The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/20/14 at 05:13 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings had to know that the Bruins' comments were going to yield more strict officiating and more penalty calls--some spurious, some warranted, on both teams--coming into Game 2, but instead of coming into the game with composure...
The Red Wings tried to beat the Bruins at their own game, engaging an angry, mean alligator in a bite-fight. The Wings lost their nerve, lost their resolve, lost their game plan and, thanks to a TERRIBLE power play, a TERRIBLE penalty-kill, MEDIOCRE goaltending, and yes, some really shitty calls against them (to which the Wings did a shit-ass job of giving their beleagured goaltender any sort of help closing those squeaky pads).
As such, the Wings were nearly ran through the boards during the first period, and while they found their form in the second and third periods, their nagging regular-season mistakes--defense, the turnover bakery in the neutral zone, the Highway to the Danger Zone in front of Howard, who was squeaky, the power play that continues to pass horizontally through the neutral zone and endlessly to the point when they're in the zone--yielded something that was 2-1 at one point dissolving into yet another shitty matinee game.
Very obviously, Jimmy Howard should never channel Petr Mrazek again, but he also held the Wings in it between giving up squeaky goals.
Very obviously, the Wings made some stupid clutch-and-grab penalties, but boy, were the stripes the stripes (I am apparently a bad person for mentioning this), and boy, did the Wings let the Bruins get into their heads, their kitchens, creases and nets.
All the talk of disrupting the Bruins' forecheck, owning the neutral zone, predating on the other team's turnovers, getting into the offensive zone and keeping the puck there and getting repeated pucks on Rask, hopefully with screens in front and rebounds pounced upon...It went up like somebody laced whatever seafood the Wings ate last night with a little wacky tobaccky.
Brendan Smith's especially given his foray into Zdeno Chara's grill, or his chest, or whatever.
THE GOOD NEWS is that the Wings did steady themselves in terms of "playing between the whistles" after the 1st period. THE GOOD NEWS is that the Wings DID out-shoot boston 13-6 in the 2nd period and 12-5 in the 3rd, despite that horrible power play (not Tom Renney's fault: the fault of the players not executing on the ice). THE GOOD NEWS is that the Wings do come home 1-1.
The bad news is that the Wings suddenly look like a team with one-and-a-half lines (Datsyuk, a frustrated Abdelkader and/or Nyquist and/or Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson defending for Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco's mistakes, Riley Sheahan not getting through enough traffic and Tomas Tatar trying to do too much on their own, and David Legwand doing very little as Drew Miller and Luke Glendening at least try to play decently) and four defensemen (a sometimes-error-prone Niklas Kronwall who is at least doing his damn best, Brendan Smith reverting to his old self on enough occasions to negate his wonderful offensive and defensive maturity with goals against, especially as the Bruins target him, Danny DeKeyser skating strongly but also getting out-muscled, Kyle Quincey trying to be steady but losing players skating behind him, Brian Lashoff continuing to be a Disastur Zur Rhein and Jakub Kindl marring his skating, passing and shooting skills with dimwit coverage), and half a goalie (Howard was wonderful in stopping pucks and horrible in terms of the ones that got by him, though he had no help--as usual).
Ideally, Mr. Michael Babcock Jr. and the leaders in the locker room say what needs to be said (though it would be amusing to hear Babcock complain about a call or two), the Wings get offensive contributions from 2+ lines, they at least get 4 defensemen rolling strongly and Howard puts his inconsistencies behind him again as the Wings come out at home strong, focused, prepared to take the initiative ("Chasing Hockey Is Losing Hockey" echoed in my head after the Bruins scored the first goal) and focused on ONLY playing Red Wings hockey instead of trying to get into a close-range fight with an alligator.
Enough with the dumbassery and ashattery, deal with what the refs are gonna call when the media is played (and partial to furthering the cause) against you, pounce upon the opportunities they afford you, and MAKE YOUR OWN.
Do the damn Whitman iPad commercial (I hate that commercial--Uncle Walt, the blazing gay American propgandist genius that he was, God love him, would be an Android guy) and, "Contribute a verse."
A verse worth noting.
This wasn't necessarily a waste of a game as a very young Wings team had to learn the hard way--again--and the kids sure did a lot of learning. But it was a *#$%@& waste of the afternoons of Wings fans and it was strangely divisive enough that people annoyed with a holiday weekend turned on each other online, something that I didn't understand...
But that's what happens when the Hockey Easter Bunny takes a shit in your living room.
The goals: Florek from the Glendening line cheating, Smith and Howard at 7:28 of the 1st, 1-0 Boston...
Reilly Smith from Ericsson, Bergeron, a dim set of penalties from Kindl and DeKeyser (I still thought that the stick broke on its own though) at 10:35, 2-0 Boston...
Luke Glendening's hand via Darren Helm, Drew Miller, a lovely transition play by Smith and Quincey and in fact Howard as well at 13:20 of the 2nd, 2-1 Boston...
Milan Lucic via Jarome Iginla, Torey Krug and some shit defense by Smith and Quincey, cheating again by the Glendening line and Jimmy Howard being awkward at 18:16 of the 2nd, 3-1 Boston, the dagger...
And Zdeno Chara via David Krejci throwing his head back against Kyle Quincey and then holding Quincey's stick, then Jarome Iginla and Torey Krug again, Brian Lashoff standing around and watching and Jimmy Howard not closing his five-hole at 2:27 of the 3rd, the end, 4-1 Boston.
Now I will say what I said on Twitter: I certainly understand if you disagree with my opinion. The theory regarding this blog is that it's a round table where everyone can have an opinion and I am only the discussion-starter.
If you are only here to bag on me and your fellow readers instead of disagreeing and debating our subjective interpretations with both passion and respect, go read some other *#$%@& blog, or go blow a *#$%@& goat while you're at it.
This remains an area where discussion is warranted and welcome, but it's my *#$%@& opinion that starts the conversation and it's my *#$%@& territory. If you're here just to *#$%@& with me and *#$%@& with my readers, you are not welcome. You wanna be the person to intersperse, "Detroit sucks" into, "We Want the Cup," *#$%@& off
Now I'm gonna shut up and find my discipline again, and worry about myself and doing some quality work/providing some solid writing, at least eventually.
Happy Easter and some shit. Dinner got canceled here.
Shots 35-29 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 18-10 in the 1st period, but Detroit out-shot Boston 13-6 in the 2nd and 12-5 in the 3rd period.
Special teams: Boston went 2-for-4 in 4:31 of PP time, including 2-for-3 in 5-on-4 time; Detroit went a horrific 0-for-4 in 7:49 of PP time.
Goaltending: Tuuka Rask stopped 34 of 35 shots for Boston; Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 29 for Detroit.
The 3 stars were picked by 98.5 the Sports Hub, and they picked Pavel Datsyuk, Johnny Boychuk and Tuuka Rask.
The Wings' goal: Glendening (1) from Helm (1) and Miller (1).
Faceoffs 35-27 Boston (Detroit won 44%);
Blocked shots 14-7 Boston;
Missed shots 9-7 Detroit (attempts 58-43 Detroit; Detroit had 35 shots ON the net and another 23 attempts wide/blocked);
Hits 33-29 Boston;
Giveaways 11-4 Boston;
Takeaways 8-2 Boston.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 13-and-12 (52%); Sheahan went 6-and-8 (43%); Helm went 5-and-8 (38%); Glendening went 1-and-6 (14%); Legwand went 2-and-1 (67%).
Shots: Helm led the team with 5 shots; Nyquist, Sheahan and Jurco had 4 shots; DeKeyser and Franzen had 3 shots; Smith, Abdelkader and Tatar had 2 shots; Datsyuk, Legwand, Miller, Quincey, Glendening and Kronwall had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Helm fired 4 shots into Bruins players; Nyquist fired 3 shots into Bruins players; Alfredsson fired 2 shots into Bruins players; Smith, Sheahan, Jurco, DeKeyser and Franzen fired 1 shot into Bruins players.
Missed shots: Abdelkader, Legwand and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Smith, Nyquist and Sheahan missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader, Tatar and Kronwall had 4 hits; Miller and Quincey had 3; Smith, Jurco and Helm had 2; Datsyuk, Legwnad, Glendening, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Howard, Alfredsson, Sheahan and Helm had giveaways.
Takeaways: Alfredsson and Franzen had takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots: Quincey blocked 2 shots; Datsyuk, Lashoff, Glendening, Helm and Franzen blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Tatar and DeKeyser took 2 minor penalties; Smith, Kindl and Quincey took 1 minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -5. Smith, Miller, Tatar, Glendening and Kronwall finished at -1.
Points: Glendening had a goal; Miller and Helm had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 25:03 played; DeKeyser played 21:06; Datsyuk played 21:05;
Quincey played 19:30; Franzen played 18:27; Smith played 17:04;
Alfredsson played 17:03; Nyquist played 16:11; Tatar played 15:48;
Kindl played 15:04; Jurco played 14:25; Helm played 14:16;
Sheahan played 14:07; Lashoff played 13:41; Abdelkader played 13:16;
Glendening played 13:06; Legwand played 12:58; Miller played 11:50.
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