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by George Malik on 02/13/13 at 11:14 PM ET
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.
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...
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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