The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/12/13 at 10:37 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings have earned a "result" for the 24th time in 33 games--as in they earned a point--but the Wings' sterling record now stands at 15-9-and-9 (15 and 18) after the team seemed to lurk in the weeds during the first, sneak out of the period with a goal, surrender a game-tying marker and then do nothing on the power play, fritter away time and lose their ELEVENTH STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT WHAT THE HELL.
I mean they lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Jeebus Monkey Pants, this is unbelievable.
Since the Wings defeated Ottawa on December 1st, they've gone 1-1-and-2, and will head home to the Joe to host the Penguins on Saturday, the Lightning on Sunday, the Ducks on Tuesday and the Flames on Thursday before heading to Toronto on the 21st and then hosting the Islanders on Monday the 23rd to close out the pre-Chrismtas schedule...And I'm sure things have gone fine at the Joe, right?
Especially now that Howard and Weiss are gonna be out or a little bit, right?
So yes, the Wings were pretty crappy for the first ten minutes of the 1st, but they dominated during the second half of the 1st, and holy crap, Kyle Quincey...Scored...a...goal...FOR DETROIT?
15:04 into the 1st. Even-strength.
But fear not, the Wings, whose 2nd power play unit consisted of Cleary, Tatar, Nyquist, Kindl and Samuelsson, blew a late-1st-period PP, a middle-of-the-2nd PP, and with all of 44 seconds left in the 2nd period, Quincey made a huge brain fart (though he is not listed on the ice as the person who turned the puck over, he, not Brian Lashoff, ensured that the game would be tied) in sending the puck off a Bolt, and J.T. Brown easily sent the giveaway to Nikita Kucherov, whose turnaround shot slithered through screening Daniel Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall (bad line change? Yes), and it was tied...
And while the Wings out-shot Tampa 5-0 in OT, they were out-scored 1-0 in the shootout--with Martin St. Louis making Gustavsson look like Howard in the shootout.
Six shooters. No goals for Detroit. The same old same old. Next time the "Unemployment Line" of Cleary, Emmerton and Giveaway Samuelsson may as well shoot.
Face, meet palm. Again.
Shots 29-27 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Tampa Bay 8-6 in the 1st period, they were out-shot 10-6 in the 2nd and 11-10 in the 3rd and out-shot Tampa Bay 5-0 in OT.
Special teams: Detroit went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time; the Lightning went 0-for-5 in 8:00 of PP time.
Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 of 27 shots; Ben Bishop stopped 28 of 29.
The 3 stars were picked by the Bolts media, and they picked Nikita Kucherov, Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Bishop.
The Wings' goal: Quincey (1) from Nyquist (4) and Franzen (14).
Faceoffs 36-31 Detroit (Detroit won 54%);
Blocked shots 13-13;
Missed shots 19-16 Tampa Bay (total attempts 59-58 Tampa Bay);
Hits 21-15 Tampa bay;
Giveaways 11-9 Tampa Bay;
Takeaways 9-5 Tampa Bay.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 12-and-12 (50%); Andersson went 9-and-8 (53%); Franzen went 11-and-5 (69%); Tatar went 2-and-3 (40%); Emmerton went 0-and-2 (0%); Bertuzzi went 1-and-1 (50%); Abdelkader won his only faceoff.
Shots: Alfredsson led the Wings with 6 shots; Franzen had 5; Tatar and Ericsson had 3; Quincey had 2; Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Cleary had 1.
Blocked attempts: Datsyuk hit Bolts players 3 times; Kindl had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Alfredsson, Andersson, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff, Quincey and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Franzen missed the net 4 times; Miller missed the net 3 times; Kindl and Alfredsson missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Andersson, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff, Bertuzzi and Ericsson missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4 hits; Miller had 3; Kindl had 2; Smith, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Quincey, Kronwall and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Andersson had 3 giveaways; Bertuzzi had 2; Smith, Samuelsson, Ericsson and Franzen had 1.
Takeaways: Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Lashoff and Franzen had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Quincey blocked 4 Tampa Bay shots; Kindl, Andersson and Kronwall blocked 2; Datsyuk, Nyquist and Franzen blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Ericsson took 2 minors; Abdelkader and Tatar took 1 minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished even. Smith, Nyquist, Quincey (somehow), Bertuzzi and Franzen finished at +1; Kindl, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Datsyuk and Lashoff (unfairly) finished at -1.
Points: Quincey had a goal; Nyquist and Franzen had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 27:09 played; Datsyuk played 24:53; Quincey played 21:20;
Ericsson played 20:11; Smith played 20:04; Kindl played 20:01;
Miller played 19:54; Alfredsson played 19:35; Andersson played 17:49;
Abdelkader played 17:45; Tatar played 17:42; Franzen played 17:29;
Bertuzzi played 14:56; Nyquist played 14:50; Lashoff played 14:23;
Cleary played 10:30; Samuelsson played 8:27; Emmerton played 5:04.
Update: Weebl may have summarized our shootout angst best:
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