The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/24/14 at 11:13 PM ET
Henrik Zetterberg came back. Pavel Datsyuk worked his ass off. But the Detroit Red Wings blew a 2-0 lead to the Boston Bruins, were out-shot 12-3 in OT, and this happened:
Faceoff loss by Glendening, Bruins go D to D, Krejci to Hamilton, Hamilton shoots...And the puck goes off Glendening's stick near the blueline, Iginla tips the puck, and it goes off Danny DeKeyser's skate...And past Jonas Gustavsson at 13:32 of Ot.
NO CHANCE FOR Gustavsson, who started in Jimmy Howard (flu's) stead.
3-2 Boston in OT, Bruins up 3-1, last game of the season very possibly on Saturday at 3 PM on NBC.
I don't know what to say about this one. Henrik Zetterberg made the old Miraculous Comeback and he was WONDERFUL as someone not playing at anything more than Datsyuk-esque 75% could be...
The Wings rode adrenaline through a first period in which they out-shot the Bruins 15-5, and baby daddy Niklas Kronwall scored on a lovely power play play by Pavel Datsyuk 11 minutes in...
4:27 into the 2nd, Datsyuk scored an empty-netter thanks to a gorgeous, gorgeous play by Kronwall and wonderful work by Justin Abdelkader, who, like Todd Bertuzzi, went to the front of the net and stayed there all night long...
But the Wings exhausted themselves in the 1st and 2nd, and when they took a penalty, Luke Glendening lost the draw--he lost draws all night long--and Torey Krug found a blueline rocket through traffic at 10:14 of the 2nd...
1:15 into the 3rd, Gustav Nyquist received a devasating lesson as the Bruins' Dougie Hamilton chipped the puck into the zone, both Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff ignored the dump-in, and Nyquist gave up on his check, letting Milan Lucic tie the game...
And with no secondary scoring--the Kid Line has been invisible (Tatar and Sheahan look like hot messes), Nyquist has been invisible, Legwand's fallen off the face of the earth, Franzen's been awful, DeKeyser, Smith, Kronwall and Quincey have had no support on defense and no hands from Miller, Glendening, and, regrettably, the blazing Helm...
What can you do when you stop skating through the neutral zone with speed and start letting the Boston Bruins roar into the offensive zone and cycle?
Get out-shot 12-3 in OT and give up that devastating triple deflection.
What do the Wings need to do if Saturday's game is the last of 13-14?
Address the gaping holes on defense. Bring back Alfie. Get healthy.
Maybe it is time to buy out Franzen. It is, regrettably, time to let Bertuzzi walk, as well as Cleary/Samuelsson/etc., and then?
Look for a forward perhaps, but worry about defense first and foremost. And make sure to make room for the next wave.
Let kids steal jobs in training camp.
And hope they have learned from this. Hope they have learned and that they will be better, the kids, the vets, everyone in between, but especially the Nyquists, Sheahans, Jurcos, Tatars, Smiths, DeKeysers, and the vets too..
This is a brutal, brutal learning experience. I am heartbroken for my Wings. But I believe they will give the Bruins a hard go on Saturday, and I believe they will come back next year a better and deeper team.
And in the interim?
Why the F*CK NOT believe in the miraculous comeback?
What's it hurt? Nothin.'
[update: Also: What do the Wings do about their goaltending? Give Mrazek one more year in GR or let him challenge Howard. Pick one. /update]
Z on FSD: It was a step forward from the last two games despite the disappointing end, they got the lead got the 2nd one they knew it was gonna be tight against a very good team, they still got it to OT it was a one-shot game and they got it in the end.
Obviously they took over the momentum for a while in the 2nd and in the 3rd the Wings fought back a little better and got the puck in the B's end, they have to keep it simple and not make mistakes in the neutral zone in a series like this.
That's playoff goals right there, throwing pucks, it's so tight in front of goalies, you have to go there and hope for bounces and second chances, and that's it.
Did he give the team a lift? It was fun to be back but it would be a lot more fun to get the W, he will go home and rest and be prepared for the next game. He felt he played OK.
He says the legs were good in the 1st not so good in the 2nd he got short shifts later but that's what had to happen in the 1st game.
Babs on the radio, says he felt the PP was good and the Wings were dangerous early but as the game went on they weren't dangerous anymore, whether they had a lot of good players especially the young guys who were dressed but didn't have good games.
When did he know Jimmy couldn't go, is he available? Gus played good so they'll decide on that, he'd filled out the starting lineup when the refs came over to him and said he's got the wrong goalie circled and he said he knew, it was last second, he couldn't go.
Was it a sudden flu for Howard? Well yeah, they just came and told him he was sick and couldn't go.
See you guys.
That was the 2nd half of the presser.
Kronwall on FSD: Kronwall says the Wings have to keep it simpler that's how you win at playoff time and they have to create more chances you can't defend...They have nothing to lose on Saturday, clean up the areas they need to clean up they have nothing to lose.
He says that yes there are some players who are vets who have to do a better job in the series [but youth is a factor]
He feels that Z was awesome, he's their leader their captain he was great out there, but he's been out for two months and he was still one of their best players, that says a lot about him as a player and person.
Monster was huge for them he came up huge at times gave them a chance and he feels bad they couldn't do it for him but he was excellent.
He says the triple deflection, that's how it goes, it's not pretty passing plays it's going to be a dirty one a greasy one and they have to find a way to get those plays.
Kronwall on his son Douglas' birth: was a big day for he and his girl and it's something he won't forget, he rushed out of there and got there just in time to be there and holding his son for the first time it's pretty special, he was born at 11:30.
Shots 40-37 Boston overall. Detroit out-shot Boston 15-5 in the 1st period, they were out-shot 12-7 in the 2nd, the Wings out-shot Boston 12-11 in the 3rd and the Wings were out-shot 12-3 in OT.
Special teams: Detroit went 1-for-4 in 4:17 of PP time; Boston went 1-for-2 in 2:11.
Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 37 of 40 for Detroit; Tuuka Rask stopped 35 of 37 for Boston.
The 3 stars were picked by USA Today's Kevin Allen, and he picked Patrice Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk and Jarome Iginla.
The Red Wings' goals: Kronwall (1) from Datsyuk (1), PPG;
Datsyuk (2) from Kronwall (1) and Abdelkader (1).
Faceoffs 32-27 Boston (Detroit won 46%);
Blocked shots 26-13 Detroit;
Missed shots 13-11 Detroit;
Total attempts 77-63 Boston: the Bruins had 40 shots on net and 37 wide/blocked; the Wings had 37 shots on net and 26 wide/blocked.
Hits 54-40 Detroit;
Giveaways 8-1 Detroit;
Takeaways 3-0 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 11-and-7 (61%); Sheahan went 7-and-9 (44%); Helm went 8-and-5 (62%); Glendening went 1-and-8 (11%); Legwand went 0-and-2; Zetterberg went 0-and-1.
Shots: Tatar led the team with 8 shots; Datsyuk had 5; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Quincey, Helm and Kronwall had 3; Franzen had 2; Nyquist, Legwand, Zetterberg and Glendening had 1.
Blocked attempts: Franzen hit Bruins players 3 times; Quincey and Kronwall had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Lashoff and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Glendening missed the net 3 times; Zetterberg, Helm, Kronwall and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Smith and Nyquist missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 8 hits; Miller, Helm and Bertuzzi had 6; Smith had 4; Datsyuk, Quincey and Glendening had 3; Kindl, Tatar, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Franzen had 2; Nyquist and Kronwall had 1.
Giveaways: 1 apiece for Smith, Kindl, Datsyuk, Miller, Tatar, Quincey, Zetterberg and DeKeyser.
Takeaways: Miller had 2 takeaways; Datsyuk had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: DeKeyser blocked 9 shots; Kronwall blocked 7 shots; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Lashoff and Quincey blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Smith, Abdelkader and Bertuzzi took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -5. Smith, Abdelkader, Datsyuk and Zetterberg finished at +1; Kindl, Nyquist, Legwand, Miller, Lashoff, Glendening, Helm, DeKeyser and Franzen finished at -1.
Points: Kronwall and Datsyuk had 1 goal and 1 assist apiece for 2 points; Abdelkader had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 29:33 played; DeKeyser played 26:56; Quincey played 26:03;
Smith played 25:03; Datsyuk played 22:27; Kindl played 21:13;
Franzen played 20:45; Helm played 20:19; Zetterberg played 19:34;
Miller played 19:27; Abdelkader played 18:32; Glendening played 18:02;
Nyquist played 17:14; Legwand played 16:35; Sheahan played 16:27;
Lashoff played 16:01; Tatar played 14:41; Bertuzzi played 12:50.
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