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Red Wings-Blackhawks preseason quick take: brain farts prevail

Updated 4x at 8:33 PM: Well to hell with it. I'd penned an entry detailing the fact that the Wings didn't play from minutes 10-50 en route to a second brain-fart-filled loss, following up a 2-0 loss to Boston with a 4-3 loss to Chicago that wasn't nearly as close as the final minutes' worth of effort indicated, but then my browser ate the damn entry. So discuss and I'll post goals as able.

Put simply, from a hockey perspective, it's good to get the "dumb" out of the way quickly, but the Red Wings' unfocused, sometimes lackadaisical effort and Brendan Smith's gaffes on both evenings sucked donkey balls from a Wings fan's perspective, and I hope the Wings take tomorrow off, re-set and understand that they've really got to crank up their effort, intensity, focus and attention to detail because their "B team" lost to Boston, and their "A team" didn't look much better against Chicago.

Regardless of whether it's the regular season or the preseason, you can't show up for the game's first ten minutes, take off the next 40 and expect to show up for the last 10 and succeed.

The Wings did come out guns blazing, and Tomas Tatar took advantage of a slick net-front pass from a behind-the-net Gustav Nyquist, who'd been grinding it out down low with Joakim Andersson...

But less than a minute later, Brendan Smith was incredibly soft in front of the net off of a Jimmy Howard giveaway, and Howard gave up a softy to Byron Froese...

And with 2:54 left in the 1st, Alexei Marchenko gave the puck away and Brendan Smith let Joakim Nordstrom ramp a shot off his stick and into the top corner of the net:

Marchenko was very good otherwise, as was Landon Ferraro, but the Wings tried to sleepwalk their way to another first-goal-late-wins result, and instead, Smith and Howard got crossed up behind the net  a second time, resulting in this spin-and-shoot goal from Garret Ross 2:29 into the 3rd...

And when Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson gave their Smith impersonations, Babcock decided that Froese's second goal was more than enough reason to give Howard a mercy pulling.

The Wings slowly but surely settled themselves down, and when Jimmy Hayes took a penalty with 7:58 left in the 3rd, Adam Almquist sent the puck to Nyquist, and his shot was tipped shelf by Tomas Tatar with 6:02 left...

And Jonathan Ericsson's late goal--after Jared Coreau had been pulled with 2:30 left--yielded a fast and furious finish...

Including this jab by Zetterberg...

But showing up too late is showing up too late, and the Wings were absent from the game between Tatar's goals.

[edit/update: Here's a full slate of game highlights via RedWingsFeed and NHL.com:

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Update: Amongst the post-game Tweets:

Update #2: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa's already penned a quick recap...

Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist were the offensive stars with two nifty goals. And Jonathan Ericsson scored with the Wings’ net empty with 41 seconds left in the game. Nyquist finished with three assists.

It was the second time the Blackhawks defeated the Wings in a week.

After a pretty goal by Tatar, who hammered in a shot after a deft feed from behind the net by Nyquist at 7:29 of the first period, the scoring was all Chicago until the two highly prized young Red Wings forwards combined again at 12:58 of the third.

On the second one, Nyquist’s ability to hold the puck and freeze the Blackhawks’ defenders was as impressive as Tatar’s hand-eye coordination, when he tipped Nyquist’s shot by Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Otherwise, some breakdowns and give-aways plagued the Red Wings. But the lack of fire power was more noticeable, especially in the second period when they fired 11 shots at Crawford in the Blackhawks net. The Wings seemed to suffer from a lack of net-front presence and finish.

As has MLive's Ansar Khan...

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks got all of their goals from young, relatively unknown players Sunday night, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves for a 4-3 preseason victory at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings (2-3) have scored three goals in two games after their 8-2 victory in Boston on Thursday.

Byron Froese scored two goals for Chicago (3-0-1). His second goal, at 3:25 of the third period, sent goaltender Jimmy Howard to the bench in favor of rookie Jared Coreau. Howard allowed four goals on 20 shots.

Joakim Nordstrom and Garrett Ross also scored for the Blackhawks.

Tatar scored twice and has three goals in the preseason. Jonathan Ericsson scored in the final minute. Nyquist assisted on all three goals.

And his injury updates...

Jordin Tootoo might miss the final three preseason games due to a bruised shoulder, but general manager Ken Holland said he is expected to be ready for the season opener on Oct. 2.

Holland said the club won't know the extent of goaltender Jonas Gustavsson's groin injury for a couple of days.

Daniel Alfredsson (groin) and Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) are day-to-day.

Darren Helm (groin) has skated the past few days but is not close to be cleared to play.

Don't jibe with what Fox Sports Detroit posted on TV:

This guy was stellar, though:

Via RedWingsFeed, the AP's recap is...Bland.

Byron Froese scored his second goal 3:25 into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game Sunday.

Joakim Nordstrom and Garret Ross also scored for Chicago and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Tomas Tatar scored twice for Red Wings (2-3-0), Jonathan Ericsson added a goal and Gustav Nyquist had three assists. Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of 20 shots before being replaced by Jared Coreau early in the third period. Coreau made four saves.

Tatar opened the scoring 7:29 into the game and Froese answered 1:49 later. Nordstrom's tally came with 2:54 left in the first.

Ross and Froese scored less than a minute apart early in the third.

Tatar got his second goal, on the power play, with 7:02 left and Ericsson's goal came with 41 seconds to go.

Update #3:


Shots 33-24 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Chicago 9-8 in the 1st, out-shot Chicago 11-8 in the 2nd and out-shot Chicago 13-8 in the 3rd.

Detroit's PP went 1-for-4 in 6:56 of PP time; the Hawks' power play went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of 20 shots; Jared Coreau stopped 4 of 4; Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 33.

The 3 stars were picked by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and he picked Corey Crawford, Tomas Tatar and Byron Froese.

The Wings' goals: Tatar (1) from Nyquist (1);

Tatar (2) from Nyquist (2) and Almquist (2), PPG;

Ericsson (1) from Nyquist (3) and Emmerton (1).

Faceoffs 31-20 Detroit (Detroit won 61%);

Blocked shots 15-6 Chicago;

Missed shots 14-6 Detroit (total attempts 62-36 Detroit, with Detroit firing 33 shots ON Crawford and 29 wide or into Chicago players);

Hits 17-16 Detroit;

Giveaways 9-8 Detroit;

Takeaways 9-5 Detroit.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 11-and-7 (61%); Andersson went 9-and-6 (60%); Glendening went 6-and-3 (67%); Emmerton went 4-and-3 (57%); Tatar won his only faceoff; Nyquist lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Abdelkader led the team with 7 shots; Zetterberg had 6; Datsyuk had 5; Nyquist, Tatar, Emmerton and Samuelsson had 2; Smith, Sheahan, Paetsch, Ferraro, Ericsson, Almquist and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Both Smith and Ferraro fired 3 shots into Hawks players; Almquist and Kronwall had 2 attempts blocked; Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Ericsson fired 1 shot into Hawks players.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 3 times and had a total of 10 attempts; Samuelsson missed the net 2 times and had a total of 5 attempts; Tatar missed the net 2 times and had a total of 4 attempts; Abdelkader, Andersson, Paetsch, Emmerton, Glendening, Marchenko and Ericsson missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader and Ericsson had 3 hits; Paetsch and Aubry had 2; Smith, Nyquist, Emmerton, Ferraro, Marchenko, Almquist and Kronwall had 1.

Giveaways: Smith had 2 giveaways; Abdelkader, Andersson, Tatar, Emmerton, Ferraro, Aubry and Marchenko had giveaways.

Takeaways: Datsyuk was given 4 takeaways--preseason stat!--and Abdelkader, Andersson, Zetterberg, Ericsson and Almquist had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Paetsch blocked 2 shots; Emmerton, Glendening, Marchenko and Kronwall blocked 1.

Penalty minutes: Smith, Datsyuk and Kronwall took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: Ugly. The Wings finished at a collective -9. Smith, Abdelkader, Datsyuk and Zetterberg all finished at -2; Ferraro, Aubry, Samuelsson, Glendening, Marchenko and Kronwall finished at -1; Tatar finished at +1; Nyquist and Andersson finished at +2.

Points: Nyquist had 3 assists; Tatar had 2 goals; Ericsson scored a goal; Emmerton and Almquist had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:36 played; Ericsson played 21:21; Smith played 20:47;

Abdelkader played 20:25; Andersson played 20:14; Zetterberg played 19:42;

Datsyuk played 19:26; Marchenko played 18:50; Tatar played 16:18;

Nyquist played 15:54; Almquist played 15:49; Paetsch played 15:04;

Samuelsson played 14:48; Glendening played 12:58; Emmerton played 12:27;

Sheahan played 10:31; Ferraro played 10:19; Aubry played 7:51.


Update #4: Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus' recap now has quotes added to the mix:

“We played really good hockey in the third period,” Tatar said. “We gave up some freebies at the start, so I think that decided the game.”

Tatar and Nyquist continue to show terrific chemistry playing together, as both hope to solidify their spots on the 2013-14 roster.

“We are really good friends off the ice and really good friends on the ice,” Tatar said. “We’ve known each other for a long time, we’ve played together in the minors and it’s just been fun to play with those guys.”

Babcock said he couldn’t ask anything else out of these two budding forwards.

“I thought Tatar has been really good and I thought Gus got better here as it’s gone on, which is important,” Babcock said. “Their job is to put as much pressure on the coach and general manager as they possibly can to be here. That’s all you can ask a kid to do, and they’re doing that."


“You start on time, you get ahead and then you close out the game; that’s how hockey works,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Catchup hockey is losing hockey, let’s not kid ourselves, but we had a good push at the end. It was good to work on our 6-on-5. We had enough people in the game to work on that, so that was a positive for us.”

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Well a plus is Glendenning seems like a legit penalty killer. He can look down right Helm like on the PK. Coureau and Mrzak both would be competent backups if they put Gus on LTIR. Tatar is legit and we all know it.

For the minuses….
Smith is looking well….not good. He has skills but no brains. That may seem extreme but hes been known for these mistakes at every level.
Sammy being on this team is a joke. If he was not signed with us he would be one of these guys still sitting unsigned or heading back to Europe. He is invisible until hes making mistake on point on the PP.
Maybe other people are seeing something else but Sheahan has done nothing for me. I see about 7 players above him on the prospect list (at least). Puck doesnt ‘follow’ him.

Posted by brians neck on 09/22/13 at 07:59 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Z shaved?

W Tee Eff?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/22/13 at 09:15 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Good to hear how Kostka and Pulkkinen handled the situation… I think that just goes to show, there really wasn’t intent by Pulkkinen, more an issue of an anxious young kid, playing on the smaller ice, with a ton of nervous energy, wanting to make something happen.

That’s not at all to excuse what he did… I think a suspension was in order if for nothing more than to say, “Hey kid, things happen way faster in the NHL… don’t do that again.” And ultimately, the fact that they dinged him for four pre-season games seems fair given that we’re not talking about a player that will play regular season games this year, nor a player with any sort of history, even in juniors overseas, of being a dirty player.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/23/13 at 09:30 AM ET

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