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Red Wings defeat Ducks in OT—youth nearly kills Wings before it serves ‘em

I'm writing the quick take soon, but for now...Talk about it. Smith and Quincey nearly cost the Wings the game on the 1-0 goal, Lashoff checked Howard on the 2-1 goal...

And yet Pavel Datsyuk tied it and Damien Brunner, whose ass was nailed to the bench in the 3rd, scored the OT winner via a Lashoff save and Nyquist-Andersson assist. Detroit wins 3-2 in OT.

2-2 going to Anaheim for Wednesday. *#$%@&' a.

Quick thought: Damien Brunner played 11:16, the least amount of ice time on the team, and his ass barely left the bench in the 3rd period, if it left the bench at all.

Okay, right, thoughts: The Red Wings do indeed have to win 2 of the next 3 games with 2 taking place in Anaheim, which isn't a pleasant thought...

But if this season hasn't been a microcosm of the Wings' season and the last week thereof, I don't know what it's been.

A team taking far too many easy shots on opposing goalies who end up looking like hockey Jeebuses because they're facing single, un-obstructed pucks that aren't chased down by a team interested generating secondary or tertiary scoring chances in any way, shape or form--to the point that I almost wanted to cry when I found out that Tomas Holmstrom was watching the game, because I shit you not, I fully believe that the Wings miss him more than they miss Lidstrom...

And, of course, a team committing so many self-inflicted wounds that the Ducks have no real right to lament their open-net and empty-net chances because the Wings essentially put both goals in for them, mostly because the Wings are so very young and error-prone (sometimes both, given the John Mayer and Taylor Swift love child that is, "Let it go through my legs and then I'll decide what to do with it" Kyle Quincey at times)...

Matt Beleskey's goal at 5:07 of the 1st was easy as easy could be. Brendan Smith screwed up a pass under pressure, Quincey spread his legs, and as soon as you could say, "Oh God no!" the puck was behind Howard.

Yes, no doubt, in a game where referees treated their whistles like suppositories while most of the hooking and holding was conveniently one-sided, the fact that the Wings held themselves in there, in no small part due to Jimmy Howard's play, while the team out-shot Anaheim 27-15 but did NOT out-chance them over the first 40 minutes, all of that was excellent. Kind of like Niklas Kronwall's hit on Emerson Etem solid. Rock solid.

Especially given that Mikael Samuelsson was iffy at best on the 1st line, that Valtteri Filppula still can't or won't shoot and given that Todd Bertuzzi's got a gigantic coat of rust on him. Who would have thought that not having Justin Abdelkader in the lineup (until Game 6, noted Mickey Redmond) would result in such a detrimental reduction in potency for the Datsyuk-Zetterberg pairing?

In the third period, after watching the Red Wings SO FRUSTRATINGLY continue their pattern of turning pucks over in the neutral zone, sending one or two puck carriers in on 3-5 Ducks and then responding to their one-and-done chances by, as Wings coach Mike Babcock just said, GIVING the Ducks so many amazing scoring chances...

Howard was there.

And Brendan Smith bailed his ass out, scoring a lovely goal while ripping a hard and retrieved shot passed back to him by Joakim Andersson and Danny Cleary into the Ducks' net, all off 2 Ducks and while Andersson did his best to impersonate Holmstrom.

Until Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff also imploded under pressure, turned the puck over, and Lashoff ended up checking Howard while Kyle Palmieri and David Steckel jammed the puck past Howard with only 9:20 left in the 3rd period.

All of a sudden, the Wings were down 2-1, and in a transition year, having reluctantly "gone with the kids," it looked like the Wings' season was going to evaporate in a cloud of brain farts, unforced errors and unpursued shots...

But the Wings did keep pressing, and they began to really roar up ice in numbers, with puck support and with north-south efficiency, and of all people, Quincey and Smith offered a slick set of outlet passes to Pavel Datsyuk, who walked up the wing and fired a sneaky slithery shot past Jonas Hiller with 6:33 remaining in regulation.

The Wings kept going, but couldn't dent the net going into OT...Though Johan Franzen tried...stupid black pads...

And Joakim Andersson, who made brilliant plays slightly more often than he put himself offsides during the game, took a mysterious high-sticking penalty because Corey Perry high sticked himself 1:05 into OT.

Again, Howard had to be superb and he got lucky more than once, but after that, it seemed like the Wings weren't going to give Corey Perry any more open nets (did I mention that part?), and instead, the Wings decided to play more like Anaheim does--and more like the Wings used to--charging up ice AND charging toward Hiller, and with 4:50 left in OT...

Andersson gave a lovely little outlet pass to Nyquist via smart 3rd/4th assists from the sometimes-shaky Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff, Nyquist roared up on the 1-on-2, lost the battle but managed to get the puck mucked back to Damien Brunner, who took the garbage and deposited it in the back of the net.

Detroit finally won, with its "kids" registering six of the 9 points scored by its players, and its goaltender perhaps playing better stopping 31 of 33 shots than Hiller was in stopping 46 of 49, and now the Wings are in a best of 3, having to win 2 to advance.

With enemy territory dominating the remainder of the series.

That's nothing less than appropriate, and after a belief-building and identity-finding game like this one, sure, the odds are still against Detroit, but the, "Why not us?" line seems incredibly appropriate right now. Especially given that, as Darren Eliot (of all people) points out, Zetterberg led the Wings with 8 shots, Datsyuk was amazing late and Kronwall and Ericsson were rock solid.

The leaders have needed some run support for a while now, and they finally got it...Even if it was only after the "kids" nearly killed their own team's chances.

Update: Here's a full slate of game highlights...

Statistics:

Shts 49-33 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Anaheim 13-8 in the 1st, 14-7 in the 2nd, 14-9 in the 3rd and were out-shot 9-8 in OT.

The Red Wings went 0-for-1 in 2:00 of PP time; the Ducks went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 31 of 33 shots; Jonas Hiller stopped 46 of 49.

The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk and Damien Brunner.

The Wings' goals: Smith (1) from Cleary (2) and Andersson (1);

Datsyuk (1) from Smith (1) and Quincey (2);

Brunner (2) from Nyquist (1) and ANdersson (2), OT.

Faceoffs 39-31 Anaheim (Detroit won 44%);

Blocked shots 21-7 Anaheim;

Missed shots 19-12 Detroit (attempts 79-52 Detroit, with Detroit firing 49 shots on Hiller and 30 wide or into Ducks players);

Hits 38-26 Anaheim;

Giveaways 11-3 Detroit;

Takeaways 5-5.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 8-and-12 (40%); Andersson went 7-and-12 (37%); Filppula went 10-and-8 (56%); Zetterberg went 2-and-4 (33%); Emmerton went 4-and-3 (57%);

Shots: Zetterberg led the Wings with 8 shots; Eaves, Quincey, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi and Franzen had 4; Cleary and Datsyuk had 3; smith, Kindl, Lashoff, Brunner, Emmerton, Ericsson and Andersson had 2; Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Ericsson fired 6 shots into Ducks players; Datsyuk had 3 attempts blocked; Smith, Eaves and Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked; Kindl, Nyquist, Emmerton, Quincey, Kronwall and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Kronwall missed the net 4 times; Datsyuk, Eaves, Quincey, Zetterberg and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Smith, Kindl, Lashoff, Samuelsson and Ericsson missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Eaves led the Wings with 6 hits; Kindl, Datsyuk and Kronwall had 4; Nyquist had 3; Smith, Lashoff, Quincey, Ericsson and Franzen had 2; Cleary, Emmerton, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Filppula and Andersson had 1.

Giveaways: Cleary, Nyquist and Ericsson had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Emmerton, Quincey, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi had 1.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 2 takeaways; Eaves, Brunner and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 2 shots; Kindl, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Lashoff and Zetterberg blocked 1.

Penalty minutes: Bertuzzi, Andersson and Franzen took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: the Wings finished at a collective +5. Filppula and Franzen finished at -1; Kindl, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Lashoff, Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Andersson finished at +1.

Points: Smith had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Andersson had 2 assists; Datsyuk and Brunner scored goals; Cleary, Nyquist and Quincey had assists.

Ice time: Ericsson led the team with 28:56 played; Kronwall played 28:50; Datsyuk played 25:07;

Quincey played 24:34; Franzen played 24:18; Zetterberg played 24:15;

Smith played 23:42; Kindl played 22:05; Filppula played 22:01;

Samuelsson played 21:48; Lashoff played 20:22; Cleary played 20:11;

Andersson played 16:35; Bertuzzi played 14:55; Emmerton played 14:13;

Nyquist played 14:05; Eaves played 12:37; Brunner played 11:16.
 

 

Via RedWIngsFeed: Here's Jimmy Howard speaking to the media after the game...

Here's Niklas Kronwall...

And here's Damien Brunner...

And We All Bleed Red's YouTube clip of the Brunner goal is awesome:

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Figaro's avatar

All Hail the Nyqvist.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/06/13 at 11:22 PM ET

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So Sammy didn’t suck on the first line…but he wasn’t great either.  I assume we’ll keep him there for Game 5. Hopefully he’ll be stronger with a game under his belt.

Also, I’d really like it if someone could tell our D-men before Game 5 that the idea is to hit the net, not miss it over and over and over…and over.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/06/13 at 11:24 PM ET

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That’s the second time that line’s come up huge in the game winners for the Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/06/13 at 11:25 PM ET

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ALRIGHTY THEN!!!!!

Survived this one!

To do list:
1) Find pet stores
2) Buy lots of pets
3) Build sacrifice altar
4) Never get so close to a heart attack again


63-14-24 line os LOOKING GOOOOOOOOD!!!!

Posted by Zqto on 05/06/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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I think Samuelsson fit in remarkable well on the first line.

Pretty much everybody had a good game. Easily the best game of the playoffs for them. I feel kind of stupid saying it, the difference is so clear.

It just doesn’t matter who the roster is. As long as puck possession is a clearly defined system, players can follow it. Tonight sure looked close to puck possession hockey.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/06/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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Sammy looked quite strong to me, I thought he was good. Andersson is just…don’t have the words to describe how good and steady he was yet again, and Nyquist can just fly, there’s times it looks like Helm is on the ice because I see a guy moving at that speed. Having them on the ice together is hopefully going to be a dream come true at some point…such a stressful game, deserved the win…maaaan, I’m all tired now.

Posted by Marisabel on 05/06/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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Glad I took a nap today.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 05/06/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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The ducks drop soooo deep in there zone that our dmen are wide open at the point. They need to continue to exploit that so that eventually the forwards will have more room to operate down low.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/06/13 at 11:29 PM ET

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And BWT, that Pasha LASER…  WHERE THE FREAK THAT CAME FROM???


GOD DAMN IT, I’m gonna have a hard time sleeping right now…  Damn adrenaline!
I HATE OTs!!!!  FUUUUUUUUUUU

Posted by Zqto on 05/06/13 at 11:29 PM ET

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Also it s amazing what. A little confidence can do for a player like smith. He played terribly all series including this game, but as soon as he scored he started having more confidence to shoot and deke.  I hope he brings that to the next game. And please bench Quincey for white or cola.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/06/13 at 11:32 PM ET

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Why the hell aren’t the 3rd line guys playing 18 minutes a game?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/06/13 at 11:32 PM ET

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And BWT, that Pasha LASER…  WHERE THE FREAK THAT CAME FROM???

You want a reminder that this isn’t new?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkB-pOalb8

My fingernails have a bit left to chew on,... kids, go figure.

LGRW

Posted by Bugsy on 05/06/13 at 11:34 PM ET

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Also it s amazing what. A little confidence can do for a player like smith. He played terribly all series including this game, but as soon as he scored he started having more confidence to shoot and deke.  I hope he brings that to the next game. And please bench Quincey for white or cola.

^^^^^^^^^^ This.  Smith really struggled for most of that game.  Quincey struggled the entire game.  As mentioned before, Neither Quincey nor Cleary will ever be benched (despite Q’s faults and poor Danny not having any legs left).

Why the hell aren’t the 3rd line guys playing 18 minutes a game?

Because Cleary has to play those minutes…for some reason.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/06/13 at 11:35 PM ET

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Also, I’d really like it if someone could tell our D-men before Game 5 that the idea is to hit the net, not miss it over and over and over…and over.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/06/13 at 11:24 PM ET

At least they’re shooting…

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 11:37 PM ET

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Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/06/13 at 11:35 PM ET

I’ve been a vocal critic of Clearly this season…. but in the playoffs he has been fast on his skates, outstanding in winning puck battles, getting to lose pucks, and giving his d-men outlets.  That play late in the game where he was standing with the puck flat footed made me squeeze out a diamond, but I think over all its hard to question his play in this series. 

Honestly I’d give him an A+ in this series… the regular season?.... not so much.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 11:42 PM ET

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Good news.

Posted by stibbens on 05/06/13 at 11:56 PM ET

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If it gets there, still not really looking forward to the series with Chicago.

Posted by neffernin on 05/06/13 at 11:58 PM ET

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Recap now has highlights and more blather from me.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/06/13 at 11:59 PM ET

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Feeling better, George?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/07/13 at 12:00 AM ET

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If it gets there, still not really looking forward to the series with Chicago.

Any extra playoff experience for the young players will likely help, even if they get swept, but they were tied after 60 minutes in 3 of the 4 regular season games vs. Chicago. I’d rather hope they win this series and be optimistic against Chicago.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/07/13 at 12:03 AM ET

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Patrick Eaves showed why the team needs to consider keeping him.


I wish Z’s SOG totals would get asterisks.  I think 2 of those 8 were from outside the blueline, and another 2 or 3 were weak floaters not necessarily with anyone even in front of the net to get them.  I often have no idea what he’s doing shooting anymore, or why he’s shooting.

I won’t count the bad angle shot amongst the bad ones, that’s actually a good one form nearly behind the net.  He and others can take that shot all day if it’s there.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/13 at 12:04 AM ET

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If you look carefully, Andersson grabs Beauchemin’s stick during Smith’s goal. I can’t imagine that Beauchemin was happy after that… so there’s a missed call in our favor.

Nyqvist really draws attention to himself when he speeds up the ice like that. Allen was staring at Nyqvist, dives even though the other dman should be handling Nyqvist and ties up Hiller and Brunner has no one covering him as he scoops it into the empty net. We can only imagine what it’d be like to have Helm back… A line with Nyqvist, Helm and Eaves or Brunner would be the fastest thing imaginable… As it is, our third line isn’t too shabby although of course 13 and 40 deserve a better linemate.

Posted by EDJ on 05/07/13 at 12:05 AM ET

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Brunner had 2 shifts in the third…the second being the Steckel goal. Got regular time in OT though.

Posted by AZWinger on 05/07/13 at 12:12 AM ET

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Just listen tothat damn crowd.

WOW

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/07/13 at 12:18 AM ET

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Any extra playoff experience for the young players will likely help, even if they get swept, but they were tied after 60 minutes in 3 of the 4 regular season games vs. Chicago. I’d rather hope they win this series and be optimistic against Chicago.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/07/13 at 12:03 AM ET

Yes, I would take a series win in a heartbeat, don’t care how the next round goes.

On the ice for the game winning shift.
Your 2013 Detroit Red Wings.

Nyquist
Andersson
Brunner
Lashoff
Kindl

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/07/13 at 12:19 AM ET

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Your 2013 Detroit Red Wings.

Nyquist
Andersson
Brunner
Lashoff
Kindl

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/07/13 at 12:19 AM ET

Yet the Grffins are STILL kicking ass.

That’s good recruiting there folks

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/07/13 at 12:23 AM ET

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Last thing I can do tonight:

Barry Melrose on the second goal: “This is unbelievable, this guy is a freak of nature, a little(?—couldn’t quite hear him) guy like that, throws a wrist shot that hard, off his wrong foot, under the bar on a hot goaltender. Unbelievable.”

Was it the wrong foot? He shot it while leaning on his left foot. When I played rec hockey, etc., I was a right handed shot and if anything shot on my right foot. I have no idea now.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/07/13 at 12:29 AM ET

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From ESPN:

During the Red Wings’ run of playing in 22 straight postseasons, they have won 11 of 19 series that were tied at 2-2.


I like those odds.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/07/13 at 12:38 AM ET

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The “wrong foot” rule is counter-intuitive. You would think that you’d lean on the same foot as the “bottom hand” on your stick, but you actually get more momentum and power on your shot from the weight that’s transferred when you shift onto your opposite leg.

So shooting off your “right foot” when you shoot left is literally shooting off your right foot, and shooting off your “right foot” when you shoot right is shooting with your left foot planted and your right foot off the ice/ground/street/whatever.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/07/13 at 12:41 AM ET

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Those are odds with different teams.

They started playing honest the longer the game went on.  By the third they were playing a VERY honest game, gap could’ve been a little better but the D was moving the puck majority of the time.  Cost us a couple hem ups, battled through it though.  Honest hockey. 

I LOVED with Bert on the ice the Ducks really puckered up.  His presence really makes the other Wings feel bigger for whatever reason.  He’s got the DeKeyser effect on the F’s.

Great battle tonight.  Get ready for round 5.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/07/13 at 12:45 AM ET

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Before we make too much of Brunner not playing much, Babcock has always sat defensive liabilities late in games.  He used to sub Cleary or Franzen in Homer’s spot on the Datsyuk line fairly regularly when the games were winding down (thinking back to 08-10), sit Hudler, etc.  Granted, that was usually in a narrow lead situation but I wouldn’t put it past him in this game.  It just kind’ve seemed like a matter of time before Datsyuk potted one or set someone else up with a goal they couldn’t miss, right?  They couldn’t have stood a two goal deficit in the third due to a defensive lapse.

Just another theory for the Brummer Mill.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/07/13 at 12:45 AM ET

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Nyquist can’t fly.  it was wind-aided and he hit a patch of ice.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/07/13 at 12:46 AM ET

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I LOVED with Bert on the ice the Ducks really puckered up.  His presence really makes the other Wings feel bigger for whatever reason. 

I couldn’t agree more.  I’d almost like to see them throw big money at Clarkson for that reason alone.  He’d help keep the bitches honest, right?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/07/13 at 12:46 AM ET

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Ericsson’s making Holland look genius on that contract. He’s a bonafide top-4 dman. He has been a beast all season and stepped it up even more tonight. This was one of his best games of the year.

And despite Bertuzzi’s coat of rust, he was dangerous. That line has several quality chances and definitely controlled play more often than not when they were out there. Sammy on the other hand was terrible other than a handful of plays. I honestly think Tootoo’s energy might help our team more than Sammy’s… uh… right handed shot(?)

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/07/13 at 12:51 AM ET

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Maybe its my mind playing tricks on me but I swear Bertuzzi used to be bigger.  That being said, his positioning was far better this game than last. 

Tootoo’s energy is great but I’d be deathly afraid of him taking penalties.

Will be in attendance for the game on Wed, very happy that I’m seeing a 2-2 game 5 and not a 3-1!

Posted by neffernin on 05/07/13 at 01:30 AM ET

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ALL SIX Wings on the ice touched that damn puck for the OT winner.  Those fuchers owned that moment.

Bring on Game fuching Five.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/07/13 at 01:34 AM ET

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Anyone know the last time the league a referee called a dive?

In the second period of the Rangers @ Capitals game on Saturday, Derek Dorsett blatantly dove to draw an interference penalty (the other referee initially wasn’t going to call anything, but he did call one of the many dives that game on the “play”). There might have been others since, but I doubt it.

Posted by bleep bloop on 05/07/13 at 02:10 AM ET

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Some random bs:
First game in three that the Red Wings did not give up three third period goals
Firsts in the series:
The Red Wings did not give up three goals (after allowing three or more twice in April, excluding game one and shootout freebies)
The Red Wings had more shots on goal
The Red Wings had more hits (George, you have the hits stat reversed amazingly enough)
The Red Wings did not win as many faceoffs
No power play goals were scored
First to score lost

Posted by bleep bloop on 05/07/13 at 02:31 AM ET

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In case George is unable to put in the long report, little tidbits while I have time:

Alan Muir (George’s favorite) noted similarly that the Wings didn’t get in front of the net as Babcock wanted until the 3rd period, then good things happened. Thought Datsyuk might not have scored if Hiller comes out of the net a foot rather than anticipate a pass—his one big mistake of the night. He thought Patrick Eaves should have been one of the 3 stars, wrongly assumed (a la Petr Klima) that Brunner was on the bench in the 3rd due to lack of defense (See below), and liked the Kronwalling he saw/the chant with it. He also thought Corey Perry (another of our favorites) will be kicking himself tonight for blown opportunities.
http://nhl.si.com/2013/05/07/nhl-playoffs-red-wings-beat-ducks-on-brunners-ot-goal-series-knotted-at-2/?sct=hp_t2blog_a1

Bruce Boudeau: “It was a real good game for [Steckel],” Boudreau said. “Some of the lesser-lights played really good and some of the guys you expect to be really good weren’t as good as you like and that’s unfortunate….They played very good, very hard, very desperate. I don’t think, quite frankly, we had 20 players playing. We had some passengers. If we don’t have all four lines going, you have to mix and match. I didn’t want to mix and match, but we didn’t have guys going.”
http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012030164


Mike Babcock:
Although coach Mike Babcock used Brunner less than any of the other Red Wings – the only player who saw less ice time than Brunner’s 11 minutes, 16 seconds was Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri at 10:09 – Babcock insisted it had nothing to do with his miscue in Game 3.

“I’m not interested in the last turnover,” Babcock said. “We used him more sparingly tonight just because the other guys were playing heavier on the puck. He’s a guy that just flat-out scores. He knows how to score. He’s going to be a good Red Wing in time. He’s going to learn how to play right. He’s going to learn how to play heavy.

“You don’t have to be heavy to play here, but he’ll figure this stuff out. The other thing about a guy that likes to score, he likes to be out there on the ice. When you look at the minutes and you don’t get the minutes you want, you figure out a way to do something about that.”
http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2013/05/damien_brunner_goes_from_goat.html


More Babcock:
The young Red Wings defense was both good and bad in Game 4.

“Our young D had their moments that they weren’t very nice to look at or watch honestly,” Babcock said. “We have to do better without (the puck). When you look at this game, you look at the shots (49-33 Red Wings), you think we dominated the game.

“We did but we gave up glorious chances. Absolutely glorious chances. (Corey) Perry gets in. We gave him the puck to walk in. That can’t happen.”
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Babcock said he discussed the lineup changes with some of the Red Wings leaders, which include Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson.

The veterans have tried to make the playoff experience as smooth as possible for the six players making their debuts.

“It’s upon (the leadership) to keep everyone else calm and focused, and ready to go,” Howard said. “Never get too high or too low. Try to keep that even keel.

“You have to find a balance.”
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130507/SPORTS0103/305070357/1004/


The Ducks strategy, including the first goal”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has preached his brand of measured aggressiveness all season and Monday the principle was certainly in effect. The Ducks forechecked and worked aggressively to tire out the Wings’ defense.

“I think we’ve been doing it all year,” Beleskey told Fox Sports West in the first intermission. “That’s how we’re beating up on teams. We try to get them down low, work their D and tire them out.”
http://www.freep.com/article/20130507/SPORTS05/305070029/


Brendan Smith on his own learning experiences of playoff hockey:
There’s nothing like playoff hockey. You can talk about it all you want and practice as much as possible, but nothing replaces playoff experience.

“I think it’s the more you play, the better you get,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “You will do mistakes, but you just gotta flush it out and come back and play a good game next one.”

Smith knows that feeling as well. He and Kyle Quincey were fumbling around when Matt Beleskey got several chances to put the puck past Jimmy Howard and finally did to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period.

But Smith atoned for that with his first career playoff goal, at 1:18 of the second, tying the game at 1.

“When everybody says, ‘It’s playoff hockey,’ you don’t really know until you’re in it,” Smith said. “All you guys can say, ‘Oh, it’s playoff hockey,’ but it’s unbelievable how much it jumps up. You see guys blocking shots everywhere, myself included.

“It’s just the will to win, the competition level. You look around, everybody’s so competitive to win.”
http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/nhl/detroit-red-wings/story/Brunner-and-rest-of-Wings-kids-are-alrig?blockID=899779&feedID=3706


Hope you’re better George, hope this isn’t repetitious, and thanks for the foot/shot response.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/07/13 at 04:48 AM ET

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Couldn’t agree more on your comment about Holmstrom.

Posted by joedaiceman on 05/07/13 at 07:34 AM ET

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