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by George Malik on 02/02/14 at 04:30 PM ET
Ridiculous. The Red Wings had a hat trick performance by Gustav Nyquist, but I'm very unhappily putting on the tinfoil hat for this one, because Alex Ovechkin got tripped in OT (the reffing was awfully spotty all game long), bitched at the ref, Brendan Smith was awarded a chintzy penalty as a result, and Alex Ovechkin got loose and fired a shot through Danny DeKeyser and a screened Jimmy Howard to give Washington a 6-5 win over the Red Wings on Sunday.
This game was innervating, infuriating, exhiliarating and, in the end, incredibly frustrating. The Wings afforded the Caps 2-0 and 3-1 leads via horrific defense and mediocre goaltending, they climbed back into it via Tomas Tatar goal, found themselves down 4-1 when Joel Ward scored 13:49 into the 2nd, but Gustav Nyquist rallied the Wings to 4-4 via goals completing a hat trick, the Caps scored yet again to make it 5-4, the Wings rallied via a lovely Justin Abdelkader goal, and they pressed during the 3rd (outshooting Washington 13-3) and in OT...
Things fell apart in a hurry as the officials missed the vast majority of both sides' infractions but chose to call a few key ones--and the Wings, very bluntly, stood around and watched on the vast majority of the Capitals' power plays, which cost them the game.
All of a sudden, after Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan looked out of their element in Game 1 of this 2-game series, they put in a performance that makes you wonder what the hell the WIngs are going to do with Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary when/if Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss return, and not-so-all-of-a-Sudden, Jakub Kindl seems destined for the press box again, Kyle Quincey was his predictable self, Brendan Smith had a mediocre game and the penalty on the game-winner and Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson look tremendously, ridiculously overworked...
But the forwards were the ones standing and watching Nicklas Backstrom--who never *#$%@& shoots--make passes on two of the Caps' 3 PPG's, including Ovechkin's gamer.
Oh, and there's this:
Anyway, here are the Wings' goals:
Nyquist's hat trick goal...
And a Nyquist hat trick digest:
Obviously Howard did not have his best game, but his defense stood around and watched in far too many instances, and the OT...Helm got grabbed, Zetterberg got grabbed, but they didn't fall down. That seemed to be the "standard" for both teams, save perhaps DeKeyser's fine poke check attempt--fall over or blatantly slash someone and you might get a call, othwerise, who the *#$%@& knows.
Shots: 30-28 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 12-7 in the 1st, the shots were 10-10 in the 2nd, the Wings out-shot Washington 13-3 in the 3rd and the Wings were out-shot 3-0 in OT.
Special teams: The Wings went 2-for-3 in 4:06 of PP time; the Capitals went 3-for-7 in 8:01, including 1-for-1 in 1:11 of 4 on 3 time.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 22 of 28 shots for Detroit; Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 of 30 for Washington.
The 3 stars were picked by a "media panel," and they picked Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward and Gustav Nyquist.
The Wings' goals: Nyquist (11) from Alfredsson (21) and Kronwall (26), PPG;
Tatar (13) from Sheahan (7) and Jurco (4);
Nyquist (12) from Zetterberg (29) and Tatar (11), PPG;
Nyquist (13) from Zetterberg (30) and Kronwall (27);
Abdelkader (6) from Nyquist (9) and Zetterberg (31).
Faceoffs 46-30 Washington (Detroit won 39%);
Blocked shots 18-11 Washington;
Missed shots 13-13 (total attempts 61-52 Detroit, with the Wings firing 30 shots on Neuvirth and 31 blocked/wide);
Hits 40-28 Washington;
Giveaways 14-7 Washington;
Takeaways 8-7 Washington.
Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 10-and-17 (37%); Helm went 7-and-13 (35%); Sheahan went 6-and-7 (46%); Glendening went 4-and-6 (40%); Abdelkader went 2-and-0 (100%); Eaves went 1-and-1 (50%); Andersson and Miller lost their only faceoffs.
Shots: Nyquist led the Wings with 5; Tatar had 4; Abdelkader, Jurco and Ericsson had 3; Eaves, Zetterberg and Helm had 2; Smith, Kindl, Alfredsson, Sheahan, Andersson and DeKeyser had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Tatar had 5 attempts blocked by Capitals players; Kindl, Nyquist and Quincey had 2; Smith, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Sheahan, Miller, Zetterberg and Ericsson had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Nyquist missed the net 3 times; Abdelkader, Jurco and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Andersson, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Helm led the Wings with 5 hits; Kindl had 4; Abdelkader and Miller had 3; Tatar, Jurco, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall had 2; Alfredsson, Zetterberg and DeKeyser had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Quincey had 3 giveaways; DeKeyser had 2; Kindl and Ericsson had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Nyquist had 2 takeaways; Abdelkader, Andersson, Tatar, Quincey and DeKeyser had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Ericsson blocked 3 Capitals shots; Jurco and Kronwall blocked 2; Smith, Alfredsson, Glendening and DeKeyser blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Smith, Kindl, Tatar, Quincey and Zetterberg took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished even. Smith, Kindl, Alfredsson, Andersson and Helm finished at -1; Nyquist, Tatar, Quincey, Zetterberg and DeKeyser finished at +1.
Points: Nyquist had 3 goals and an assist for 4 points; Zetterberg had 3 assists; Tatar had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Kronwall had 2 assists; Abdelkader had a goal; Alfredsson, Sheahan and Jurco had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 25:34 played; Ericsson played 24:54; Zetterberg played 23:56;
Quincey played 20:48; DeKeyser played 20:23; Nyquist played 19:03;
Abdelkader played 18:32; Andersson played 16:26; Helm played 16:21;
Kindl played 16:12; Alfredsson played 16:08; Sheahan played 15:17;
Smith played 15:09; Tatar played 14:55; Jurco played 13:56;
Miller played 10:10; Glendening played 9:21; Eaves played 5:26.
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