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by George Malik on 11/15/13 at 11:20 PM ET
I am officially frustrated.
You start instead. The Wings blew a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period, yet again, Jimmy Howard received little support from his defense--this time literally getting pulled out of position by Brian Lashoff on the game-tying goal--and a predictable pattern emerged in the shootout, i.e. everybody tried their usual moves, and as such, Washington won 4-3 in a game the Wings had no business losing, yielding a seven-game home losing streak.
Jonathan Ericsson's return made the Wings' defense and transition game much, much better, despite Daniel Alfredsson's last-minute groin yank, the Wings' forwards were fine and Franzen was excellent, but the Wings can't seem to sweat the details of closing a game out or playing a solid 3rd period.
I'm baffled. You try to explain this one, because I'm really lost as to what the *#$%@& is going on right now. 0-1-and-4 over the last 5, with four striaght home losses.
Shots 37-33 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Washington 12-11 in the 1st and 13-8 in the 2nd, was out-shot 11-8 in the 3rd and out-shot Washington 4-3 in OT.
The Red Wings went 2-for-5 in 8:45 of PP time; the Capitals went 0-for-4 in 7:14.
Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 33 shots; Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 37.
The 3 stars were picked by NHL.com's Brian Hedger, and he picked Johan Franzen, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Because he's a dick.
The Red Wings' goals: Franzen (3) from Kindl (6) and DeKeyser (6), PPG;
Franzen (4) from Tatar (2) and Helm (1);
DeKeyser (2) from Franzen (5) and Kindl (7), PPG.
Faceoffs 32-30 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);
Blocked shots 11-7 Washington;
Missed shots 13-7 Detroit (so the Wings had 61 shot attempts to Washington's 47, but the Wings fired 24 shots wide/blocked);
Hits 27-24 Washington;
Giveaways 10-5 Detroit;
Takeaways 11-8 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 11-and-14 (44%); Helm went 10-and-7 (59%); Andersson went 4-and-7 (36%); Abdelkader went 4-and-2 (67%); Franzen went 3-and-0 (100%).
Shots: Miller led the Wings with 6 shots; Tatar, Quincey, Zetterberg, Helm, DeKeyser and Franzen had 3; Kindl, Abdelkader, Kronwall and Cleary had 2; Datsyuk, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi had 1.
Blocked attempts: Zetterberg fired 4 shots into Capitals players; Datsyuk fired 2 into Caps players; Kindl, Miller, Tatar, Bertuzzi and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Kindl missed the net 3 times; Bertuzzi, Kronwall and DeKeyser missed the net 2 times; Datsyuk, Miller, Samuelsson and Zetterberg missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader and Cleary co-led the team with 4 hits; Bertuzzi had 3; Kindl, Miller, Helm, Ericsson and Franzen had 2; Datsyuk, Quincey and Kronwall had 1.
Giveaways: Kindl and Quincey had 2 giveaways; Datsyuk, Tatar, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 1.
Takeaways: Miller had 2 takeaways; Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Helm, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 2 shots; Kindl, Lashoff, Helm, Bertuzzi and Ericsson blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Kronwall took 2 minors; Lashoff and DeKeyser took 1 penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -10. Datsyuk Quincey, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi were -2; Abdelkader, Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser were -1; Kindl and Tatar were +1.
Points: Franzen had 2 goals and an assist for 3 points; DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Kindl had 2 assists; Tatar and Helm had 1 assist.
Ice time: DeKeyser led the Wings with 26:35 played; Kronwall played 24:41; Datsyuk played 24:37;
Zetterberg played 24:23; Quincey played 22:14; Ericsson played 20:20;
Kindl played 19:17; Franzen played 18:37; Bertuzzi played 18:28;
Helm played 17:51; Tatar played 15:59; Miller played 14:17;
Abdelkader played 14:14; Cleary played 13:59; Lashoff played 12:54;
Andersson played 12:23; Samuelsson played 11:01.
Update: This is good:
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