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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: Smith, Smith and Smith

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:

 

 

Statistics:

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);

Bertuzzi (2).

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.

Individual statistics:

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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I thought Smith was actually playing fairly well. He tried as much as he could on Doan, but his first attempts didn’t throw Doan off enough, so he hooked him harder. Can’t really blame him too much. I’d rather take a Shane Doan penalty shot than a PP.

But then Smith lost track of the puck right at our blueline, and it lead to the 4th goal, IIRC. Sucks for him.

Really, I think this all comes down to the players we have on the ice so far this season. There are several guys who are not helping enough, because they are not good enough. I hope the demands for Nyquist and Tatar get louder and louder after tonight. And I hope Helm is effective when he gets back. Those three players will make us a different team. A better one.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/19/13 at 11:42 PM ET

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This rope-a-dope strategy has got to stop.

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 10/19/13 at 11:47 PM ET

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E-52 got caught going for the puck instead of the body which turned the 2 on 2 to a 2 on 1 goal. Dumb.

Smith was pretty rusty. I say let Tootoo play pretty good for a few more games then shop him and smith for a dman. Who knows how long Kronner will be out. Also fuch the dive again for this loss for putting us down a very effective player.

MIKE Smith should have had to ride the pine for at least 2 minutes for that god awful faking of an injury.  (Refs should have been clued in as he has embellished before) Once Det saw that where they were playing had turned into JOBBED.COM arena they pretty much wilted.

Posted by aerodude on 10/19/13 at 11:53 PM ET

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Why wasn’t the Mike Smith “injury” a goal?  I was completely confused as I stood in the stands

Posted by neffernin on 10/19/13 at 11:58 PM ET

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I think at this point we all have seen and know what the Wings lack and need, and who is helping and hurting.

Someone, whose job title is “General Manager”, now needs to do their godd*mn job.

You know, the one he should have done any time before now.

Posted by Primis on 10/19/13 at 11:59 PM ET

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I think at this point we all have seen and know what the Wings lack and need, and who is helping and hurting.

Someone, whose job title is “General Manager”, now needs to do their godd*mn job.

You know, the one he should have done any time before now.

God forbid the Wings go 6-3 to start off the year

Posted by neffernin on 10/20/13 at 12:00 AM ET

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excuse Monger reveals his dirty bald head

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/20/13 at 12:04 AM ET

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probably covered with a tin foil hat

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/20/13 at 12:05 AM ET

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God forbid the Wings go 6-3 to start off the year

Posted by neffernin on 10/20/13 at 12:00 AM ET

I think we all (if we actually pay attention I guess) that even in a number of wins, the Wings have not played very well.

There are real problems.  There have been real problems.  They are a probably just a couple of plays away from being 5-4 or even only 4-5 instead of 6-3.  That Carolina game alone is a gimme’ for a game that’s padding their record and masking some things.

Posted by Primis on 10/20/13 at 12:18 AM ET

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Goals added.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/20/13 at 12:19 AM ET

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Jkm, what the *#$%@& are you talking about? Other than the fact that you’re an *#$%@&? If you don’t like what you read here, GO AWAY. You’re an annoying but insignificant troll and your jabs are silly.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/20/13 at 12:25 AM ET

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Can’t stand Mike Smith.  He’s always pulling sh!t like that, too. Combined with Doan, that’s one very hateable team..

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 10/20/13 at 12:35 AM ET

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Also: Tinfoil and bald heads doesn’t work. You’ve got a fantastic conductor of heat directly stuck to a heat source. You get sweaty right away. So I can’t wear tinfoil.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/20/13 at 12:36 AM ET

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I think we all (if we actually pay attention I guess) that even in a number of wins, the Wings have not played very well.

There are real problems.  There have been real problems.  They are a probably just a couple of plays away from being 5-4 or even only 4-5 instead of 6-3.  That Carolina game alone is a gimme’ for a game that’s padding their record and masking some things.

Damn, I forgot they changed it so shots on goal and overall poor play is what puts you higher in the standings, not winning games.

Yes, it seems like the other team is the puck possession, sog powerhouse the Wings usually are in just about every game so far. Definitely what anyone who is all high and mighty and is “really paying attention” would notice.

Personally, I root for the Wings to win though, dirty goals, poor play, over reliance on the goaltender, I really don’t care. If I wanted pretty I’d watch figure skating.

Posted by neffernin on 10/20/13 at 01:02 AM ET

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The Wings dealt with a significant number of in-season changes and are having a bumpy start, but are still 6-and-3 going into a litmus test game against the Sharks on Monday, another one against the Senators on Wednesday and one more test against the Rangers next Saturday.

Weiss isn’t going at all—for no lack of trying on his part—and his teammates are up and down. At this point, given the hiccups, I will take what I can get.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/20/13 at 01:19 AM ET

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Personally, I root for the Wings to win though, dirty goals, poor play, over reliance on the goaltender, I really don’t care. If I wanted pretty I’d watch figure skating.

Posted by neffernin on 10/20/13 at 01:02 AM ET

Did they win tonight, playing the way they did?  No?  And is PHX a good team?  No?

Then I guess they need to fix things, if W’s are what you want.


I’m not worried about Weiss, George.  It’s not from any lack of effort on his part, and at some point it’s going to click.  I *am* worried about what they did putting 40, 13, and 11 together on a line and basically abandoning the entire idea of secondary scoring (remember how the idea at the start of the season was to try to roll 3 or 4 lines that were threats in their own way?).  And I *am* concerned about where the bottom six forwards seem to be at with their game.  And I *am* concerned with why Tatar’s talents are sitting unused and Nyquist rots in Grand Rapids.

I am also worried about the blue line still but let’s face it:  there is no fix for that barring a trade now.  Sit Smith, sure, but Lashoff is still learning, Dekeyser is still learning, and Quincey is still Quincey.  There are going to be tons of blips and hiccups still, best-case.  At this point you just hope Kindl steps up some, Dekeyser continues to trend upwards, and that you can somehow hide Quincey (and Smith if he ever plays).

Posted by Primis on 10/20/13 at 01:57 AM ET

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Personally, I root for the Wings to win though, dirty goals, poor play, over reliance on the goaltender, I really don’t care. If I wanted pretty I’d watch figure skating.

That’s putting winning ahead of entertainment, and sports are supposed to be entertaining.

I do care how the Wings play. I want them to win, but I don’t want to watch crappy hockey all year either.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/20/13 at 02:41 AM ET

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Babcock and his line changes…I didn’t understand the reason for switching Bertuzzi and Alfredsson on the first and third lines when they seemed more comfortable in their roles where they were the past couple games. Same with Samuelsson and Tootoo. Terrible to say, but I don’t see a fit for Samuelsson anywhere on this team.

I also thought the timing of the Smith injury was very suspect. It was a total momentum buster and robbed us of a goal. They should have given him a delay of game penalty if they didn’t make him at least go get checked out in the locker room. To let him stop play like that and then continue playing with no consequence is only going to encourage that behavior.

And we sure do miss Kronwall, and I hope he’s able to get back on the ice soon. Games like today’s make you appreciate him more, and help understand why Brendan Smith spent some time in the Leino Lounge… ouch!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 10/20/13 at 03:24 AM ET

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Personally, I root for the Wings to win though, dirty goals, poor play, over reliance on the goaltender, I really don’t care. If I wanted pretty I’d watch figure skating.

How stupid and shortsighted is this?

Primis is right, The Wings have some serious problems going on right now.  Yes, it’s good that they’re winning right now, but the point is that if they continue to play like they have been they won’t continue to win.  Nobody’s going to go deep into the playoffs, much less win a Stanley Cup playing the way they have.  He’ll, if Gustavsson didn’t play as well as he did the Wings wouldn’t have a winning record right now.

So if you “root for the Wings to win though” then you should damn well be worried about their play because they won’t be winning in the long run playing like they have been.

Posted by Garth on 10/20/13 at 11:02 AM ET

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As much as I like Tatar and Nyquist, I’d love to see them get a spot on an NHL team rather than get stuck in GR forever. We need serious defensemen. It would be great to see Holland package one or two of our forwards with Quincey and/or Smith to open roster room and get a top 4 Dman and a prospect Dman in return.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/20/13 at 01:32 PM ET

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