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Red Wings-Ducks game 1 quick take: getting off on the wrong foot

Hello there. I'd like to thank Paul for putting in yeoman's work keeping TMR up and running...He may have to do so for another day or two. I have been flat on my back since last Friday's fifteen or sixteen visits with my restroom, unable to sit up or eat solid food, and the last time I was this acutely ill, I had the norovirus. These symptoms and timeline of infection appear to be identical.

So that's where I've been. I will try to get back to "normal" over the next day or two but my brain is not in charge of the machine at present, and I'm gonna be honest--it's scary, because there's nothing to "push" off from. I'll do my best to get healthy, but viruses run their course and I'm just along for the ride right now.

In any case, I had feared that the Red Wings would have a let-down game after playing and having to win 4 games over the course of 6 nights in order to make the playoffs. It's why I cringed when I'd heard that the Wings would begin their first-round series against Anaheim on Tuesday and not Wednesday.

And given the incredibly meager offensive output--22 shots ON the net and 33 more attempts wide or into Ducks players for a team that had been firing 35+ shots and 60-70 pucks at or near the net over the past week--and unfocused effort displayed during the Wings' 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday...

The symptomology indicates mental fatigue and the combined effects of travel and readjusting one's sights from making the dance to winning the dance did indeed catch up with the Wings, especially against an opponent that had been preparing for playoff hockey mentally while not needing to press particularly hard to retain its Pacific Division title since...

Early March.

The Wings seemed to start strongly enough, but during a 2012 season and post-season in which refereeing is spurious at best and tends to focus most specifically upon stick fouls, Jordin Tootoo took a cross-checking penalty halfway through the first period (somewhat ironic given the amounts of hooking, holding, clutching and grabbing that the Ducks engaged in), and, right off the faceoff, Nick Bonino stood in front of a Cam Fowler shot, tipped it down, and into the net it went, 1-0 Ducks 10:24 in.

The Wings slowly but surely pushed back at Hiller and the Ducks--and it should be said that, given the Wings' lack of traffic in front of Hiller and almost complete and total lack of secondary and tertiary opportunities, Hiller will be painted as the hero in this one, but it was Howard who faced more rubber (4 more shots), more traffic and more quality and sustained scoring chances, Howard was the reason the Wings were in it until that empty-netter--and in a rare instance when the Wings actually went to the front of the net, and Danny Cleary got in the way of a superb Jakub Kindl shot to tip it down, all via sustained pressure from Eaves, Cleary and Filppula...

But that was about it offensively for the Wings, and when your offense goes kaputt with 3:55 left in the 1st, you're in trouble.

Did the Wings work hard after that?

Yes.

Did the Wings skate particularly well after that, provide passing outlets for each other, provide shooting options for puck-carriers when their defensemen weren't being chased out from behind the net by Ducks forecheckers, were the Wings skating up as 5 men instead of 1 or 2, and were they defending as a 5-man unit?

No, no, no, no, and also no. And however other many no's or retractions I need as I'm too sick-dumb tired to count up the clause-by-clause agreement.

The 2nd period was watching the Wings skate into the Ducks' trap, wait an extra 2 seconds to shoot or pass up a fine chance to shoot only to end up either sending the puck into a Ducks player, wide of the net or instead plain old turning it over and letting the Ducks go the other way...

And when the Wings did get pucks on Hiller, so very few of their 5 2nd period or 11 3rd period shots were aimed anywhere other than the bottom 12 inches of the net that a butterfly perfectionist simply had to let those big pads and gigantic thigh rises hit the ice and he was going to stop everything the Wings threw at him.

Late in the 2nd period, Jakub Kindl--who was better than most would think given the fact that Kindl is at times the only Wings defenseman who's unafraid to shoot the puck--took a dumb penalty by flicking it over the glass, and it bit the Wings in the 3rd, when, at the end of the PK, Teemu Selanne found time and space around the right half boards and flickered a one-timer through Danny DeKeyser's legs and over Howard's blocker. All of 1:26 into the 3rd, the Ducks were up 2-1...

And it was very hard to watch the Wings tire themselves out for the balance of the period. Yes, they out-shot Anaheim 11-10 instead of being out-shot 10-5 as they were in the 2nd, but when Gustav Nyquist throwing a Datsyukian shoulder into a Ducks player and yielding a scoring chance as a result is the highlight of the period, Justin Abdelkader's jab past Hiller (who got incredibly lucky because he was a righty and gloved a puck headed toward his butt and into the net) excluded, the Zetterbergs, Datsyuks, Franzens, Filppulas, Franzens, etc. aren't getting the job done.

The later the game went, the more it looked to me like the Wings were trying to make the puck do the work for them, and the ice is far too bad in Anaheim late in games--and the ignored hooks and holds committed by Boudreau's trap-happy team were far too frequent--for the Wings to do anything other than let their skating, shooting, puck retrieval, energy, effort, focus, desire and attention to detail push the puck into the net.

All of those details of the Wings' game slowly but surely faded into the hooks and holds and tight Duck checking, and by the time Zetterberg won a faceoff but, somehow, the puck ended up on Francois Beauchemin's stick and landed in the back of an empty net, it was pretty apparent that this series was going to get off on the wrong webbed foot.

It's a race to four, and the Wings' margin for error is slim to nil going forward, but this let-down was all but predictable, and the Wings received fine goaltending and can be much, much better in so many aspects of their game that there is no reason to panic too severely.

The Wings have put their foot in it and have faced self-made deficits all year long. This series won't be any different, and all the Wings need to do is take a page out of the Ducks' book offensively--putting some butts in front of Hiller, shooting more frequently and chasing pucks harder--and it wouldn't hurt if they team got a "hate" on for the petulant Ducks, either, but that can't be particularly hard given the kind of "leadership" their players display by cross-checking, hacking and chirping after the play.

Whether the Ducks are "gonna get it" in Game 2 is up to the Wings and is up to the Wings raising their levels of play and puck support. The Ducks are already running on all cylinders. Now the Wings need to catch up, and if they could add a healthy Todd Bertuzzi to the mix to bang some bodies and grind upon some notoriously thin-skinned temperaments, that'd be awesome.

That's what the Wings have to remember here: the Ducks are indeed a formidable foe, but during the Wings' pair of wins in the road-and-still-on-the-road series, the Ducks proved to be easy to distract, annoy and frustrate. If the Wings get back to playing even remotely like they did over the final week of the regular season, the Wings will strike back on Thursday evening.

Update: As I'm watching this, Babcock's on Fox Sports Detroit and he's stating that the Wings' puck-movement wasn't good on defense, and I agree. The team was loosey-goosey and even Babcock feels that the team displayed first-20-games nervousness instead of focus and finish.

Update #2: Highlights. I hope the Wings' website fixes things because they're currently narrated by the Ducks'  announcers:

Statistics:

Shots 27-22 Anaheim overall. Detroit was out-shot 7-6 in the 1st, 10-5 in the 2nd and out-shot Anaheim 11-10 in the 3rd.

The Ducks' power play went 2-for-5 in 5:52 of PP time; the Wings' power play went 1-for-4 in 6:12 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced, and the Ducks' 27th shot went into an empty net; Hiller stopped 21 of 22.

The 3 stars were probably picked by the Ducks' broadcast because the "by" part is unlisted, and consists of Saku Koivu, Jonas Hiller and Teemu Selanne.

The Wings' goal: Cleary (1) from Kindl (1) and Eaves (1).

Faceoffs 29-27 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);

Blocked shots 17-15 Anaheim;

Missed shots 16-8 Detroit (total attempts 55-50 Detroit, with 33 Detroit shots fired wide or into Ducks players and only 22 heading toward/past Hiller);

Hits 35-24 Anaheim;

Giveaways an ugly 13-8 Detroit;

Takeaways 3-2 Detroit.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-11 (48%); Andersson went 9-and-5 (64%); Filppula went 7-and-6 (54%); Emmerton went 3-and-3 (50%); Eaves and Zetterberg lost their only faceoffs.

Shots: Abdelkader led the team with 4 shots; Zetterberg had 3; Cleary, Nyquist, Quincey, Filppula and Franzen had 2; Smith, Datsyuk, Brunner, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Ducks players blocked 3 Brunner attempts; Smith, Quincey, Zetterberg and Kronwall had 2 attempts blocked; Kindl, Nyquist, tootoo, Ericsson, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 4 times; Andersson and DeKeyser missed the net 2 times; Smith, Kindl, Cleary, Datsyuk, Brunner, Emmerton, Quincey and Franzen missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 6 hits; Tootoo had 5; DeKeyser had 3; Kronwall had 2; Kindl, Nyquist, Eaves, Brunner, Emmerton, Quincey, Ericsson and Franzen had 1.

Giveaways: Smith and Nyquist had 3 giveaways; Kindl and Ericsson had 2; Brunner, Zetterberg and Andersson had 1.

Takeaways: Filppula, Andersson and Franzen had takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Kindl blocked 4 Ducks shots; Emmerton, Quincey and DeKeyser blocked 2; Smith, Abdelkader, Tootoo, Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Kindl, Tootoo, Filppula and Andersson took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: the Wings finished at a collective -6. Kindl, Cleary, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Franzen finished at -1.

Points: Cleary had a goal; Kindl and Eaves had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 22:01; Zetterberg played 21:20; Kindl played 21:15;

Datsyuk played 20:46; DeKeyser played 19:31; Ericsson played 18:38;

Quincey played 18:18; Smith played 17:26; Franzen played 16:56;

Abdelkader played 16:39; Andersson played 15:23; Brunner played 15:19;

Nyquist played 15:07; Cleary played 14:54; Filppula played 14:31;

Eaves played 10:36; Emmerton played 10:11; Tootoo played 6:24.

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Yeah…everyone sees pretty much the same thing. That was the team from most of the season, not the team from the last week that knew it couldn’t afford to make stupid passes and only get 20 SOG per game anymore.

They looked bewildered. The kids have lessons to learn. But I’m sure they can do it. We were right there in the 3rd period…the puck just wouldn’t go in.

Play better, that’s all they have to do. Every single player and coach needs to find a way for them to play better.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/01/13 at 02:12 AM ET

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Wings first line got totally dominated by ducks 3rd line. they should feel bad.


E-52 had a very, very bad game in my opinion.

And last but not least, Jimmy has to have that Salami-shot. short side for fuchs sake…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 05/01/13 at 02:15 AM ET

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So I think that was the worst game they’ve played, if it can be called that, since March 31

Posted by bleep bloop on 05/01/13 at 02:23 AM ET

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I don’t think Howard saw that Selanne shot. It went through DeKeyser’s legs in my estimation.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/01/13 at 02:28 AM ET

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Good evening, George.

Did you happen to notice I wrote a blog this afternoon?  If you did, did you read it?  What did you think if you did? If it sucked tell me. Your opinion is gold to me. You know I got mad respect for your writings and opinions.  Thanks for your time.

DAN M

Posted by DAN M on 05/01/13 at 02:36 AM ET

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ok first, late second brutal. young D pretty exposed—kindl had a tough game in spots. they def had trouble breaking the forecheck and trap.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/01/13 at 02:37 AM ET

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that said, it was a close enough game. win the next one.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/01/13 at 02:40 AM ET

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Hey Chet I’m not worried whatsoever. How do you feel?  Do you think Wings or Ducks win the series?  I’m still predicting with Wings in 7. Book it.

Posted by DAN M on 05/01/13 at 02:45 AM ET

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Dan, your blog entry was enthusiastic and energetic. Keep at it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/01/13 at 02:57 AM ET

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That’s cool. Thanks George.  I hope you feel better. I can relate to your issues, believe me. Would you roll the same guys out for game 2 or would u change anybody out for anybody?

Posted by DAN M on 05/01/13 at 03:15 AM ET

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they should split the road games and go up 3-1 in detroit. that’d go a long way toward winning this series. smile

they’re fine. all the important goals were on the PP. the rooks know they gotta improve. i actually find myself understanding babs’ talk about how inspiring the young guys’ presence is when i see them in person.

they can still win this series, no doubt. no reason to panic.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/01/13 at 03:18 AM ET

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3-1 would be awesome. You know what else would be awesome?  Having Darren Helm back. I watched Cogliano skate like a madman all game. I watched Steve Begin terrorize us. Steve Begin. Cmon. Bertuzzi and Samuelsson would be nice too. Samuelsson to replace Quincey on the pp. Bertuzzi to spell Abdelkader on that top line from time to time. Cola on the pp would sure make me happier than KQ there too.

Posted by DAN M on 05/01/13 at 03:25 AM ET

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yeah, cog was scary. i said to my gf in the second, who the F is that w the wheels!? (don’t follow ducks much, hayward gives remenda run for his money as worst homer tv guy, etc.)

saw helm as the perfect threat against the ducks’ neutral zone cvg. they rightly don’t care about 93 floating their blue line on our breakouts.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/01/13 at 03:31 AM ET

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Hey Filppula $5M a year players bury their chances when they are alone in front of the net. But I think the breaking news is that I actually saw Filppula make a strong defensive play this game (on the play where Ericsson fell because he couldn’t stop on a dime)....

To me the story of the game was the Wings 1st line was frustrated when the d-men could get that first pass out of the zone. Ducks made adjustments in between 1st and 2nd and it showed…

But this neutral zone trapping makes for a very boring game.

And a big F U to NBCSports for not putting the game on until the 2nd period (thankful for the Slingbox). NBC have other channels: throw the game on one of them until you switch over (I am sure the 10:30pm CNBC financial shows won’t be missed—-it’s 10:30pm

Posted by d ca on 05/01/13 at 04:02 AM ET

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Posted by d ca on 05/01/13 at 04:02 AM ET

FYI - it was on the NHL Network

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 05/01/13 at 08:15 AM ET

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Big dose of reality last night reminding us of how inconsistent this team can be, specifically the veterans. Because I thought the kids played well in a tough physical game. Mistakes were made, but nothing we couldn’t have overcome with some scoring. Our top six forwards looked very weak for much of the game and spent a good share of their time just trying to break out of our zone. And once they did break out, there was no sustained pressure especially in the first two periods. Howard looked good, but I thought he could have been positioned better to stop that Selanne goal. Again, not the big problem. It’s the hot and cold scoring that plagues this team,

It was just one game, where all the scoring (except the EN at the end) was dependent upon the officiating crew, ugh! This is a team that swept the Ducks twice last month on their own pond. I want to see more of that!  GO WINGS!!!!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 05/01/13 at 08:18 AM ET

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That was… disappointing.

I thought the Getslapped tantrum at the end was fairly amusing, however, along with Francis B getting all up Cleary’s face like he’s some sort of bad-ass.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 05/01/13 at 09:24 AM ET

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1> Our giveaway breakout passes were so numerous it was sickening. E-52 had at least three tape to (duck) tape passes. Consider the net loss of puck control and pressure on that.

5> Sustained pressure in the offensive zone was minimal.

6> The Ducks played a great game. You have to give them credit. They are strong on the puck, big and fast.

7> Was Tootoo out there? I know he was, but his physical presence was missed.

8> Thought Jimmy played well. No way I can say Hiller “stole” that game. He played well too, but he didn’t see much sustained pressure.


Next game will need to be a bigger effort. I like the squad we have out there now. They can beat this team. And they will.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/01/13 at 09:48 AM ET

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Well, I saw two teams competing hard and a game that was very close.  I think adjustments will be made, Boudreau won’t have an answer for them, and the result of the next game will be much more favorable.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/01/13 at 09:49 AM ET

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Bert has to come in to create more traffic. My guess is Tootoo sits for now. But if Nyquist or brunner don’t pop in some points, one (or both) of them will have a seat.

Posted by mormerod19 on 05/01/13 at 10:47 AM ET

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Not a bad game for a road playoff opener.  The turnovers which have victimized us all year were brutal last night and I thought Kindl had an awful game.  The PK was not good and I am so sick of seeing Selanne score on the PP.

Not worried.  I believe.  We’ll come back strong in Game 2.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/01/13 at 10:52 AM ET

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Big dose of reality last night reminding us of how inconsistent this team can be, specifically the veterans.

Posted by SandysWingingit on 05/01/13 at 08:18 AM ET

The dose of reality is that they’re playing a team that’s better than them.

Sometimes it’s not anymore complicated than that.

The only chance the Wings have of winning this series is playing absolutely mistake-free hockey. They didn’t do that last night and they lost because of it. If they continue to make mistakes like Kindl’s delay of game, this will be a short series. Not that this is entirely on Kindl. A couple of guys named Datsyuk and Zetterberg had several opportunities to get that puck out of the zone themselves and they failed.

I had Anaheim winning in 6, with my gut telling me it’ll probably be 5. After last night’s game, it’s looking more like my gut was right.

Not trying to be a downer, that’s just what I see. The Ducks are better than the Wings.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/01/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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I had Anaheim winning in 6, with my gut telling me it’ll probably be 5. After last night’s game, it’s looking more like my gut was right.

I’m going to wait until after the 2nd game to agree with you.  If Detroit splits on the road they have a very good chance to win the series.  Which team shows up will determine who does what.  I still say someone other than the big 3 (Z, Dats and Mule) must step up and score some goals (I’m looking directly at you Mr. 5 mil a year man).

Posted by calquake on 05/01/13 at 11:31 AM ET

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A few thoughts from my end of the world:

1) Great shot by Selanne. That’s a shot where you tip your hat and skate back for the face-off.

2) Smith, Big E and DeKeyser all looked like they were playing in their first ever Play-Off game.  I find that is an acceptable performance by two of them.  Guess which one I am not happy with…

3)  Was Datsyuk sick or jet-lagged or…something?  He did not look like Datsyuk and without Datsyuk playing like Datsyuk, Zetterberg cannot fully be Zetterberg.

4) I sort of expected a drop off in performance for this game. I’m sure many of you did too.  We worked so hard for the last few weeks that you had to know that once we actually made the Play-offs, we’d have a big sigh of relief and relaxation.  It’s only human to do so.  Hopefully, getting outworked for most of this game will remind the boys that they should up the energy a bit.

5) I’m not a guy that uses a lot of swear words.  As much as I hate certain players around the league, I can usually find a cleaner nickname or description for them, (for example, I refer to Carcillo as a Rat, because he plays like one and actually looks like one. Seriously, look at that face!), but I’ve been working on this for years and I can’t come up with any better description for Corey Perry than “He’s a little Shit”.  He is a whiney little Shit that, in just this game, kneed/kicked Jimmy in the face (What? What did I do?  I’m innocent of nearly slicing a player’s neck open!) and, before one of the final face-offs, tried to pull Cleary’s skate out from under him sideways.  That’s a great way to pop a guy’s groin.  Classy moves, Perry. Classy moves.

6) I’m really happy we don’t have NBC’s “A team” for this series.  As discussed before, I love Doc, but I really, really hate Eddie and Pierre.  Poor Minnesota fans.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/01/13 at 11:31 AM ET

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1) Great shot by Selanne. That’s a shot where you tip your hat and skate back for the face-off.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/01/13 at 11:31 AM ET

Yep. It’s also a shot that Howard HAS TO STOP if the Wings are going to win this series.

It doesn’t matter that it was a great shot. It doesn’t matter if Howard didn’t see it. It doesn’t matter if he “had no chance” on it. It doesn’t matter if he played well otherwise.

Howard has to stop that shot. I’m not saying he should have, I’m saying he HAS TO, because there is no other option. The Wings aren’t good enough to beat this Anaheim team if Howard can’t make saves he has no business making.

It’s probably unfair, but it’s true. “Very good” isn’t going to cut it in this series. The Ducks have 3 lines that can hurt you offensively and the Wings are overmatched. The goalie has to make up the difference somehow. If he can’t, it’s over.

 

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/01/13 at 11:51 AM ET

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52 was TERRIBLE. I counted WAY more than 2 give aways. They were perfect passes to the other team.

Dekeyser looked solid, but first playoff game… what you gonna do?

Wings need to just play there game. They came off a 4 game win high. They will be ok.

Posted by scubastevie on 05/01/13 at 11:56 AM ET

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Last night wasn’t a disaster.

The simple fact is if Datsyuk, Z, Franzen, or Fil had shown up on the scoring list odds are very good at the every least the game goes to OT.

While we have Q’s about DET, ANA should have Q’s too after that, neither team excelled at much of anything.  Series is still very much up in the air.  Now if DET drops Game 2 as well I’ll get worried.  But until then, no reason to panic.  ANA just wasn’t exactly impressive either.

Let’s see what Game 2 brings us.

Posted by Primis on 05/01/13 at 01:12 PM ET

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The dose of reality is that they’re playing a team that’s better than them.

Sometimes it’s not anymore complicated than that.

It seems to me that it might be a bit premature to make that claim.

However, last night, the Ducks certainly carried the big majority of the play.  DET were beaten along the boards, and lost most of the loose puck battles - and pretty much wilted to the Ducks forecheck. As a result most of the game were played in the DET end.

You certainly could accurately claim ANA were a lot better than DET last night. 

Having said all that, the Wings only gave up 2 GA and the empty-netter.

One game doesn’t make a series - - but regardless of the score THU, the Wings need to show a little more fight - - or you may be spot-on Mandingo.

 

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/01/13 at 01:30 PM ET

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I’m sure you guys talked about it, but I was not happy to see Perry try to kick Howard. Someone needs to teach that shitstain a lesson. I know when I played D and someone attacked our keeper like that, you lay the lumber HARD so he doesn’t do it again. Wings need a d-man who plays mean, every night.

“If you don’t play this game with a big bag of heart and a big bag of knuckles in front of the net, then you don’t got dinky-doo.”
- Mystery, Alaska

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/01/13 at 02:32 PM ET

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Here is a video of Perry’s attempted decapitation of Jimmy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFbHVqfUNQ

I thought the reason that we signed Tootoo was to take care of feminine flushes like Perry. I know it was a tight game, but I would have liked Tootoo to take a suspension-worthy cheap shot on Perry. That little shit dearly needs a dose of his own medicine.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/01/13 at 03:22 PM ET

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I’m sure you guys talked about it, but I was not happy to see Perry try to kick Howard. Someone needs to teach that shitstain a lesson. I know when I played D and someone attacked our keeper like that, you lay the lumber HARD so he doesn’t do it again. Wings need a d-man who plays mean, every night.
“If you don’t play this game with a big bag of heart and a big bag of knuckles in front of the net, then you don’t got dinky-doo.”
- Mystery, Alaska
Posted by Tony Perkis from Starting a fire in your mother’s panties. on 05/01/13 at 02:32 PM ET

Babcock might agree with you and I completely agree with you but Mr. Holland (and a LOT of posters on this site) don’t seem to give a fuch if we have any mean players. We’re the nice guys and that’s the way we like it (puke). Well, FUCH that noise! I hope like hell Nedomlel and McKee pan out. We’re gonna need some of that in the east.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/01/13 at 03:25 PM ET

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I know we have Tootoo and others that are willing to drop the gloves, but it’s not just about fighting. But I’d rather see Toots or whoever get a penalty for protecting their keeper by knocking Perry on his ass instead of tripping.

I’ve seen about every Flyers and Wings games the past 7 years or so, and they definitely don’t need to go in the Flyers everyone-needs-to-be-a-hardass direction, but there are d-men who can move the puck out of the zone quickly and also play mean. Wings need one.

I think both conferences have enough physical players, but I see what you guys mean about the East. Montreal/Ottawa/Boston/Toronto/Buffalo have very physical players on O and D. And those Canadian teams are on the rise. Never got to watch many Ottawa games until recently, but Karlsson is *#$%@& great. Very tough competition next year. I’m excited. 

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/01/13 at 04:06 PM ET

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I’ve seen about every Flyers and Wings games the past 7 years or so, and they definitely don’t need to go in the Flyers everyone-needs-to-be-a-hardass direction, but there are d-men who can move the puck out of the zone quickly and also play mean. Wings need one.

Posted by Tony Perkis from Starting a fire in your mother’s panties. on 05/01/13 at 04:06 PM ET

Sheldon Souray was available last summer but Tick Tock went after Suter and missed….then got Colawhateverhisfuckinnameis. We do have size on the back end but they’re soft as McFeck

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/01/13 at 04:11 PM ET

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Tony, I don’t want Toots to fight Perry. I want Toots or somebody to take one for the team and cheapshot Perry. When I say give him a taste of his own medicine, I mean a high stick, boarding, etc. Some dirty play with a high percentage of Perry getting injured and the Wing getting suspended, because that’s how Perry plays. I think it is going to take him (Perry) getting injured by a dirty play for him to figure it out that you don’t do that kind of shit because karma is a bitch.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/01/13 at 04:27 PM ET

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Corry Perry (a.k.a. Little Shit) doesn’t know he’s a dirty player.  He’s shocked to the core that he’s not allowed to two-hand chop a guy in the back of the leg.  What? Goalie Interference?  I was simply moving my leg through the air and clearly the goaltender moved his head into my knee!

Giving him a taste of his own medicine will only serve to confuse him and cause his teammates to grab the nearest pointy object and charge across the ice en mass to begin stabbing Red Wings…Honestly, that’s not an over-dramatization, they’re that Neanderthalic (I might have made up that word).  What is really sad, is that they are a much calmer team now that Randy “They can’t score if they’re all hurt” Carslyle is no longer the coach and they still throw massive, violent temper tantrums when things don’t go well for them.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/01/13 at 04:35 PM ET

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