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Red Wings-Blues quick take: Wings fail their first-quarter exam in a big way

Updated 3x with higlights and some post-game stuff at 10:57 PM. Yes, I know my initial statements are an over-reaction, but that's the quick take for you. It's a gut feeling about the game, and I was and am very frustrated about how thoroughly the Wings were set up to fail, and took advantage of that opportunity so willingly, injuries or no injuries: I don't know what the *#$%@& to say. The Red Wings had a 2-0 lead on the sleeping St. Louis Blues, and then, somehow, a team that'd won 3 straight and 3 straight games against St. Louis managed to find a way to wake a sleeping giant and *#$%@& themselves over as thoroughly as possible en route to a 4-3 OT loss to the Blues.

The Red Wings took all of 5 shots in the 2nd, 1 shot (ONE SHOT!) in the 3rd, and stood around as Barret *#$%@& Jackman dazzled and deked Niklas Kronwall, Brian Lashoff and Henrik Zetterberg of all people--with Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom watching--out of their shorts, just like Chris Stewart deked Howard out of his jock on the 2-2 goal.

The Wings were served up on a platter as a great "story" for the Blues to capitalize upon to break their 0-for-5 and 0-for-February streak, and on NBC, on TSN2, and with ESPN and NHL.com following the game, Jake Allen had to stop 14 of 17 shots as the Wings went 0-for-4 on the power play--including two third-period power plays with the game tied--and gave up a shorthanded goal instead.

In theory, this is just a setback, but given how cutesy the Wings got, given how intimidated Damien Brunner looked, given how awful Kyle Quincey was, even by his standards, how out-of-place Justin Abdelkader looked playing with Zetterberg (the Wings missed Franzen more than we thought, eh?).

The banana peel was placed in front of the Wings' skates, and for some reason, the team chose to make sure that all 18 skaters and the goalie slipped over it over and over again.

Disgusting, truly disgusting, and perhaps proof that a team that had showed so much promise over the first 12 games has a long, long way to go to defeat its worst enemy--itself.

On top of it all, now the 9-2-and-1 Ducks come to town on Friday having beaten the unbeatable Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday--and that's their only game until Friday.

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan, the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Windsor Star penned recaps.

And no, this isn't "time for a trade." Absent Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson, Jan Mursak, Carlo Colaiacovo, Brendan Smith and Jonas Gustavsson, yes, the Wings are short-handed-and-a-half, but this present team stopped playing Red Wings circa 2013 hockey and tried to get cute and artsy, and it cost them a point they should've been able to bank away.

Update #2: NHL.com's Louie Korac has already penned a recap...

Statistics:

Shots 25-18 St. Louis overall. Detroit out-shot St. Louis 11-3 in the 1st, were out-shot 14-5 in the 2nd , out-shot 6-1 in the 3rd and were out-shot 2-1 in OT.

The Blues went 1-for-3 in 5:25 of PP time; the Wings went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time and gave up a shorthanded goal.

Jimmy Howard stopped 21 of 25 shots; Jake Allen stopped 15 of 18.

The 3 stars, per Yahoo Sports' Nick Cotsonika, were Pavel Datsyuk (3), Anthony Stewart (2) and Alex Steen (1).

The Wings' goals: Tatar (1) from Eaves (2);

Miller (1) from Tootoo (2) and Kindl (1);

Datsyuk (6) from Filppula (5) and Ericsson (4).

Faceoffs 31-23 Detroit (Detroit won 57%);

Blocked shots 24-13 St. Louis;

Missed shots 9-8 Detroit (total attempts 51-46 Detroit, but Detroit fired 35 attempts wide or into Blues players);

Hits 33-18 St. Louis;

Giveaways 9-3 Detroit;

Takeaways 8-6 St. Louis.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 11-and-3 (79%); Zetterberg went 8-and-7 (53%); Andersson went 7-and-6 (54%); Emmerton went 4-and-3 (57%); Filppula went 1-and-2 (33%); both Abdelkader and Cleary lost single faceoffs.

Shots: Abdelkader, Cleary, Miller, Lashoff, Filppula and Andersson had 2 shots; Kindl, Datsyuk, Tatar, Tootoo, Brunner and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: The Blues blocked 4 Quincey attempts and 4 Kronwall attempts; Kindl, Datsyuk and Ericsson had 3 attempts blocked; Tatar, Tootoo, Brunner, Emmerton, Zetterberg, Filppula and Andersson had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Cleary missed the net 3 times; Datsyuk missed the net 2 times; Kindl, Tatar, Tootoo and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Tootoo had 4 hits; Abdelkader, Cleary, Miller and Kronwall had 2; Kindl, Eaves, Tatar, Lashoff, Brunner and Emmerton had 1.

Giveaways: Brunner had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Datsyuk, Lashoff, Quincey, Ericsson, Andersson and Howard had 1.

Takeaways: Abdelkader and Cleary had 2 takeaways; Eaves and Zetterberg had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Miller, Lashoff and Ericsson blocked 2 shots; Kindl, Cleary, Datsyuk, Tatar, Tootoo, Zetterberg and Filppula blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Kindl, White, Emmerton and Ericsson took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +1. Zetterberg and Brunner unfairly finished at -3; Abdelkader and Kronwall finished at -2; Lashoff finished at -1; Kindl, Cleary, Eaves, White, Miller, Tatar, Tootoo, Emmerton, Quincey, Filppula and Ericsson finished at +1.

Points: Datsyuk, Miller and Tatar had goals; Kindl, Eaves, Tootoo, Filppula and Ericsson had assists.

Ice time: Zetterberg led the team with 24:18 played; Kronwall played 23:56; Lashoff played 20:18;

Datsyuk played 20:08; Brunner played 20:06; Kindl played 19:06;

White played 18:44; Cleary played 18:22; Ericsson played 18:19;

Abdelkader played 18:08; Filppula played 17:35; Quincey played 17:15;

Miller played 13:22; Tatar played 12:01; Tootoo played 9:15;

Emmerton played 9:01; Eaves played 8:05; Andersson played 8:05.

Here's a slate of highlights from NHL.com:

Update #3: Via RedWingsFeed, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff posted a clip of Mike Babcock's post-game presser:

The NHL Network also posted a "Cisco Arena Cam" interview with Anthony Stewart...


And the NHL Tonight's Mark Roe and Kevin Weekes gushed about the Blues' win:

We All Bleed Red noted that two people in particular didn't get their money's worth:

 

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I think we’re all feeling the frustration on this one, but this initial take feels like a bit of an over-reaction.

This is a beat-up team, with a lot of guys in unfamiliar lines and give the Blues credit, they played great in the 2nd and 3rd - especially at clogging the shooting lanes and helping out Allen (who also made some stellar saves). And Franzen sorely missed, esp on the PP.

A really tough loss, but let’s put this one in perspective.

Posted by speechboy1 on 02/13/13 at 10:34 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I did over-react. But I’m standing by the first take. It’s incredibly frustrating to watch this banged-up team try to get too cute and give away a point because of it.

The team’s style of play has to be consistent and it has to transcend personnel here. The Wings can’t cheat to win and they cheated tonight.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/13/13 at 10:37 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

The Anaheim game might tell us as much about where this team is mentally as anything else. I’m not sure what to expect, either, but 1 shot in a period isn’t going to work.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/13/13 at 10:40 PM ET

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No they played poorly, but at some point the level of injuries and the jerry-rigged lines catches up to you - not to mention that Blues were in a bit of desperation mood.

It’s an incredibly frustrating loss though

Posted by speechboy1 on 02/13/13 at 10:44 PM ET

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This is the 2nd time in the last few games that we had a newbie in the opposing net and we forgot to shoot the puck at him. We lucked out to get 1 point tonight.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/13/13 at 11:13 PM ET

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George, I don’t think you overreacted at all. They got too cute, gave up a shortie, and stood around the rest of the game. 7 shots through >40 minutes?! Inexcusable.

I knew the “top” line was terrible and thought Zetterberg was especially bad (Z and Brunner were on the ice for goals 1, 3, and 4 against), or maybe it was just that he was bad for longer than anyone else (most TOI on team). Noticeably, Abdelkader was the only player consistently putting in work on that line, even hauling ass to defend shorthanded (but Kronwall decided not to take away the pass or cover Berglund, and they both ended up -2). I suppose it was too much to hope for him to earn 1 to 2 points every game. Still, he’s on pace for nearly 70 points!

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/13/13 at 11:21 PM ET

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Ken Babcock: “It’s real simple here… We have to play with great competition level and great structure and attention to detail… Until we figure out for sure how we got to play and for how long,... we’re not going to win (not sure of last few words muttered)... If you stick with it, and you’re mentally solid, and you’re committed to your plan for all 60 minutes, you have a chance to be successful. If you deviate with the group we have, we’re not going to win. ” (emphasis mine)

Posted by Bugsy on 02/13/13 at 11:22 PM ET

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Sorry, “we’ve”

Posted by Bugsy on 02/13/13 at 11:23 PM ET

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and really oops, “Mike Babcock”

Posted by Bugsy on 02/13/13 at 11:24 PM ET

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Speaking of Ken, he’s gaining weight again. I don’t think the Blues are good for his health.

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/13/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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Quincey was horrible – again. His nickname should be Q-tip because he’s soft on both ends (of the ice) and breaks easily under pressure.

Abi was a hot mess on the top line. He just has no “scoring touch” in him. But his play tonight did accomplish one thing that I didn’t think was possible – it made me miss Franzen. Well, almost. Personally, I’d like to see Babcock give Andersson a shot at playing with Z and Brunner.

As for Brunner’s play tonight, it definitely was his worst game as a Wing. But playing with Abi may have played a part in that. We’ll see on Friday.

And for a guy with a prtty good record in shoot outs, Howard is just pathetic on breakaways. Someone (Bedard, Ozzie, whoever) needs to work with him on that because it’s costing the Wings games.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/13/13 at 11:54 PM ET

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Very lucky to come away with a point tonight.  Short-handed, power play and breakaway goals given up, reminded me of the opener.  It seemed like we took a lot of shots, cycled it well down in their zone sometimes, but we managed to never hit the net.  Homer’s up in the box and it’s hard for him to deflect everything towards the net from there, fellas.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 02/14/13 at 12:06 AM ET

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It seemed like we took a lot of shots,

It only seemed that way….as has been the trend the last couple years they TAKE like 90 shots a game but only half or so get through

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/14/13 at 12:20 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m standing by my Twitter comment on Quincey. I think he smokes a bowl before games.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/14/13 at 12:35 AM ET

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I’m not one to call out specific players and usually don’t get worked up about this stuff, but Quincey is unfathomably horrible. Simply awful.

If everyone on D were healthy Quincey would be lucky to be the 8th defensemen.

Posted by SK77 on 02/14/13 at 01:12 AM ET

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I agree about Quincey. I think Lashoff and Kindl have vastly outplayed him.

and I’m definitely in the “lucky we got a point” camp and not so much the “we threw away a point” camp. Not only are we banged up, but from about the last five min of the first period on, the Blues looked a lot like the team we played the first game of the season and THAT team stomped a healthy Wings squad. At least this rag tag lineup took them to overtime. . And, we nearly scored in the OT right before they ended up scoring. It could have easily swung the other way.

Either way, it was nice to see 3rd and 4th line goals, especially Tatar’s which was sick. And Dats’ tying goal was another thing of beauty. A warm Datsyukian welcome for their punk kid goalie!

I also thought Kronwall played really well. He seemed to be flying, made a couple incredible stretch passes, had a few good hits and definitely should have scored. Had at least one crossbar and a lot of other chances. I also thought this was one of Cleary’s best games. He had some incredible chances and even better passes. Clear’s seemed to be flying and I was noticing him a lot. Would have been nice to see him finish one of them but at least he was generating a lot of chances.

And while I agree Abbie doesn’t really have a great scoring touch, I didn’t think he was that bad moved up. There was obviously not a ton of line chemistry, but he’s a fairly solid two-way defender and was at least really effective at digging pucks out of corners which is something Dats and Z kind of need to be dangerous. With Bert and Franzen out, I think it’s smart to fill the gap with Abbie just to have someone who can win pucks in the corners and behind the net. It also allowed us to maintain a pretty strong third line that had a ton of chances.

We have to remember we are missing an entire 2/3 line right now. As long as we keep getting points and keep getting healthy, I’m happy. You can’t get all that upset with tonight’s effort as we’ve seen much much worse with a much much better lineup.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/14/13 at 04:10 AM ET

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Kronwall….He is good as an offensive d-man.  He scores lots of points.  Great.

But…
Defensively, he is not thinking ahead quite far enough, he is not aware of what is going to happen next.

He gets himself to a certain (good) spot on the ice and then mentally freezes.

We see him standing around as the Blues sneak up behind him and score.

I notice he is directing others on the plays.  Yet lashoff is really solid. 
Maybe Kronwall is trying to do too much.

Posted by w2j2 on 02/14/13 at 09:29 AM ET

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But…
Defensively, he is not thinking ahead quite far enough, he is not aware of what is going to happen next.

Maybe even worse (or maybe better since it’s basically a mental thing): I think he is good defensively, but is either good offensively or defensively and doesn’t switch easily

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/14/13 at 10:45 AM ET

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I don’t understand why Kronner did not cover Steen on the shortie and went to the net instead. Did he not trust Abby’s defensive skills or think abby’s man was going to shoot and get the rebound? I play very low end beer league defense and saw the need to cover Steen. I have played approx 25 games at defense and Kronner multitudes more.

We most definitely need a shut down 1-2 defenseman cause Kronner is not . E-52 is playing much better than Kronner for now . Will that continue? We will have to see.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/14/13 at 12:25 PM ET

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