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Red Wings-Bolts quick take: Hello shootouts my old friend..It’s fun to see you here again…

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?

:cringes:

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.

Statistics:

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.

Individual stats:

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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Jaromir Blogger's avatar

I feel like screaming.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 12/12/13 at 10:45 PM ET

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That was the most pathetic shootout display I’ve ever seen.  I mean…every Detroit shooter took a shot to the blocker side of Bishop with the exact same result….Bishop barely moved through all attempts.

I was so happy when Bert was up because I knew HE wouldn’t shoot and might try to deke…well my happiness turned to sheer laughter when he simply lost the puck…lol

These guys are trying to lose in the shootout…I think they were a little off guard when Gus made every save so they tried extra hard to not score.

Posted by cochy on 12/12/13 at 10:55 PM ET

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I was yelling at my computer the entire time during the shootout.

But on the bright side, I’m glad Quincey scored. Despite it being his error that resulted in the tying Tampa goal.

Having said that, you can find me curled up in the back of the Hasek car with a bottle of Glenlivet in each hand.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/12/13 at 10:57 PM ET

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I like our team.

Posted by Garth on 12/12/13 at 11:03 PM ET

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Another game where the only player to score is a player who isn’t expected to score (Cleary? Quincey?). At least they didn’t have the lead going into the third period or they wouldn’t have gotten the loser point so hard. Loser points are their bitch.

Posted by bleep bloop on 12/12/13 at 11:13 PM ET

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“Unemployment Line” of Cleary, Emmerton and Giveaway Samuelsson

If that’s not a fact when this team is healthy then I will succumb to the “dark side” and question both coach and GM.

Posted by calquake on 12/12/13 at 11:23 PM ET

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They played well tonight, but that 2nd pp unit is brutal. I really think Ericsson should be out there instead of kindl.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 12/12/13 at 11:36 PM ET

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Loser points are their bitch.

Or the other way around.

Posted by calquake on 12/12/13 at 11:36 PM ET

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They played well tonight, but that 2nd pp unit is brutal. I really think Ericsson should be out there instead of kindl.

Really, you’d leave Samuelsson out on the point ahead of Kindl?

I didn’t watch much, so to just say something about the shootouts…I really wish I knew how players approached them. If you lose this many in a row, you might think about it even more…and I feel like you can approach those with no thought. Just see what the goalie does and respond. If every player really was doing the same blocker shot…that almost sounds like relying on a plan, instead of just seeing what the goalie is giving you to shoot at.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 12/13/13 at 12:16 AM ET

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We looked like a team that had lost 10 shootouts.  I’ll ask this again, since I have had difficulty tracking it down online: When was the last time Datsyuk actually scored in the shootout?  Yeah, he’s in the top 3 All-time or something like that, but he’s been 0-for-a-while-now and it’s mostly his medium speed, backhand-to-forehand move over and over and over and over.  Is he afraid to make goalies look stupid since he’s such a nice guy? Did Bettman call him and threaten to kill his cat if he upstaged Crosby on the highlight shows again?  It’s like he’s lost his will to enjoy the breakaway…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/13/13 at 02:33 AM ET

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Also, Pav did not look 100% tonight.  Maybe he’s exhausted or maybe he’s nursing an injury, but he looked slow and got knocked on his hindquarters far too often for a Healthy Pavel.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/13/13 at 02:34 AM ET

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Pavel said that he didn’t feel like he was “in shape” when he returned. He was going to have an off night eventually because adrenaline can only take you so far. Thursday was his night.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/13/13 at 02:57 AM ET

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George is right. Pavel did say that, and I think he is just rounding back into game form.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 12/13/13 at 03:11 AM ET

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Has there been any other team in the NHL - or hell, in any of the other three major North American sports leagues - that has been as snakebitten with injuries as the Wings over the past few years? And we’re not even just talking about bit players like Cleary or Lashoff or something - we’re obviously talking about essential cogs like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm, DeKeyser, Howard, etc. I almost can’t even remember what it’s like to not be missing at least three key players from the lineup. How on earth can this team gel when the lineup changes every night? I mean, some of these are freak accidents and so forth, but do the Wings have a subpar training staff or something? Or are they just that unlucky? I mean, injuries happen to every team and you just have to play the hand you’re dealt (and the Wings should still be winning more of these games, despite their growing injury list), but this is getting absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 12/13/13 at 03:22 AM ET

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it’s time to unleash Brendan Smith on the shootout!!

or now that Z’s on LTIR, does that free up enough to bring Jurco up for both a look against NHL talent as well as potentially some help on the shootout? He’s having a great year currently 9th in AHL scoring.

they have to keep trying stuff until it works. Datsyuk’s poor shoutout streak is odd. He was so money for so long. His career average dropped from around 60% where it’s hovered since the inception of the shootout, to near 40% just over the last season. Have the goalies just figured it out? 

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 12/13/13 at 05:09 AM ET

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Datsyuk is strange to me. It’s like he’s lost interest in the shootout with how nonchalant he skates down every time and just fires a wrist shot. He (along with everyone else on the team apparently) seem to think they can shoot through the goalie on shootouts and that’s not working. Beyond frustrating to watch.

Fortunately, when it really matters the shootout won’t mean anything and we can’t laugh at this sideshow. That’s saying we get to the dance of course.

Posted by peiz11 from Minneapolis on 12/13/13 at 10:16 AM ET

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Fortunately, when it really matters the shootout won’t mean anything and we can’t laugh at this sideshow.

Yeah, then we can stop complaining about Detroit’s ineptitude in the shootout and start complaining about Detroit’s ineptitude in overtime.

Posted by Garth on 12/13/13 at 10:17 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

start complaining about Detroit’s ineptitude in overtime.

Posted by Garth on 12/13/13 at 10:17 AM ET

Right now. Why wait?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/13/13 at 11:32 AM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

Yeah Datsyuk looks like he’s tired of having to be the go to number one shooter in the shootouts. I thought Franzen looked good in the game.  He’s continuing to be engaged, which is nice. Glad whatever sent Ericsson to the locker room wasn’t anything serious.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 12/13/13 at 12:55 PM ET

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