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Red Wings-Capitals quick take: wonderful comeback, sour ending

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 first...


Tatar's goal...

Nyquist's second...


Nyquist's hat trick goal...


Abdelkader's 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.


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.

Individual stats:

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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bleep bloop's avatar

That was the weakest call I’ve ever seen in OT.

So the Red Wings penalty killing which has been atrocious of late one-upped itself after apparently focusing on it in practice, by allowing three goals rather than the traditional (at this point) one or two.

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/02/14 at 04:37 PM ET


Helm got grabbed, Zetterberg got grabbed, but they didn’t fall down.

This is the thing that’s bothered me all season, George.  Detroit has several small players who all seem to find a way to fight through sticks, hooks, and holds and not go down…..probably because when they do go down nothing is ever called.  Yet the Wings play teams with bigger players who never seem to be able or willing to fight through anything the Wings’ smaller players do and more often than not get a call when they hit the ice.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/02/14 at 04:38 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Proud of Nike and his first hat trick. Also happy to get some curly fries tomorrow.

Hopefully Eaves is alright.

I would have rather lost this game in overtime due to a legitimate scoring chance as opposed to losing in overtime because of a phantom call. Seriously, when you skate into someone, a person, usually you, will fall down. That’s exactly what happened here.

Having said that, we really should have showed up to play at 12:30, not at 1:15. We would not have been down 3-1 at the end of the first if we actually came to play, and the ending could be something entirely different.

At least we got a point, but we really need to start playing to get two full points.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/02/14 at 04:38 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

No notice as of yet. Par Marts may or may not take Hornqvist over Nyquist. Not sure.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/02/14 at 04:57 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

I think it will be Patric Hörnqvist…but I hope it’ll be Nyquill !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/02/14 at 05:49 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

I noticed Eaves missing in the 3rd and I thought he played pretty good in limited action the first period-and-a-half-or-so (70%-Corsi).

So… I guess that means he’s gotten hurt.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/02/14 at 05:51 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I too hope Nike makes the cut for Sweden. If not, though, he can use the extra time off to rest up. We’ll need that goal-scoring hand of his for the big push.

And boy, is that push after the break gonna be big.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/02/14 at 06:06 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

It was stinker of a game by the Red Wings defensively. Jimmy couldn’t stop a beach ball today, but as mentioned before the defense stood around and let the Caps do what they wanted to do. Of course a cheap call against Smith, and it seems more of those type of calls go against the Red Wings than the other team. Nothing unusual it seems, unfortunately.  A super game by Nyquist with the hat trick and an assist. The Red Wings didn’t give up after being down by two goals twice. Hope Eaves is OK. Need a win Monday for sure.

Posted by bigfrog on 02/02/14 at 06:08 PM ET


bad goaltending. bad defense. great offense by a few.

Posted by brians neck on 02/02/14 at 08:44 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

First .. kudos to Nyquist on his hattrick.

As good as he and Tatar are now, they’re only going to get better ... what a happy thought.

Now for the rant on the defence.

Kindl must have gotten the wrong message when Babs scratched him because he’s now playing like he gives 2 $hit$.  He must think management has given up on him.  Things were fine up until a month ago or do and his intensity went right into the dumper.  Too many mistakes, slow skating ... he’s gone.

Ericsson has to be the biggest pussy to ever come out of Sweden.  Six foot fuchin’ five and he’s afraid to take a hit to protect the puck..  He goes to the corner, gets the puck, sees a Washington player coming so instead of absorbing the hit to protect the puck he passes it in front of the net and side-steps the hit.  The puck is recovered by Washington and POOF ... game tying goal.

If Ericsson is on this team next season I can guarantee they won’t win a damn thing ... unless they cut his icetime to about 5 minutes a game.

If I were a healthy Vladdy Konstantinov, I’d be on the ice during practice and beat him over the head with my stick to remind him to play physical or go the fuch back to Sweden.

Our D needs help pronto or the playoffs are just a fantasy.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/03/14 at 12:19 AM ET


i think there should a state holiday last day of the wings season to commemorate never having to watch Kyle Quincy again. Interesting to see if he gets a job next year. Typically you have to be good at defense or offense to play in the NHL.

Posted by brians neck on 02/03/14 at 12:28 AM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

sorry overhaul .. ericsson is too stupid to be like lidstrom.  TPH knew how to hide the puck while side-stepping the check ... ericsson thinks its a hot potato and barfs it up all too often.

you’re right about Smith, but, for now, i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.  The physical ability it definitely there, lets give him another season before we categorize him as clueless.

I’m right there with ya Brian on Queazy.  He’s history.  If Vancouver is going to blow up their team we can send them Q for Bieksa.

I think the Seattle Seahawks should be an inspiration for all who play sports.  Defence wins.  Play good hard D and the offence will follow.  If your opponent can’t score, who cares how many goal scorers you do or don’t have .. it just takes one.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/03/14 at 01:19 AM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar


Hopefully, the coaching staff will abuse the video of Glendening on Ovechkin on the power play in the 3rd period.

Luke was all over his ass and Ovie never had his stick on the ice long enough to touch the puck let alone shoot it.

If everybody on the team played D like Glendening we’d be in first place ... and he’s a center.
E, Q, and Kindl should be ashamed and embarrassed.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/03/14 at 01:24 AM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Really think the Wings should entertain the thought of moving Smith up to forward. He seems to always want to create offense, but has no clue how to make up for it on the back end. Worked wonders for Brent Burns in San Jose…

As if we don’t have enough of a logjam at the forward positions though, this would only make that worse ... so it’s probably not likely.

Is it too early to really move Smith? Is he worth letting him continue to “sophomore slump” with the hopes of him developing into an (at most) Ericsson-esque player? Or do we try and move him now, while he still has value?

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 02/03/14 at 02:18 AM ET

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