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Red Wings-Blues quick take: Captain Z serves up a platter of curly fries

Updated 3x at 11:05 PM: Kent Huskins did get hurt, Howard starts on Saturday, and you can watch the goals below: That was bizarre...The Red Wings' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues may go down in "Weird Game" history, but it was nonetheless incredibly satisfying to watch the Wings both overcome the Blues and themselves as this team in progress attempts to claw out an identity for itself.

The Wings absolutely raced out to a two-goal first period lead thanks to a PP and then even strength goal by Henrik Zetterberg within the game's first 8:07, but all of five minutes later, the Blues had tied the game 2-2, and by the 4:30 mark of the second period, the Blues had taken a 3-2 lead on a Red Wings team that first went into neutral and then reverse, simply backing off and allowing the Blues to fire shots and screens and then Patrik Berglund's body into Jimmy Howard, and by the end of the second period, Wings fans were booing the power play (justifiably so) and were worried that the Blues would take another game from 'em...

But in the third period, the Wings were given a silver-plated silver platter of a power play as David Backes was assessed a 5-minute major and ejected for a clean hit on Kent Huskins. The Wings may have felt all sorts of sympathy for the Blues, but when you're in a battle for points, you've got to capitalize, no matter how badly you're shaking your head at incompetent refs, and the Wings made sure to make the Blues pay--immediately.

Jonathan Ericsson snuck into the slot as the team's sixth man on the ice, on said delayed call, to rifle a one-timer from Zetterberg over Brian Elliott, who replaced Halak...And on the power play, Pavel Datsyuk rifled a gorgeous wrister through a perfect screen in Johan Franzen (nice game by Franzen, eh?). To some extent, the Wings held on late in the game, especially when Danny Cleary was assessed an even-up, but Zetterberg finished off a 5-point game with a hat trick thanks to an empty-netter in which he out-battled T.J. Oshie and David Perron to the net.

It wasn't pretty, but Zetterberg took the Wings on his back, Howard played great minus the second goal he gave up, and you've got to win any way you can.

Now we all have to hope that the Wings aren't too tired to not kick the stuffing out of the Blue Jackets tomorrow.

It was a wild and wacky win, and the Wings out-battled, out-competed and eventually defeated their own self-doubt as much as they did the Blues, but wild and wacky and wonderful always counts.

Don't forget to print out the scoresheet: it won't give you free Swedish Snowball, but it will give you free Arby's Curly Fries.

Update: Here's Zetterberg's first goal...


Here's his second, from FSD again...



And his hat trick goal, via the Blues' announcers:


While we're at it, here's Ericsson's game-tying goal...

Here's Datsyuk's goal...



And MLive's Ansar Khan says that Kent Huskins DID get hurt. Just not hit in the head.

Update #2: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update #3: If you wish to read narrative recaps, MLive's Ansar Khan, the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Associated Press provide them;


The Red Wings out-shot the Blues 31-26 overall. St. Louis out-shot Detroit 14-13 in the 1st; the teams tied 7-7 in the 2nd, and the Wings out-shot St. Louis 11-5 in the 3rd.

Power plays: The Blues went 2-for-5 in 7:01 of PP time; the Wings went 2-for-8 in 15:26 of PP time, including 1 for 1 in 42 seconds of 5 on 3 time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots; Jaroslav Halak stopped 9 of 11 shots; Brian Elliott stopped 17 of 19.

The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Kevin Shattenkirk (3), Jonathan Ericsson (2) and Henrik Zetterberg (1).

The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (3) from Brunner (4) and Kronwall (6), PPG;

Zetterberg (4) from Ericsson (1) and Franzen (4);

Ericsson (1) from Zetterberg (6) and Franzen (5);

Datsyuk (3) from Zetterberg (7) and Franzen (6), PPG;

Zetterberg (5) from Datsyuk (6), shorthanded, empty-net.

Faceoffs 35-27 Detroit (Wings won 56%);

Blocked shots 16-11 St. Louis;

Missed shots 11-4 St. Louis (total attempts 51-48 Detroit);

Hits 30-25 St. Louis;

Giveaways 11-4 Detroit;

Takeaways 6-4 St. Louis.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 12-and-11 (52%); Zetterberg went 9-and-6 (50%); Abdelkader went 5-and-3 (63%); Emmerton went 5-and-3 (63%); Filppula went 4-and-2 (67%); Cleary and Franzen lost their only faceoffs.

Shots taken: Zetterberg led the team with 8 shots; Abdelkader had 3; Smith, Cleary, Eaves, Tootoo, Brunner and Emmerton had 2; Kindl, Quincey, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen had 1.

Blocked attempts: Kronwall had 4 more attempts blocked by Blues players; Smith had 3 attempts blocked; Brunner and Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked; Cleary, Datsyuk, Eaves, Tootoo and Bertuzzi hit Blues players 1 time.

Missed shots: Huskins, Cleary, Filppula and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader and Franzen co-led the team with 4 hits apiece; Kronwall had 3 hits; Eaves, Tootoo and Emmerton had 2; Smith, Huskins, Miller, Quincey, Zetterberg and Ericsson had 1.

Giveaways: Smith and Cleary had 2 giveaways; Datsyuk, Brunner, Zetterberg, Filppula, Ericsson, Franzen and Howard had 1.

Takeaways: Smith, Datsyuk, Brunner and Filppula had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Smith, Huskins, Kindl, Miller and Quincey blocked 2 shots; Ericsson blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Cleary, Emmerton, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: the Wings finished at a collective +10. Huskins, Abdelkader, Miller and Tootoo finished at -1; Smith finished at +1; Datsyuk, Brunner, Quincey, Ericsson and Franzen finished at +2; Zetterberg finished at +3.

Points: Zetterberg had 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points; Franzen had 3 assists; Ericsson had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Datsyuk had a goal; Brunner and Kronwall had assists.

Ice time: Smith led the team with 23:56 played; Kronwall played 22:39; Zetterberg played 21:45;

Datsyuk played 21:16; Quincey played 20:05; Brunner played 19:14;

Franzen played 19:11; Filppula played 19:03; Ericsson played 17:36;

Kindl played 16:58; Bertuzzi played 16:57; Cleary played 14:56;

Miller played 12:38; Abdelkader played 11:48; Huskins played 10:35;

Tootoo played 8:17; Emmerton played 8:02; Eaves played 7:53.

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The Hurricane's avatar

I thought I saw Franzen NOT on the bench at the end of the game….did something happen to him late in the 3rd?

Posted by The Hurricane on 02/01/13 at 10:29 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I said it last game when Z buried it from the top of the circle… he willed the puck in the net ala The Captain.
Same thing applies to the win tonight. Atta boy Z.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 10:34 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I thought I saw Franzen NOT on the bench at the end of the gameā€¦.did something happen to him late in the 3rd?

Slashed in the wrist.  Immediately dropped glove and skated off.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Franzen came back. He’s okay.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

The video above you state is the Z goal#3 from the blues announcers is actually Ken and Dan from FSD

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I was part of that discussion of whether Z (injury, whatever) with his slow start (9 goals and 35 points after 50 games at this time last year—not his usual offensive pace) should be traded.

I wanted him to succeed, just like I want Quincey to succeed, but I wondered if age was catching up with him. It’s only 7 games, so I don’t want to go overboard in the other direction, but this certainly is encouraging. I don’t know if he wasn’t as healthy last year, if having Brunner next to him has resulted in the synergy we thought of with the original Eurotwins, if it’s just the fact that hockey players can have up and down years like any human being, or that wearing the C has helped him raise his game a notch.

Regardless, I’m happy to be wrong to even think that he wouldn’t be able to rebound. I’m VERY happy to see a Zetterberg hat trick, particularly the last goal. The one thing I’ve always  admired in Z and Pavel is their hearts, and I hope that never changes.

Another step hopefully in the progression of the Wings coming out of their training camp phase otherwise known as the beginning of the regular season. In the meantime, can anyone drop by the Walmart (or better yet, from GR) to pick up an extra defenseman for the Wings?

Posted by Bugsy on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM ET

perfection's avatar

I thought Kindl had one of his best games tonight. He looked dangerous on the PP and made a few great plays. He was also physical and dependable defensively. He actually outplayed Huskins and Quincey IMO which is a good sign for a 25 year old first round draft pick. It’d be nice to see him get some luck in terms of his health and get a solid stint of NHL experience. I still have hope he’s going to blossom. He hasn’t had all that much opportunity yet.

Also, the refs were just atrocious from the start tonight. The first call on Ericsson a few min in was absolutely terrible and then it just became a train of bad makeup calls. The phantom major was just icing on the cake. It was nice to come out on the good end of the stick and hopefully it infuses some confidence into our PP. Speaking of which, I notice Babs is splitting up Z and Dats more and more on the PP. He did it a bunch at the Hawks game and definitely did it here and there tonight. Nice to have them together but the “second” unit is sure a lot more intimidating with Dats on the ice.

big win.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/01/13 at 11:19 PM ET

Chet's avatar

really watch that datsyuk goal, it’s fuching sick. he freezes two blues and their goalie with a tiny drag faking a wrister. to me this goal is far more all-world than most of his highlight reel shootout goals. this is just dirty, dirty sh1t.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/02/13 at 01:28 AM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

Can I get curly fries out here in California?  LOL

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 02/02/13 at 04:58 AM ET

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