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Red Wings-Canadiens quick take: hose job

What a *#$%@& unbelievable load of shit.

[edit/update: Here are the standings, and Babcock didn't bite at all on controversy on FSD, saying that the Wings weren't good enough in giving up 5 goals and that Gustavsson didn't get breaks but has to be better, Babcock said that the Wings have to regroup and get back at 'er, that was it:

/end edit]

 

The Detroit Red Wings pulled a game out of their asses, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to tie the Montreal Canadiens in the third period, and the game was absolutely GIVEN to the Canadiens thanks to a play in which Brian Gionta was probably offsides skating into the zone, and then the 5-3 goal..

The Jets did the Wings a favor by beating Toronto, but now both New Jersey and Columbus are close behind the Wings, and they're behind the Wings because Brad Watson and company absolutely blew goats en route to assuring that the Wings lost.

Do the Wings bear the responsibility of showering the Canadiens with easy shots for Carey Price and playing cute-it-out on the power play? Yes, but then the team displayed REMARKABLE resiliency only to fall because the officiating--all night long--was rabbit-ears happy for Les Habitants and their faithful fans.

I am so utterly disgusted by this game that I am physically restraining myself from saying what I really think. You discuss, I'll post goals and stats, because I am too angry to carry on.

The Wings couldn't or wouldn't defend throughout the first and second periods. Michal Bournival scored an easy goal at 14:16, capitalizing off of a brutal line change and a stupid pass from Jakub Kindl...

Max Pacioretty blew by Brian Lashoff--who was utterly horrific--8:52 into the 2nd, just after the Wings did nothing with a 5-on-3...

And Brian Gionta scored on what was just awful coverage by Quincey and DeKeyser at 13:35 of the 2nd...

But Datsyuk started the rally a little over 5 minutes into the 3rd via a Kronwall bounce off the back boards on the power play (and a play started by Franzen, who didn't get an assist)...

Luke Glendening FINALLY SCORED HIS FIRST GOAL some 36 seconds later thanks to Abdelkader and Miller's efforts...

Niklas Kronwall's game-tying goal was absolutely elegant, through a double screen in Gustav Nyquist and David Legwand with 9:26 left...

And then Brian Gionta walks into the zone NOT IN CONTROL of the puck, skates first, and of course Brian Lashoff doesn't take him, and as the Habs go to the net, Brian Lashoff literally runs Gustavsson over--and Gustavsson wasn't very good on the goals against--giving the Habs a 4-3 lead with 6:47 left...

Then the dagger came thanks to the Kid Line not defending a rush well, KINDL AND LASHOFF watching the Habs rim the puck around, and Alex Galchenyuk skating into the crease on his own--and then putting the puck in off his arm. The refs viewed the contact with Gustavsson as legal and they viewed the arm deflection, which was purposeful, legal, with 4:20 left.

It was a 4-20 kind of night as the Canadiens hooked, held, grabbed, groped, cross-checked and mashed faces, and the fact that Andrei Markov sat on Gustav Nyquist and Alexei Emelin (a chicken shit player and a half) went jousting with Tomas Jurco late? Oh, sure, that was all fine, if only offsetting in the later case.

This is just gross. GROSS.

 

Statistics:

Shots 37-26 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 13-10 in the 1st period but out-shot Montreal 15-4 in the 2nd and 12-9 in the 3rd.

Special teams: Detroit went 2-for-5 in 7:58 of PP time; Montreal went 0-for-3 in 6:00.

Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 of 26 shots for Detroit; Carey Price stopped 34 of 37 for Montreal.

RDS picked the 3 stars, and they picked Niklas Kronwall, Carey Price and Brian Gionta.

The Red Wings' goals: Datsyuk (16) from Kronwall (40) and Franzen (23), PPG:

Glendening (1) from Abdelkader (18) and Miller (7);

Kronwall (8) from Franzen (24) and Nyquist (19), PPG.

Faceoffs 30-26 Detroit (Detroit won 54%);

Blocked shots 18-12 Montreal;

Missed shots 12-5 Detroit (attempts 67-42 Detroit; Detroit had 37 shots on Price and 30 attempts wide/blocked);

Hits 19-13 Montreal;

Giveaways 9-3 Montreal;

Takeaways 9-7 Montreal.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-10 (50%); Glendening went 6-and-6 (50%); Legwand went 4-and-4 (50%); Helm went 6-and-0 (100%); Sheahan went 1-and-4 (20%); Franzen went 1-and-1 (50%); Tatar went 1-and-1 (50%); Abdelkader won his only faceoff.

Shots: Kronwall led the Wings with 7 shots; Franzen had 6; Smith, Legwand and Tatar had 3; Abdelkader, Nyquist, Sheahan, Helm and DeKeyser had 2; Kindl, Quincey and Glendening had 1 shot.

Blocked attempts: Franzen had 4 more attempts blocked; Smith, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Legwand and Tatar had 2 attempts blocked; Nyquist, Miller, Jurco and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Alfredsson and Tatar missed the net 3 times; Franzen missed the net 2 times; Nyquist, Sheahan, Kronwall and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Miller and Kronwall had 2 hits; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Tatar, Jurco, Quincey, Glendening and Helm had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Kronwall had 2 giveaways; Legwand had 1.

Takeaways: Smith, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Tatar, Quincey and Kronwall had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Miller blocked 3 shots; Lashoff and Glendening blocked 2 shots; Smith, Kindl, Jurco, Quincey and Helm blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Smith, Kindl, Jurco and Glendening took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -20. Lashoff was -3; Kindl, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Franzen were -2; Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Nyquist, Sheahan, Legwand, Miller, Tatar, Quincey, Helm and DeKeyser were -1; Smith ended up at +1.

Points: Kronwall had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Datsyuk and Glendening had goals; Abdelkader, Nyquist, Miller and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 24:44 played; DeKeyser played 24;24; Quincey played 21:34;

Franzen played 19:32; Nyquist played 19:20; Datsyuk played 17:41;

Smith played 17:29; Helm played 15:16; Alfredsson played 15:11;

Legwand played 14:53; Jurco played 14:29; Sheahan played 14:13;

Miller played 13:21; Tatar played 13:15; Glendening played 13:06;

Abdelkader played 12:31; Kindl played 12:04; Lashoff played 11:39.

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perfection's avatar

I’m with Babs… can’t win em all, next.

keep winning 2 out of 3 and we’re in for sure, likely in the seventh seed. this is a minor setback. everyone here, George and Trolls included need to take a breath. it’s just motivation to pick it up next game.

playoffs or bust!

and good for Glendening! That made the game worth watching for me.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/06/14 at 04:36 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

and good for Glendening! That made the game worth watching for me.

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Yeah!  It’s pretty safe to say that yesterday was one of the best days of his life.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/06/14 at 09:21 AM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Good game for both teams. Couple bad calls but Jesus, Lashoff looks burned out.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 04/06/14 at 09:43 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Shitty ending to a mostly poor effort, but no surprise that NHL refs are terrible.  Good on Glendening for his first goal, maybe this opens the floodgates on some secondary scoring.  And if Kronwall can re-learn how to unload that howitzer, on net, from here on out the PP should get dangerous again.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/06/14 at 09:57 AM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

I tend to be of the Babcock mentality, it doesn’t matter what the refs do, it doesn’t matter what the other team does, what matters is what we do.  We did not do enough to win that game. We have to find a way to win games, regardless of what the other team or the refs do or not do. No Excuses! Bad calls are made by the refs all the time. Sure some go against us, other times they are in or favor. I am not one to blame the refs for our losses and I don’t want our players to have that mentality either.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 04/06/14 at 11:42 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I tend to be of the Babcock mentality, it doesn’t matter what the refs do, it doesn’t matter what the other team does, what matters is what we do.  We did not do enough to win that game. We have to find a way to win games, regardless of what the other team or the refs do or not do. No Excuses! Bad calls are made by the refs all the time. Sure some go against us, other times they are in or favor. I am not one to blame the refs for our losses and I don’t want our players to have that mentality either.

I agree on that statement. I watch other games not involving the Red Wings and see poor officiating on a regular basis. It does seem overall the Red Wings come out on the short end of the stick during a season though.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/06/14 at 08:15 PM ET

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