The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/27/13 at 10:43 PM ET
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.
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.
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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