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by George Malik on 05/29/13 at 11:03 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in OT of Game 7 of the teams' second-round series on Wednesday night, ending the Red Wings' season.
Let me know what you think, espeially given that the Walkom call was wiped out by Gustav Nyquist being boarded on the game-winner.
After the game, Keith Jones simply said, "The right team won" and Mike Milbury offered, "I agree."
Fox Sports Detroit's crew is baffled as to why Gustav Nyquist was boarded face-first and the game-winner--which went off Niklas Kronwall's skate--resulted.
Update: to me, the officiating was terrible on both sides--all series long--and I know, Datsyuk and Franzen never appeared offensively, I know, too many mistakes were made by the mistake-prone defense, I know, the Wings desperately needed more puck movement, more depth scoring, more desire to engage the Hawks head-on instead of skating BY them or AROUND them...
But the hockey world is going to insist that this game was won by the hockey gods, that the RIGHT team won, and that's bullshit.
Update #2: Devastating.
The Wings gave up three games...But I can't help but feeling that losing Game 1 was what turned the tide, oddly enough...
Did the Wings choke?
I don't know.
Did the Wings let the Hawks off the mat, and did they never really respond or regain their composure once they let the battleship that was Chicago get into a gunfight with the little PT boat that was the Wings?
Did the Wings give up that all-important first goal and first goal far too early, to Patrick Sharp? Yes.
Did the Wings seem to be overwhelmed and out-everythinged during the first 30 minutes? Yes.
Did their special teams stink? Yes. 1 for 24. Terrible.
But that third period was one of the ages. Henrik Zetterberg played amazing hockey. The team stepped up despite losing Valtteri Filppula and it played wonderfully.
And after Nyquist was boarded and Kronwall accidentally tipped the puck past his own goalie in OT...
They shook hands with their opponents like a classy team with a bright future and owned up to not playing well enough, regardless of what the officiating did or did not mean to the course of the game.
Faceoffs 32-29 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);
Blocked shots 15-13 Chicago;
Missed shots 10-10 (Detroit had 27 shots on Crawford and 25 blocked/wide for a total of 52 attempts; Chicago had 58 attempts);
Hits 38-36 Detroit;
Giveaways 14-6 Chicago;
Takeaways 9-6 Chicago.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 12-and-14 (46%); Zetterberg went 12-and-9 (57%); Andersson went 5-and-5 (50%); Emmerton went 2-and-0 (100%); Abdelkader won his only faceoff; Cleary lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Abdelkader led the team with 5 shots; Zetterberg had 4; Nyquist, Brunner, Emmerton, Andersson and Franzen had 3; Datsyuk had 2; Colaiacovo had 1.
Blocked attempts: Kindl, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Franzen hit Hawks players 2 times; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Brunner, Emmerton and Colaiacovo hit Hawks players 1 time.
Missed shots: Kronwall and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Smith, Cleary, Datsyuk, Miller, Emmerton and Zetterberg missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 9 hits; Quincey had 5; Kronwall had 4; Datsyuk had 3; Kindl, Cleary, Miller, Emmerton and Franzen had 2; Smith, Nyquist, Eaves, Colaiacovo, Zetterberg, Ericsson and Andersson had 1.
Giveaways: Ericsson had 2 takeaways; Smith, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Howard had 1.
Takeaways: Datsyuk had 3 takeaways; Kindl, Abdelkader and Franzen had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 4 shots; Colaiacovo blocked 3; Quincey blocked 2; Kindl, Miller, Brunner and Franzen blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Abdelkader, Emmerton, Quincey, Ericsson and Andersson were tagged with minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -5. Cleary, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen finished at -1.
Points: Zetterberg had a goal; Nyquist and Cleary had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 28:24 played; Ericsson played 26:19; Smith played 23:03;
Datsyuk played 21:41; Franzen played 21:01; Quincey played 20:59;
Zetterberg played 20:49; Abdelkader played 19:53; Cleary played 18:27;
Miller played 16:20; Nyquist played 16:13; Andersson played 14:52;
Kindl played 13:30; Brunner played 12:06; Colaiacovo played 12:06;
Emmerton played 10:28; Eaves played 10:16; Filppula played 1:28.
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