The Malik Report
by George Malik on 02/07/13 at 11:40 PM ET
Updated with highlights at 11:39 PM: The Detroit Red Wings realized that they couldn't out-check or out-hit the big, bad and mean St. Louis Blues on Thursday, so the Wings out-Blued 'em.
The slightly bipolar Wings displayed an absolutely sterling work ethic in plain old out-battling, out-working, out-hustling and out-mucking St. Louis, showing a surprising willingness to dump and chase the puck to bang Blues defensemen's bodies and showing a smart understanding of the Blues' defensive style, utilizing short instead of long passes to send 5 men into the sea of Blue...
And it was the "bottom six" who broke through, and Petr Mrazek who carried the day, with the Wings winning 5-1 and Mrazek stopping 27 of 28 shots for his first NHL win in his first NHL game.
The Wings received balanced scoring, a relatively balanced work ethic and a "blue collar" work ethic to take the second of three February meetings between the two teams, and I'm more interested in hearing what you have to say about people like Jakub Kindl, Danny Cleary and Cory Emmerton scoring and what you think about Mrazek's performance--keeping in mind that one game is only one game, and that the Wings have two more to play this weekend against Edmonton and LA before welcoming the Blues to Joe Louis Arena next Wednesday.
There's something to be said for the lack of any standard of officiating as well, especially when the Blues went headhunting and Johan Franzen bit back with a justifiable spear...But again, what did you think about this one? I liked what I saw, but I think this is just a step in the right direction which must be built upon on Saturday and Sunday...and of course carried to a logical conclusion with a third straight win over St. Louis next Wednesday.
Over to you...
Shots 29-27 Detroit overall. The Wings out-shot St. Louis 12-9 in the 1st, 15-8 in the 2nd, and both Mickey Redmond and I agree that the 10-2 shot advantage for the Blues in the 3rd was...suspiciously "home cooking" in terms of numbers.
The Blues went 1-for-3 in 5:15 of PP time, but went 0-for-1 in 52 seconds of 5 on 3 time; The Wings went 0-for-1 on their only power play.
Mrazek stopped 26 of 27; Elliott stopped 24 of 29.
The 3 stars, per the "St. Louis Media," were Drew Miller, Petr Mrazek and Cory Emmerton.
The Wings' goals: Cleary (1) from Tatar (1) and Abdelkader (1);
Kindl (1) from Emmerton (1) and Miller (1);
Emmerton (1) from Tootoo (1) and Miller (2);
Brunner (5) from Ericsson (3) and Zetterberg (9);
Filppula (3), unassisted.
Faceoffs 33-31 St. Louis (48% won by St. Louis);
Blocked shots 14-7 Detroit;
Missed shots 14-11 St. Louis (total attempts 55-47 St. Louis);
Hits 20-9 St. Louis;
Giveaways 8-4 St. Louis;
Takeaways 9-5 St. Louis.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 11-and-11 (50%); Datsyuk went 8-and-6 (57%); Abdelkader went 5-and-4 (56%); Emmerton went 4-and-8 (33%); Filppula went 1-and-2 (33%); both Cleary and Franzen went 1-and-1 (50%).
Shots: Cleary led the Wings with 4 shots; Kindl, Emmerton, Zetterberg and Filppula had 3 shots; Datsyuk, White, Tatar, Brunner and Franzen had 2; Tootoo, Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 1.
Blocked attempts: Filppula fired 3 shots into Blues players; Kindl, Brunner, Ericsson and Franzen had 1 shot attempt blocked.
Missed shots: White missed the net 3 times; Kindl, Cleary, Datsyuk, Miller, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Lashoff led the team with 3 hits; Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk, Tootoo, Quincey and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Kindl had 2 giveaways; Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 1.
Takeaways: Abdelkader, Lashoff, Brunner, Quincey and Zetterberg had 1 takeaway.
Blocked shots: Ericsson blocked 3 Blues shots; Kronwall and Franzen blocked 2; Cleary, Datsyuk, White, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff and Zetterberg blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Abdelkader took a minor penalty; Franzen took a major for boarding and a game misconduct, and the team took a too many men penalty.
Plus-minus: The Red Wings finished at a collective +24. Bertuzzi was the only Wing who was even. Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk, Tatar, Lashoff, Brunner, Zetterberg, Filppula, Kronwall and Franzen finished at +1; White, Miller, Tootoo, Emmerton and Ericsson finished at +2; Quincey finished at +3.
Points: Emmerton had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Miller had 2 assists; Kindl, Cleary, Brunner and Filppula had goals; Abdelkader, Tatar, Tootoo, Zetterberg and Ericsson had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 24:03 played; White played 20:22; Lashoff played 20:18;
Ericsson played 19:34; Zetterberg played 18:44; Datsyuk played 18:21;
Filppula played 17:56; Kindl played 17:33; Quincey played 17:19;
Brunner played 17:04; Franzen played 16:57; Cleary played 14:27;
Tatar played 14:15; Abdelkader played 13:38; Bertuzzi played 12;18;
Miller played 10:52; Tootoo played 9:13; Emmerton played 8:31.
Via Paul, I was actually proud of Franzen for this:
Update: Here's a slate of highlights from the Wings' website...
Via RedWingsFeed, Cory Emmerton spoke to the NHL Network after the game...
And We All Bleed Red on YouTube posted Mrazek's pre-game interview from Fox Sports Detroit:
Pat him on the head!
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