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by George Malik on 03/25/14 at 10:27 PM ET
I will grant you that the Red Wings were just dreadful early, that their penalty-killing blew, that they were not picking up rebounds but instead watching the Blue Jackets chip them down the ice all game long, and that Howard--let's all say it again, as usual--was stellar but didn't get nearly enough support...
But the Red Wings did rally from a 2-goal deficit, and whether you believe Cam Atkinson scored a legitimate goal or not, officiating was most certainly a farce on both sides en route to a 4-2 Red Wings loss that leaves the Wings and 3 other teams with 80 points and the Wings with 28 regulation-or-OT wins to the Blue Jackets' 32.
Was some of the Wings' mess self-made? You bet. You better *#$%@& believe it was self-made. They gave up a pair of power-play goals to a team taht went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Detroit went 0-for-2, including on a power play just over a minute after Cam Atkinson's gamer.
Just as importantly, the Wings can't seem to win faceoffs anymore, and anyone who isn't Nyquist isn't scoring right now.
But the Red Wings face a much tougher uphill climb to the playoffs thanks in no small part to a "discretionary" call that was...
The call was the kicker on a night of baffling refereeing, mostly involving the team in blue pinning the team in red to the boards, tackling, high sticking, doing you name it, the Wings giving in kind, but the team in blue certainly ensuring that it carried the day in no small part due to its ability to play "its way" (including nearly concussing Johan Franzen, knocking Wings players' helmets off
The Wings were doubtlessly shitty in the first period, with Ryan Johansen scoring all of 1:35 in, on the power play...
Danny DeKeyser ended up putting in Brandon Dubinsky's 4-on-3 PPG at 12:56...
And while Gustav Nyquist did this at 14:55 of the 1st...
And he scored on Curtis McElhinney at 10:58 of the 2nd...
But this happened 6:58 into the 3rd. IN MY OPINION, Brendan Smith, who was caught on a stupid 2-on-1, did get a twist in on Cam Atkinson, but IN MY OPINION, Atkinson put the net off himself, and THEN scored into a dislodged net:
Special teams: Detroit went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time; Columbus went 2-for-4 in 4:49, including 1-for-1 in 1:16 of PP time.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard was to blame for none of the 3 goals he gave up on 27 shots for Detroit, and Columbus scored into an empty net; Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 9 of 10 for Columbus and Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 of 23 for Columbus.
The 3 stars were picked by a "Media Panel," and they picked Curtis McElhinney, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky.
The Red Wings' goals: Nyquist (24) from Sheahan (14) and Tatar (15);
Nyquist (25) from Tatar (16).
Faceoffs 35-25 Columbus (Detroit won 42%);
Blocked shots 12-12;
Missed shots 9-8 Columbus (attempts 54-49 Detroit, with the Wings firing 33 on the Jax' goalies and 20 wide);
Hits 33-32 Columbus;
Giveaways 5-4 Columbus;
Takeaways 5-3 Columbus.
Faceoffs: Legwand went 7-and-12 (37%); Sheahan went 5-and-9 (36%); Glendening went 5-and-8 (38%); Franzen went 2-and-1 (67%); Andersson went 2-and-0; Miller and Nyquist went 1-and-0.
Shots: QUINCEY led the Wings with 5 shots; Nyquist had 4; Smith, Alfredsson, Kronwall and Franzen had 3; Helm, Bertuzzi and DeKeyser had 2; Sheahan, Miller and Lashoff had 1.
Blocked attempts: Sheahan had 3 attempts blocked by Blue Jackets players; Smith, Helm and Callahan had 2 shot attempts blocked; Kindl, Tatar and Bertuzzi had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Kronwall missed the net 3 times; Nyquist, Andersson, Lashoff, Callahan and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Quincey, Glendening and Franzen had 4 hits; Bertuzzi, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 3; Lashoff, Helm and Callahan had 2 hits; Kindl, Nyquist, Legwand, Miller and Tatar had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Helm, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had giveaways.
Takeaways: Helm, Callahan and DeKeyser had takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots: DeKeyser blocked 3 opponent shots; Lashoff blocked 2; Kindl, Nyquist, Sheahan, Miller, Tatar, Quincey and Kronwall blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Smith, Legwand, Helm and Bertuzzi took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: Detroit finished at -1. Legwand and Smith were -2; Alfredsson, Andersson, Helm, Bertuzzi and Franzen were -1; Kronwall and DeKeyser were +1; Nyquist, Sheahan and Tatar were +2.
Points: Nyquist had 2 goals; Tatar had 2 assists; Sheahan had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 24:17 played; DeKeyser played 23:06; Quincey played 22:11;
Smith played 18:21; Sheahan played 17:23; Alfredsson played 17:03;
Miller played 17:03; Tatar played 17:01; Franzen played 16:30;
Nyquist played 16:20; Kindl played 15:54; Glendening played 15:53;
Legwand played 15:21; Helm played 13:34; Lashoff played 12:41;
Bertuzzi played 12:25; Andersson played 10:45; Callahan played 9:01.
Update: From A. Issac of Guyism:
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