The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/17/13 at 10:43 PM ET
That was delightful as peeling paint...The Red Wings' "B Team" never got much of a chance to get its legs under it as Teemu Pulkkinen--who's the last guy in the world to go after someone--got 5-and-a-game for boarding Mike Kostka all of 2:16 in, Mitchell Callahan also got kicked out 2:20 into the 2nd (for a similar infraction)...
and nursing 10 forwards and a patchwork lineup heavy on younger players, Detroit walked into the Stanley Cup Champs' building, against a goalie who now has a 10-and-something record against them in Corey Crawford, and as you might imagine, lost 2-0.
With Daniel Alfredsson, Stephen Weiss and Niklas Kronwall wearing "A's," the Wings can at least say that they killed 5 PK's and 2 majors, and Jonas Gustavsson sounded good given that all we had was audio from WGN Radio, stopping 13 shots in the 3rd and 10 in the 2nd for a total of 23...
But he gave up 2 goals, one to Sharp 16:37 into the 2nd--sounded like a clean top-shelfer on a 2-on-1--and a little over a minute later, Ben Smith tipped a point shot past Gustavsson to make it 2-0.
The Wings never rallied, but Jared Coreau pitched a shutout in his first period of pro hockey, stopping 11 shots, and the "good news" goes like this:
Alfredsson played 22:40, Stephen Weiss played 21:05 while going 15-and-7 at the faceoff circle and Todd Bertuzzi played 18:40 with his sleeves rolled up, so that line got a lot of time together...
Niklas Kronwall played 25:34 and Jonathan Ericsson played a massive 27:09;
Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet played almost 20 minutes, and Sproul took 3 shots;
And Drew Miller led the Wings with 5 hits and Eaves had 4.
More stats in a bit--and as the Wings' press did not travel to Chicago, we're going to have to rely on their press for a Hawks-heavy recap.
The Wings head back to Detroit on Red Bird III, where the "B Team" will meet the "A Team" and the Griffins, who departed Traverse City just as I was getting out of the parking lot at 1 PM on Tuesday, and the team will have a full day off.
On Thursday morning, they're going to practice very early--at 9:30 or something--and then head to Boston to play the Bruins at 7 PM. That game will air on Fox Sports Detroit.
Update: Supplemental discipline? *#$%@& if I know.
And yes, the Hawks' media corps and fans really believe this:
The Red Wings were out-shot 13-5 in the first period, 10-8 in the 2nd and 11-6 in the 3rd, or 34-19 overall.
The Wings went 0-for-1 in 2:44 of PP time; Chicago went 0-for-5 in 9:50 of PP time, including 44 seconds of 5-on-3 time and 26 seconds of 4-on-3 time.
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 of 23 over 40 minutes of play; Jared Coreau stopped 11 of 11 in the 3rd; Corey Crawford stopped 19 of 19.
The 3 stars were picked by the "Chicago Media," and they were Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Corey Crawford.
Faceoffs 30-19 Detroit (Detroit won 61%);
Blocked shots 19-9 Chicago;
Missed shots 10-6 Detroit (total attempts 49-38 Chicago, with Detroit firing 19 on net and 19 wide or into Blackhawks players);
Hits 26-25 Detroit;
Takeaways 14-7 Chicago.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Weiss went 15-and-6 (71%); Sheahan went 6-and-7 (46%); Emmerton went 5-and-5 (50%); both Eaves and Athanasiou won 2 faceoffs; Alfredsson lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Emmerton, Bertuzzi and Sproul co-led the team with 3 shots; Ericsson had 2; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Sheahan, Eaves, Miller, Jurco, Callahan and Ouellet had 1.
Blocked attempts: Kronwall fired 2 attempts into Blackhawks players; Nyquist, Paetsch, Emmerton, Bertuzzi, Sproul, OUellet and Athanasiou had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Nyquist, Eaves, Bertuzzi and Ouellet missed the net 2 times; Sproul and Weiss missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Miller led the team with 5 hits; Eaves had 4; sheahan, Emmerton, Jurco, Ericsson, Ouellet and Athanasiou had 2; Alfredsson, nyquist, Paetsch, Sproul and Kronwall had 1.
Giveaways: Gustavsson and Ouellet had giveaways.
Takeaways: Ericsson had 2 takeaways; Alfredsson, Sheahan, Miller, Paetsch and Emmerton had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Miller, Lashoff, Kronwall and Ouellet blocked 2 shots; Sheahan blocked 1.
Penalty minutes: Pulkkinen and Callahan got 5-and-10; Ericsson, Athanasiou and Weiss took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -10. Alfredsson finished at -2; Nyquist, Eaves, Miller, Paetsch, Emmerton, Sproul, Kronwall and Ouellet finished at -1.
Points: The Wings were shut out.
Ice time: Ericsson led the team with 27:09; Kronwall played 25:34; Alfredsson played 22:40;
Weiss played 21:05; Ouellet played 19:40; Bertuzzi played 18:40;
Sproul played 18:30; Miller played 17:36; Nyquist played 16:44;
Emmerton played 16:30; Sheahan played 16:12; Lashoff played 14:59;
Eaves played 13:25; Paetsch played 13:23; Jurco played 10:33;
Athanasiou played 10:01; Callahan played 2:18; Pulkkinen played for six seconds.
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