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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: another ‘cheat’ win for Columbus?

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:

And after that, not enough happened from the Red Wings, who had 13:02 to attempt to tie the game.

Instead, the Wings did out-shoot Columbus 13-12 in the 3rd, but they blew a power play at 8:21 and they just...

I don't know whether they were lost, whether the ruling upset them, or whether Columbus was just better. What I do know is that what happened en route to another goal against--an empty-netter--was both an affront to the team and to the players who need to play MUCH, MUCH better now that they've blown the game they needed to win the most.

The Wings need secondary scoring, faceoff wins, more zone time, better pursuit and retrieval of rebounds, more screens, more tips, much, much better gap control, better defense against rushes and better "boxing out" of opponents who've had a highway to the front of the crease to attack Howard sans support, but still...

For the record: Babcock tells FSD the call was "interesting" with the net off the moorings but he says it was their decision. He was given no explanation.

Statistics:

Shots 33-28 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Columbus 10-6 in the 1st, the shots were tied 10-10 in the 2nd and the Wings out-shot Columbus 13-12 in the 3rd.

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.

Individual stats: 

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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Zebras earned a bonus from Bettman and some BJs courtesy of C-bus for this little show.

Posted by maltby18 on 03/25/14 at 09:35 PM ET

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The only thing worse than the officiating in that game was the play of Bertuzzi.  He personally managed to be a force for the miserable home team.  I would hope that Babcock will keep him in the press box until he is gone next season.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/25/14 at 09:40 PM ET

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Posted by DocF from Reidsville, NC on 03/25/14 at 10:40 PM ET


I really like Bert, but, he has looked his age out there his past few games.

Put younger legs on the ice. No more ““slow and old,” I say.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/25/14 at 09:45 PM ET

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Bettman is going to enforce parity in this league at the barrel of a ,... whistle.

Posted by harken23 on 03/25/14 at 09:46 PM ET

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Yes, the officiating was brutal and yes, so were the Wings at times but these officials need to be way better at calling or not calling all of the crap the BJ’s did along the boards.

And, yes, Bert was too slow and ineffective in this game. Sadly, the game has mostly passed him by and I cannot see how he will be in the Winged Wheel next season. Nor should he be…he is not a able to contribute enough in comparison to some of the kids.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/25/14 at 09:51 PM ET

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Some of my grumpy thoughts:

1) When you posted the “Columbus Point of View” post and talked about their PP struggles, I thought “well, I hope that doesn’t jinx it.” Then Engblom and Strader talked about it and I pretty much yelled “You’re gonna jinx it!” and guess what happened….

2) This is the 2nd straight game that I felt that the Alfie/Franzen/Legwand line has been more or less invisible. 

3) All hail the Nyquist. (Not a grumpy thought).

4) Wow, that was a tough 3rd Period to take from an officiating standpoint.  Just…just awful.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/25/14 at 09:55 PM ET

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The Wings need secondary scoring

They need primary scoring. Where the hell is the top line? Franzen has 1 point in his last 9 games now? And can’t manage to tap in a puck in the free side of the crease?

Howard’s rebounds have gotten worse. The penalty killing has gotten worse. Their power play is apparently inept again. Third periods continue to suck. They allow too many players too much free room near and in the goal crease. And they haven’t been able to put together a real winning streak all season.

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/25/14 at 09:58 PM ET

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The calls, or lack thereof, were baffling. Never seen so many Red Wing helmets on the ice.  There may be a class action lawsuit against the chin strap manufacturer. Then again, Lil Gary prolly owns the company.

Why in the hail was Bertuzzi on the ice? Jeebus it was like watching grandpa driving 55 in the fast lane and shouting at clouds. No speed, blind passes to the opposing team….I could go on. 

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/25/14 at 09:59 PM ET

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I’m actually not too worried about the helmets on the ice.  It’s mostly Glendening’s and it makes me think of the days of Cheli, Malts, and Draper.  Those guys’ helmets were only buckled due to league rules and would pop off in a slight breeze.  He plays like those guys.  Good times.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/25/14 at 10:03 PM ET

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If you REALLY think Atkinson knocked the net off without any assistance from Smith CLEARLY running into him…I’ve got bad news for ya…

You’re suffering a bad case of homeritis.

Posted by fromdowntown on 03/25/14 at 10:09 PM ET

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Howard—let’s all say it again, as usual—was stellar but didn’t get nearly enough support…

With support do you mean a couple of guys who pick up Howard’s rebounds who is all over the place???? all the time..???  Howard must play better then one good game, one decent game and then suck for at least the 8 next games.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/25/14 at 10:22 PM ET

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Where the hell is the top line?

I believe 2/3 of it is somewhere in the metro Detroit area ensconced comfortably in their lazy boy chairs sipping hot coco.  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/25/14 at 10:26 PM ET

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“Kids are NOT the answer”  Ken Holland actually said that, anyone remember?  Nyquist I carrying this team, Holland should be embarrassed that he actually had him in Grand Rapids until the end of Nov.

Posted by bababooey on 03/25/14 at 10:29 PM ET

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OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE CALLING ME A HOMER CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT SOMEONE WITH AN “ABOUT” HEADER ON EVERY PAGE STATING…

I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates

IS BIASED? HOLY HELL I CAN’T BELIEVE IT AND I’M ME.

Seriously, this is the wrong blog from which to find objective coverage of the Red Wings.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/25/14 at 10:30 PM ET

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Bababooey did you hear the late January and early February interviews where Holland said that the signings that gucked up the works were on him, and that he was going to try his best to make sure that the best players available were on the ice regardless of their age?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/25/14 at 10:33 PM ET

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OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE CALLING ME A HOMER

Don’t sweat it George….probably just a drunken osu fan waiting for football season to start.

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/25/14 at 10:35 PM ET

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OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE CALLING ME A HOMER

Don’t sweat it George….probably just a drunken osu fan waiting for football season to start.

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/25/14 at 11:35 PM ET

Are there sober OSU fans?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/25/14 at 10:35 PM ET

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Bababooey did you hear the late January and early February interviews where Holland said that the signings that gucked up the works were on him, and that he was going to try his best to make sure that the best players available were on the ice regardless of their age?

Yes I did.  I will believe it next season when the BEST players are playing, not the ones with seniority or the ones who are the washed up favorites.  The only sacred cows on this team are Zetterberg and Datsyuk, everyone else are not only expendable but plying for their jobs each game.

Posted by bababooey on 03/25/14 at 10:38 PM ET

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You’re suffering a bad case of homeritis.

Posted by fromdowntown on 03/25/14 at 11:09 PM


This is a Wings blog. We are Wingaholics. What do you expect?

No, really.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/25/14 at 10:40 PM ET

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Obviously smith bumped him. That isn’t the issue. The rule states the player must have already shot the puck or been in the act of shooting when dislodged, Atkinson did not touch the puck until after the moorings were off. Therefore horrible call.

Posted by Robert on 03/25/14 at 11:41 PM ET

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When I read “in the act of shooting”, I picture someone’s stick way over his head, waiting to one-time a cross-ice pass from behind his own goal line.

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/25/14 at 11:53 PM ET

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Net was clearly off before the puck was shot. Should have been no goal, but that’s how Toronto operates.

Guess blowing a 2-goal lead doesn’t work for other teams the way it works for us.

Posted by edicius from New Jersey on 03/26/14 at 06:13 AM ET

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Can we stop making excuses and blame the refs all the time? The team did not deserve to win. We have 1 line right now, the kids’ line. Franzen and Alfredsson have disappeared. Our D is just bad, no other way to describe it, they are bad. Refs were bad, but that’s nothing new, get used to it already.
Bertuzzi is useless at this point, he causes more hard than good. Same for Smith.
The unforced turnovers is what killed us last night.
So frustrating.

Posted by George0211 on 03/26/14 at 07:05 AM ET

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Posted by bababooey on 03/25/14 at 11:29 PM ET

Will you please, for the love of every-*#$%@&-thing holy, give the Holland bashing a mandamned rest already?

From here to HFBoards:

WE *#$%@& GET IT, YOU HATE KEN HOLLAND.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/26/14 at 08:08 AM ET

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I felt that the Alfie/Franzen/Legwand line has been more or less invisible.

I’ve noticed the same thing. Last night I found myself thinking they were a pretty ineffective checking line, then I remembered that was the first scoring line.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 03/26/14 at 08:29 AM ET

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The team did not deserve to win.

Neither did the BJ’s honestly.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/26/14 at 08:31 AM ET

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WE *#$%@& GET IT, YOU HATE KEN HOLLAND.
Posted by RedMenace from Team Slovaskimo Fighting Snipers on 03/26/14 at 09:08 AM ET

Well, Holland has made some piss poor decisions lately, with no end in sight.  His biggest test in my mind will be to see how his new draft crew does this summer.  Did NIll take all of the magic with him to Dallas?  Guess we’ll see.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/26/14 at 08:34 AM ET

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Franzen picked a pretty bad time to get bitten by another snake.

I don’t know about the controversial goal. I see all the arguments about why it shouldn’t have counted and I wish it hadn’t, but I also want to see the Wings able to score that goal in the future. I guess I’m more upset that it became necessary for Brendan Smith to try to get a stoppage because he chose a bad time to pinch, got burned for it, and didn’t get back in the right position to eliminate the player’s stick.

Kind of a step-back game for Smith in terms of defensive coverage, although I do think he moved the puck well.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/26/14 at 08:44 AM ET

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Guess the Jackets have “cheated” the last 7 out of 9 games?  Grow up, George.  Isn’t it time you moved out of your parent’s basement and into the real world?

Posted by Curley on 03/26/14 at 09:16 AM ET

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Wow, do we need defense. Is there any chance that the Wings could sign the kid out of UMass-Lowell?

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/26/14 at 09:55 AM ET

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Guess the Jackets have “cheated” the last 7 out of 9 games?

They cheat every game. They just don’t win all of them.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/26/14 at 10:04 AM ET

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Seriously, this is the wrong blog from which to find objective coverage of the Red Wings.

Very true.

The problem, though, is you like to dance back and forth across the line between ‘partisan, biased fan just having fun’ and ‘blogger/journalist who wants to be taken seriously’.

This tends to manifest most obviously when you get particularly pious about the nature of comments on your blog, usually after an opinion of yours was not treated with the amount of deference you’d prefer… which, of course, if you were actually serious about that whole ‘aw shucks I’m just a fan with a blog’ thing wouldn’t be so pronounced.

It’s okay to want to your opinion to be respected George… just know going in it’s impossible to get to that point if you’re unwilling to set aside bias.  The only ones who will take you seriously are the ones who share your specific biases, which may hint somewhat at your desire to heavily moderate comments.  Maybe that’s the kind of crowd you’re shopping for.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/26/14 at 01:36 PM ET

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This is a Wings blog. We are Wingaholics. What do you expect?

Well, who knew?  Ima sure glad we got that out of the way.  tongue wink

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/26/14 at 02:19 PM ET

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