from them is unrealistic. But if the league has no problem fining Coaches, Management and Players publicly, while even releasing videos that extensively discuss infractions by Players, why can’t it subject referees to the same system? Why isn’t there transparency and communication with the public when it comes to how the referees are assessed after each game and what feedback they receive to improve? Why are referees not available to be interviewed after games?

I get that no league, not just the N.H.L., wants to have its integrity questioned by having the referees defend their game decisions, but this isn’t an issue of integrity, but of sheer incompetence. From that ‘off-side goal’ against Nashville at the start of this condensed season, to pretty much every single series in these playoffs, the officials have goofed up blatantly and inexcusably. Trying to shove the problems under the rug only fans the flames of conspiracy theories.

Having said all that, I really hope the Wings come to play for game seven, unlike the flat start to the game and again to third period they came up with.

Posted by Adi from India on 05/28/13 at 02:03 AM ET

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Maybe if Detroit paid a goalie 8 million a year they could win a home game where they score 3 and only give up 28 shots?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/28/13 at 04:14 AM ET

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