The Malik Report
by George Malik on 10/19/13 at 10:39 PM ET
Ten days after the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 lead to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 lead to the Phoenix Coyotes and lost 5-2 to a predatory, hungry team receiving significant help from Smith.
Which Smith? Both of them. Mike Smith flopped to the ice as Brian Lashoff slid what should have been a 3-0 goal past him early in the second period, seemingly suffering a bad groin injury, but he popped back up after a commercial break, and after Smith flopped, the Wings never seemed to recover their killer instinct--and Smith of course scored an empty-netter..
And Brendan Smith's play yielded a Shane Doan penalty shot which Jimmy Howard stopped and poor coverage yielding three of the four goals Howard did not stop--though Howard had NO chance on ANY of the goals that were scored against him by the predatory Coyotes--as well as Mike Smith's historic empty-netter.
This was a game where "embellishment" was called when Brian Lashoff was hooked, but not when Smith flopped--and you NEVER see goals disallowed because they get plowed into the net, ran into the goalpost, or are otherwise ridden like bulls.
This was a game where Mike Ribeiro received a pair of bouncing rebounds directly fluttering onto his stick blade, a game where Antoine Vermette scored off a Danny DeKeyser screen and Martan Hanzal found the inside of the far goalpost on a breakaway, and it was a game where the Red Wings went from pushing and shoving and skating the Coyotes into the ground to being grabbed, groped, cross-checked, slashed and generally intimidated into inefficient and ineffectual hockey.
Did the Phoenix Coyotes earn their regular season sweep of the Wings?
Marginally so. But they sure as *#$%@& got a lot of help from hard work, dumb luck and poor refereeing--and stupid mental mistakes from a Red Wings team that was going for their fifth straight win for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, but simply ran out of mental and physical energy against an angry team that had been burned by its own mistakes the night before.
The fact that Mike Smith scored an empty-netter himself, with 0.1 seconds left in the 3rd, was just disgusting.
The game started off quite well. Jonathan Ericsson made a defensive pinch that actually resulted in a goal-for instead of a goal against, racing up to give the puck to Henrik Zetterberg, and Zetterberg's rebound was put home by Pavel Datsyuk 4:47 in...
And Todd Bertuzzi victimized Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek's back-passing under 4 minutes later:
Early in the second period, the "Smiths" began to fare in the game, with a Brendan Smith hook yielding this...
And just after the halfway mark of the game, Mike Smith's acting negated a Brian Lashoff goal--and the Red Wings' killer instinct:
From this point on, the Red Wings looked like a team that had played six games in ten nights and four in six nights, and the Coyotes looked like a team that had played a shootout loss the previous night.
The Wings slowly but surely let the Coyotes grab and grope them into submission.
With all of a minute left in the 2nd, a game that should have been 3-0 went to 2-1 thanks to Antoine Vermette capitalizing on poor pinches by the Wings' 3 Old Goats line, scoring on a 2-on-1 via a goalie-screening Danny DeKeyser...
And the 3rd was dreadful.
5:07 in, Mike Ribeiro was the recipient of hard work by Mikkel Boedeker and Derek Morris. Off a poor faceoff loss by Joakim Andersson, Morris and the Yotes' d shoveled the puck to Boedeker, he tossed the puck at the net and Ribeiro found the rebound before Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey could...
Martin Hanzal gave the Coyotes the lead 7:08 in thanks to the puck going off a linesman's foot and Hanzal being launched on a breakaway by Lauri Korpikoski...
And Ribeiro salted the game away on a very similar play to his first goal, again, with Smith and Quincey asleep at the wheel, with 6:46 remaining:
This is insult to injury:
Shots 33-33 overall. Detroit was out-shot 16-10 in the 1st, out-shot Phoenix 13-6 in the 2nd and was out-shot 11-10 in the 3rd.
Both Detroit and Phoenix went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 32; Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33.
The 3 stars were picked by the Coyotes' broadcasters, and they picked Derek Morris, Mike Ribeiro and Mike Smith.
The Wings' goals: Datsyuk (5) from Zetterberg (5) and Ericsson 92);
Faceoffs 32-27 Phoenix (Detroit won 46%);
Blocked shots 17-8 Detroit;
Missed shots 13-12 Phoenix (total attempts 63-53 Phoenix, with Detroit firing 33 on Smith and another 20 wide/blocked);
Hits 33-21 Phoenix;
Giveaways 3-2 Detroit;
Takeaways 8-5 Phoenix.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 7-and-11 (39%); Andersson went 7-and-8 (47%); Glendening went 8-and-5 (62%); Weiss went 4-and-7 (36%); Cleary won his only faceoff; Franzen lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Datsyuk led the Wings with 5 shots; Abdelkader, Quincey and Bertuzzi had 4; Ericsson had 3; Smith, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Glendening and Franzen had 2; Kindl, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1.
Blocked attempts: Alfredsson and Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked by Coyotes players; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Lashoff and Ericsson had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Bertuzzi missed the net 2 times; Smith, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Miller, Quincey, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 6 hits; Datsyuk and Ericsson had 3; Smith, Alfredsson, Miller, Lashoff, Samuelsson, Glendening, Bertuzzi, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1.
Giveaways: Quincey, Zetterberg and Ericsson had giveaways.
Takeaways: Datsyuk and Bertuzzi had 2 takeaways; Smith had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Smith and Miller blocked 3 shots; Kindl blocked 2; Abdelkader, Lashoff, Quincey, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Glendening, Bertuzzi,,DeKeyser and Franzen blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Lashoff took 2 minor penalties; Quincey took 1 minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -16. Smith was -3; Quincey and Bertuzzi were -2; Kindl, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Andersson, Lashoff, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Weiss and Franzen were -1; DeKeyser was +1.
Points: Datsyuk and Bertuzzi scored goals; Zetterberg and Ericsson had assists.
Ice time: Quincey led the team with 21:59 played; Datsyuk played 21:52; Ericsson played 21:38;
DeKeyser played 21:32; Zetterberg played 19:32; Kindl played 19:28;
Alfredsson played 19:28; Smith played 18:39; Franzen played 15:38;
Abdelkader played 15:27; Lashoff played 14:17; Bertuzzi played 13:48;
Andersson played 13:08; Miller played 12:31; Weiss played 12:26;
Cleary played 11:45; Glendening played 11:34; Samuelsson played 10:43.
Update: The Red Wings' website posted Henrik Zetterberg's post-game comments...
And coach Mike Babcock's post-game comments:
Even the Red Wings' website has the Yotes' announcers calling the game:
Update #2: Enjoy the NHL Tonight's clip:
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