The Malik Report
by George Malik on 01/23/14 at 12:08 AM ET
I'm not sure words are adequate to describe how much the Red Wings' 5-4 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks means to the team, to their playoff hopes, to the players' confidence and especially to the seppuku-inclined fan base.
I'm not sure if it will mean much if the Wings don't build upon this game by defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, and the Habs got smacked 5-1 by Pittsburgh.
This game had all the thrills, chills and especially self-inflicted spills of a classic Red Wings-Blackhawks afair (please see the Cleary-Helm-Bertuzzi line ending up at -3 and Smith having an assist on the 2-1 goal and an assist on the Hawks' game-tying goal, and the Wings' 24-and-44 faceoff record for that matter), it had the "dirty" plays and dives and truculence of a playoff affair...
And the result was surprisingly and almost disturbingly delivered by a Darren Frickin' Helm shootout goal and a shaky-and-wonderful performance by Jonas Gustavsson, as well as three Zetterberg assists, two from Abdelkader and a goal and an assist from Nyquist, as well as Jonathan Ericsson playing 22:30 and registering 4 hits and 4 takeaways in his return from broken ribs.
I'm letting the discussion be yours, folks...Is this the game which the Wings use to ensure that they make the playoffs for the 23rd season and 24th year in a row, or does this kind of statement game mean anything if the Wings lose on Friday to Montreal or Sunday to Florida?
Shots: 35-31 Chicago overall. Detroit out-shot Chicago 12-11 in the 1st, 11-10 in the 2nd, was out-shot 9-6 in the 3rd and was out-shot by Chicago 5-2 in OT.
Special teams: Chicago went 1-for-4 in 4:29 of PP time; Wings went 0-for-4 in 6:23.
Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 31 of 35 shots for Detroit; Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 31 for Chicago.
Ed Olczyk picked the 3 stars, and he picked Marian Hossa, Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg.
The Red Wings' goals: Tatar (11) from Smith (11) and Jurco (2);
Eaves (2) from Abdelkader (12) and Zetterberg (25);
Quincey (3) from Nyquist (7) and Zetterberg (26);
Nyquist (7) from Zetterberg (27) and Abdelkader (13).
Faceoffs 44-24 Chicago (Detroit won 35%);
Blocked shots 13-9 Chicago;
Missed 17-8 Detroit (attempts 61-50 Detroit, with the Wings firing 31 on Crawford and 30 wide/blocked);
Hits 31-16 Detroit;
Giveaways 10-5 Detroit;
Takeaways 9-7 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 8-and-12 (40%); Glendening went 8-and-11 (42%); Sheahan went 2-and-11 (15%); Helm went 5-and-6 (45%); Tatar went 1-and-1 (50%); Eaves lost 2 draws; Abdelkader lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4 shots; Nyquist, Miller, Tatar, Quincey and Zetterberg had 3; Smith, Sheahan, Eaves, Helm and Bertuzzi had 2; Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening and DeKeyser had 1.
Blocked attempts: Jurco fired 4 attempts into Hawks players; Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked; Sheahan, Lashoff, Quincey, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Abdelkader, Eaves and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Nyquist, Sheahan, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening, Helm, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Cleary missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Jurco supposedly led the Wings with 7 hits; Miller, Helm and Ericsson had 4; Eaves and Glendening had 3; Smith, Tatar, Lashoff, Bertuzzi, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1.
Giveaways: Nyquist, Quincey and Zetterberg had 2 giveaways; Smith, Jurco, Glendening and Bertuzzi had 1.
Takeaways: Ericsson had 4 takeaways; Smith had 3; Zetterberg and DeKeyser had 2; Tatar and Helm had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Lashoff, Quincey, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Miller, Quincey, DeKeyser and Cleary took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at +5 overall. Helm, Bertuzzi and Cleary finished at -3; Smith finished at -1; Sheahan, Eaves, Tatar, Jurco, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall finished at +1; Nyquist finished at +2; Abdelkader and Zetterberg finished at +3.
Points: Zetterberg had 3 assists; Abdelkader had 2 assists; Nyquist had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Eaves, Tatar and Quincey had goals; Smith and Jurco had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:51 played; DeKeyser played 23:06; Ericsson played 22:30;
Zetterberg played 21:30; Quincey played 21:25; Miller played 19:38;
Glendening played 19:09; Nyquist played 18:29; Smith played 17:53;
Eaves played 17:17; Lashoff played 16:33; Abdelkader played 15:57;
Tatar played 15:54; Sheahan played 15:26; Jurco played 15:02;
Helm played 10:55; Cleary played 9:42; Bertuzzi played 9:37.
Here was the crazy shootout...
Here are the Wings' goals. Here's Tatar at 11:11 of the 1st...
Eaves at 17:40...
Quincey at 6:20 of the 2nd...
And Nyquist at 11:14 of the 2nd:
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