The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/21/13 at 12:51 AM ET
I've been sick for the last 36 hours but managed to drag myself out of bed to watch the Minnesota Wild defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a shoootou...Wait, what?
Those were the Canucks getting out-shot 34-14 in regulation and OT, including 17-2 in the 3rd and 4-1 in OT, but earning a shootout win because not even Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg can score these days for a team that's 2-and-5 in shootouts? The Canucks defeated the Red Wings 2-1, not the 2004 Minnesota Wild, gratuitous gropes, grabs, leg-humping and hockey molestation included?
In all seriousness, on a night where the referees certainly allowed the Canucks to hump legs and crunch players like it was 4/20, the Red Wings could have and should have earned 2 regulation or OT points, but for some reason, they can neither score 2 goals nor rally from any sort of deficit these days. And despite a gorgeous effort from Cory Emmerton to tie things up late in the 1st, the Wings were either all but molested away from the net or simply out-passed themselves into oblivion on their own.
Now the Wings sit 2 points up on Phoenix, a point down on Columbus and, because Maxim La-pie-f***ing-erre has more luck in the shootout than the entire Red Wings team had during regulation and overtime, with 4 games left, the Wings all but have to win each and every one to make the playoffs.
And while I'm watching FSD and hearing Darren Elliot praise Corey Schneider, I cannot help but wonder what would have been had more butts been in front of him (for better or worse, once Justin Abdelkader got mauled and then laid a beating on Keith Ballard and when Alex Burrows got away with mugging Johan Franzen, the screens disappeared), and had the Wings not pulled so many Filppula peel-offs at the bluelines or passed when they could have simply put pucks on net and sent bodies after rebounds...
It could've and should've ended differently, but it hasn't "ended differently" since several games before the trade deadline, and as I said on Thursday, before the bug that put my mom and myself on my back hit and hit hard, maybe we know why Ken Holland and Co. held onto that draft pick now.
And if you're keeping score at home...Drew Miller left the game with an "upper-body injury," but FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond said that Todd Bertuzzi may be returning sometime this week. For what it's worth.
Shots 34-14 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Vancouver 9-4 in the 1st, was out-shot 7-4 in the 2nd, out-shot Vancouver 17-2 in the 3rd and 4-1 in OT.
The Wings went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time; Vancouver went 1-for-4 in 7:01 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 13 of 14; Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 34.
The Wings' goal: Emmerton (5) from Brunner (12).
The 3 stars were picked by Hockey Night in Canada, and they were Alex Burrows, Danny DeKeyser and Cory Schneider.
Faceoffs 24-22 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);
Blocked shots 12-11 Detroit;
Missed shots 12-8 Vancouver (attempts 53-38 Detroit, with Detroit firing 34 on net and 19 wide/into Canucks players);
Hits 27-13 Vancouver;
Giveaways 9-2 Vancouver;
Takeaways 11-8 Detroit.
Individual statistics, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 9-and-6 (60%); Andersson went 6-and-5 (55%); Filppula went 3-and-5 (38%); Zetterberg went 3-and-3 (50%); Emmerton went 2-and-2 (50%); Franzen won his only faceoff; Abdelkader lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen co-led the team with 4 shots; Kindl, Nyquist and Tootoo had 3; DeKeyser had 2; Smith, Cleary, Brunner, Emmerton, Filppula, Ericsson and Andersson had 1.
Blocked attempts: Datsyuk had 2 attempts blocked by Canucks players; Abdelkader, Tootoo, Brunner, Quincey, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Nyquist missed the net 2 times; Cleary, Datsyuk, Brunner, Zetterberg, Filppula and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader, Tootoo and Quincey had 2 hits; Kindl, Cleary, Miller, Brunner, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Zetterberg and Filppula had giveaways.
Takeaways: Datsyuk had 4 takeaways; Kronwall had 2; Kindl, Miller, Emmerton, Quincey and Franzen had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Abdelkader had 2 blocked shots; Smith, Kindl, Nyquist, Miller, Emmerton, Quincey, Kronwall, Andersson, DeKeyser and Franzen blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Franzen took 2 minor penalties; Abdelkader took a major for fighting; Smith, Kronwall and DeKeyser took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +5. Kindl, Datsyuk, Brunner, Emmerton and DeKeyser finished at +1.
Points: Emmerton had a goal; Brunner had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:50 played; Datsyuk played 24:11; Ericsson played 3:58;
Zetterberg played 22:23; Kindl played 21:56; Franzen played 19:56;
Quincey played 19:29; DeKeyser played 19:21; Cleary played 18:52;
Filppula played 18:29; Abdelkader played 18:09; Smith played 16:11;
Andersson played 15:26; Emmerton played 12:10; Nyquist played 11:54;
Brunner played 10:59; Tootoo played 9:52; Miller played 2:44.
Update: Here's a slate of game highlights from NHL.com. CBC-narrated:
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