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by George Malik on 04/05/14 at 08:53 PM ET
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:
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.
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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