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Red Wings-Ducks Game 5 quick take: not enough grit between the ears

Update: I have been acutely since Tuesday evening, so the quick take is all I can do tonight. I'm sorry.

The Detroit Red Wings just dropped an awful 3-2 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks, having whiffed on a 5-minute major power play (Daniel Winnik won't be suspended because Danny Cleary returned) and having absolutely abandoned Jimmy Howard to the wolves as the team was soft on the boards, soft on the soft ice and soft in the head...And now the Wings are heading back to Detroit needing to win on Friday or they're done.

Let me know what you think...I'll try to write up a recap.

Here: this is all I have to say as I have to go somewhere to bleed out of one of my orifaces: if you want to blame Brian Lashoff for this, you've missed the other four players on the ice.

Jakub Kindl was grabbed by Teemu Selanne on the cycle and just gave up. Damien Brunner did nothing along the boards as the Ducks whiffled the puck laterally north of the faceoff circles. Then, as Ben Lovejoy retrieved the puck and skated down low, Gustav Nyquist backed off and let him go to Lashoff, who whiffed on the poke check. And as Lovejoy's pass slithered toward the front of the net, with Brunner standing around in the slot, Joakim Andersson was holding Nick Bonino, and in an attempt to not take a penalty and negate his stick, he let go...And whiffed on the stick check.

Howard had no chance, and now the Wings have to win on Friday or they're done...With the same players who gave them an OT win on the ice for 2 OT losses.

For some reason, the veterans didn't lead when they should have, for some reason, the Ducks' furious forecheck and 18-to-9 shot advantage in the 1st and awful ice conditions seemed to give Datsyuk and Zetterberg of all people license to get far too cute and seem stunned when the puck didn't move as it should on that gravel and sand at the Honda Center...

And all game long, the Wings backed in as the Ducks shot pucks PAST Jimmy Howard while they attempted to PASS pucks toward the net and OFF Jonas Hiller instead of skating TOWARD him and THROUGH him.

The fact that Jimmy Howard was able to bail the Wings out for as long as he did was a minor miracle.

Sure, Franzen gave the Wings an early lead off HIller, and Mikael Samuelsson's 2-1 goal after Palmieri tied it was gorgeous, but the Wings' grit, determination and especially skating, attention to detail and poise all disappeared as the Ducks kept firing pucks past a goalie who never saw the puck--while Hiller continued to see almost all of the 31 shots the Wings fired AT him and the staggering THIRTY NINE PUCKS THE WINGS FIRED WIDE OF THE NET OR INTO DUCKS PLAYERS...

And the team's inability or unwillingness to try to "skill" their way out of a game whose ice, whose refereeing--let's be honest, folks, there was a shitload of interference on both sides that was let go with Chairman Mao himself in the house--and whose style required forechecking, puck support and endurance, effort and grit on a nasty ice surface and in a nasty atmosphere...

It's up to the Wings' veterans to steady the ship now and to lead, because when you lean as hard as the Wings have on their rookies during a brutal travel schedule and slate of games played over the last four weeks, really, the kids are going to bend and sometimes break.

The saddest part is that for most of the night and for much of the series, the Nyquist-Andersson-Brunner line has been the Wings' best in all three zones, and while Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl have the chemistry of sodium and water (i.e. explosively poor), Lashoff has worked hard and at times Kindl has been the team's most effective puck-moving defenseman.

Either the Wings' veterans step up and lead or the kids will keep making mistakes and Sunday or Monday the Wings will clean out their lockers.

Two games. Two must-wins. Kind of like the last week of the season, except that the team's playoff life is on the line now--and we're left desperately hoping that Justin Abdelkader of all people can come back and help this team find some desperately-needed heart and grit.

Update: Here's a slate of game highlights:

Statistics:

Shots 34-31 Anaheim overall. Anaheim out-shot Detroit 18-9 in the 1st, was out-shot 15-9 in the 2nd, out-shot Detroit 6-5 in the 3rd and was out-shot 2-1 in OT.

The Ducks went 1-for-3 in 5:01 of PP time; the Wings went 1-for-3 in 5:38 of PP time.

Jonas Hiller stopped 29 of 31 shots; Jimmy Howard stopped 31 of 34.

The 3 stars were picked by the Ducks, and they...Picked 2. Kyle Palmieri and Nick Bonino.

The Wings' goals: Franzen (3) from Zetterberg (2) and Brunner (3), PPG;

Samuelsson (1) from Zetterberg (3) and Datsyuk (3).

Faceoffs 34-32 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);

Blocked shots 17-14 Anaheim;

Missed shots 20-15 Detroit (total attempts 68-62 Detroit, with the Wings firing 31 shots ON Jonas Hiller and 37 wide or into Ducks players);

Hits 32-19 Anaheim;

Giveaways 15-12 Anaheim;

Takeaways 6-5 Detroit.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 13-and-14 (48%); Filppula went 14-and-9 (61%); Andersson went 5-and-6 (45%); Emmerton went 2-and-3 (40%).

Shots: Brunner led the team with 6 shots; Datsyuk and Franzen had 4; Nyquist and Eaves had 3; Quincey, Zetterberg and Franzen had 2; Cleary, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Filppula and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Quincey fired 4 shots into Ducks players; Smith, Kronwall and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Kindl, Eaves, Brunner, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi and Andersson had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Quincey missed the net 4 times; Smith missed the net 3 times; Datsyuk, Brunner and Andersson missed the net 2 times; Cleary, Nyquist, Eaves, Samuelsson, Zetterberg, Ericsson and Franzen missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Lashoff, Emmerton and Kronwall had 3 hits; Bertuzzi, Filppula and Ericsson had 2; Datsyuk, Eaves, Quincey and Fraznen had 1.

Giveaways: Nyquist had 3 giveaways; Datsyuk and Lashoff had 2; Smith, Emmerton, Zetterberg, Filppula and Andersson had 1.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 2 takeaways; Kindl, Cleary, Nyquist and Filppula had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Ericsson blocked 3shots; Kindl, Lashoff, Kronwall and Franzen blocked 2; Brunner, Quincey and Andersson blocked 1.

Penalty minutes: Smith took 2 minor penalties; Emmerton and Franzen took 1.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective 0 in the plus-minus department. Smith, Eaves, Emmerton, Quincey and Bertuzzi finished at -1; Kindl, Datsyuk, Lashoff, Samuelsson and Zetterberg finished at +1.

Points: Zetterberg finished with 2 assists; Samuelsson scored a goal; Datsyuk and Brunner had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:32 played; Ericsson played 21:48; Smith played 20:57;

Filppula played 20:48; Franzen played 20:27; Zetterberg played 19:34;

Quincey played 19:09; Datsyuk played 18:21; Cleary played 17:00;

Kindl played 16:18; Samuelsson played 15:14; Brunner played 15:11;

Lashoff played 13:38; Andersson played 13:17; Nyquist played 13:21;

Emmerton played 10:45; Bertuzzi played 10:26; Eaves played 9:42.

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Figaro's avatar

Brian Engblom just said to Dustin Brown that “You guys have the toughest series in terms of travel, back and forth to St. Louis.”  Apparently, he forgot about the Eastern Time Zone that has Detroit in it…  Not related to the game, but that made me even grumpier.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/09/13 at 01:11 AM ET

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Why did Mike have puppies on the ice to start OT?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/09/13 at 01:13 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Kids will be kids.  They won the game the last time, couldn’t get the puck out of the zone tonight or mark their man in front of the net.  The matchup could hardly be more even.

Blown chances off the post in the second period and not even threatening a goal during the 5 minute major really hurt, could have put the game away at the end of the second period.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/09/13 at 01:15 AM ET

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I think that game was remarkable for the amount of mistakes the Wings made. They just could not handle the Ducks. I don’t know if this problem goes back further to the 09 season, when the Wings system started to fall apart, but this team is glued to the boards way too much. We can’t beat this team on the boards in either zone.

I mean…that game was full of gold for hockey analysts. Just all kinds of examples of what not to do.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/09/13 at 01:15 AM ET

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From the first shift of Game 1, whenever one of our Kid-Ds gets the puck behind the net, they send two forecheckers in with a press, they panic (as rookies do) and turn it over. Coach Babs now had 4 games to teach ‘em how to beat it and he hasn’t. Hopefully, he’ll bring it up before Game 6.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/09/13 at 01:17 AM ET

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Why did Mike have puppies on the ice to start OT?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/09/13 at 01:13 AM ET

Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Samuelsson started the OT.  Who did you want to start it?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/09/13 at 01:18 AM ET

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Coach Babs now had 4 games to teach ‘em how to beat it and he hasn’t. Hopefully, he’ll bring it up before Game 6.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/09/13 at 01:17 AM ET

YeaH, i’TS tHAT easY.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/09/13 at 01:19 AM ET

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Yeah.  It should be.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/09/13 at 01:21 AM ET

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Written up as much as I’m gonna write it up.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/09/13 at 01:23 AM ET

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I’m sorry but all I can do tonight is write a “quick take.” Norovirus = almost bleeding from certain orifices and AM bleeding from another.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/09/13 at 01:38 AM ET

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Sorry George.

Posted by ChowYunCat on 05/09/13 at 01:50 AM ET

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Why did Mike have puppies on the ice to start OT?
Posted by MoreShoot on 05/09/13 at 01:13 AM ET

As Bill pointed out they weren’t. But they were put on the second shift and I don’t know, but they might have deserved it since that line scored the last two OT game winners.

But Bill, I gotta disagree with the sarcasm, it might not be easy, but damnit Lashoff, Smith and Kindl better learn to make that first pass from behind the net in the next 36 hours or this season is over.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/09/13 at 02:26 AM ET

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I agree that it wasn’t ONLY Lashoff’s fault, but let’s face it, this series has exposed him.  He is playing with absolutely zero confidence out there.  A lot of that is Holland’s fault for recalling him when he wasn’t needed and then having him sit out a month.  He’s misplayed several pucks that have gone into the net or turned into prime scoring chances these last few games.

I initially agreed with Bab’s choice to put him in the lineup b/c they need him on the PK, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he would be better after a game or even two, but he’s just been brutal.  White or Colo must play game 6 or Babs needs to break up Kindl and Lash and have Lash play 6-8 minutes, offensive zone faceoffs only like Lebda used to.

Posted by jkm2011 on 05/09/13 at 08:48 AM ET

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OMG again in this series Getzlaf with the puck in the neutral zone got Ericsson and Kronwall to back all he way into Howard which led to him scoring to tying goal late in the 2nd shut eye
Had no idea Getzlaf could not be handled two on one! He’s like Gretzky,super Mario and Gordie rolled into one!!!!!!!!! pfft.

Babs in postgame said his team didn’t play “hard” enough and mentioned his 4th line. Hey Babs, you know the Sens are playing Neil and are up in their series and also the B’s are playing Thornton and they are also up in their series. Go figure tough players sometimes help in the playoffs. Tootoo rotting as a healthy scratch.
This team is going to got slaughtered next season in the East conference. You think we had a lot of injuries this season just wait til season with our roster full of marshmallows playing Boston, Ottawa and Philly more than they are used to.
I’m sure they will just back up into Howard when any of them have the puck and get near the blueline anyway so maybe they will avoid physical contact/possible chance of injury.
Tough game to watch last night pissing away two leads and 5 minute PP. Game was silver platter and they pulled their own pants down and walked right into the ducks prison saying do what you please.


sick

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 05/09/13 at 09:00 AM ET

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For me that might have been the worst game of the year… Ducks physically pounded the Wings into the ice and by the 3rd Period they looked exhausted except Nyquist’s line, of which Andersson looked bagged also. Nyquist’s line was the best line overall, IMO and without them there wouldn’t be TWO OT wins.

Ericsson was the best D man by far so that tells a lot.  Quincey had a good game, Kronwall can’t run the PP or get the puck to the net, Kindl was on his back right from the start with the hit from Cogliano, Smith looks gassed and Yes Lash had a tough night but maybe if he got some playing time during April he might have been better, who knows.

Putting White or Carlo in now would be an adventure as they have had no playing time in recent memory.

Calling out Brunner, Babs Whipping Boy, was pure dumb by Babs. Telling the media that he asked Brunner if he was soft or hard Swiss Chocolate should have been kept in the ROOM.  He could have called out a handful of others, IMO. Loves HIS boys I guess.

As odd as this will sound, Babs should have called a Timeout early in the 5 min PP, it was that bad.

If they can’t get there energy and hustle back, winning at the Joe will be very tough.  They look done but I hope that was just a lack of effort and many brain cramps.

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/09/13 at 09:29 AM ET

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Forgot, Kronwall has ZERO points, 5 shots on goal and -3 and is usually on the 1st PP Unit. Good 3/4 D man with E52.

This link may open some eyes?


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/statistics/?hubname=nhl-red_wings

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/09/13 at 09:49 AM ET

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OMG again in this series Getzlaf with the puck in the neutral zone got Ericsson and Kronwall to back all he way into Howard which led to him scoring to tying goal late in the 2nd
Had no idea Getzlaf could not be handled two on one! He’s like Gretzky,super Mario and Gordie rolled into one!!!!!!!!! pfft.
Babs in postgame said his team didn’t play “hard” enough and mentioned his 4th line. Hey Babs, you know the Sens are playing Neil and are up in their series and also the B’s are playing Thornton and they are also up in their series. Go figure tough players sometimes help in the playoffs. Tootoo rotting as a healthy scratch.
This team is going to got slaughtered next season in the East conference. You think we had a lot of injuries this season just wait til season with our roster full of marshmallows playing Boston, Ottawa and Philly more than they are used to.
I’m sure they will just back up into Howard when any of them have the puck and get near the blueline anyway so maybe they will avoid physical contact/possible chance of injury.
Tough game to watch last night pissing away two leads and 5 minute PP. Game was silver platter and they pulled their own pants down and walked right into the ducks prison saying do what you please.


Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 05/09/13 at 09:00 AM ET

I completely agree. This is the playoffs and if you don’t play the guys that can play “heavy” than you might as well pack the feck up and get your squirrely little ass home.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/09/13 at 09:51 AM ET

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I’m actually surprised this game went to OT. That’s a testament to Jimmy’s play in net. He kept the team in this game for as long as he could. So many defensive hiccups though. Lashoff and Smith look lost out there. The bright spots are the play (most of the time) of that 3rd line. Nyquist is going to look good on the big team next season. He’s small, but he’s got moves. Bert played a pretty decent game too for missing most of the season. Who will Babs sit for game 6? Sammy? Bert? Since Abby is back. I say sit Mr. Momentum killer Cleary, but that will NEVER happen.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/09/13 at 10:02 AM ET

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I don’t get all this criticism.  This was a Wings team that wasn’t supposed to even make the playoffs, and they have made this a series.  Howard had a mental lapse and let in Anaheim’s first goal right off a face off.  Otherwise he was incredible.  Then there were two shots that hit the goalpost.  For heaven’s sake, how much more to you guys want from a team that’s playing the #2 seed?

The Wings were all in effort wise and I see no reason why they can’t win the next game.

(Go ahead, rip me up.  I don’t care.)

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/09/13 at 10:07 AM ET

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But Bill, I gotta disagree with the sarcasm, it might not be easy, but damnit Lashoff, Smith and Kindl better learn to make that first pass from behind the net in the next 36 hours or this season is over.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/09/13 at 02:26 AM ET

I agree with that totally.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/09/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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I don’t get all this criticism.  This was a Wings team that wasn’t supposed to even make the playoffs, and they have made this a series.  Howard had a mental lapse and let in Anaheim’s first goal right off a face off.  Otherwise he was incredible.  Then there were two shots that hit the goalpost.  For heaven’s sake, how much more to you guys want from a team that’s playing the #2 seed?

The Wings were all in effort wise and I see no reason why they can’t win the next game.

(Go ahead, rip me up.  I don’t care.)

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/09/13 at 10:07 AM ET

Thank you. Yes they got outplayed but they battled and stayed in the game regardless and had just as much of a chance to win going into OT as the Ducks. One bad shift doesn’t mean the whole team is a bunch of wusses who can’t play hockey. Datsyuk scores on that first shot of OT and most people would be praising how great the grit factor is of this team.

Posted by peiz11 from Minneapolis on 05/09/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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Posted by OnlyWings on 05/09/13 at 09:29 AM ET

You missed the second period I guess, and a pretty even third period.

 

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 05/09/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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Who will Babs sit for game 6? Sammy? Bert? Since Abby is back. I say sit Mr. Momentum killer Cleary, but that will NEVER happen.

I’m sure that it will be Bert, despite the fact that he’s actually been quite good since returning. Filppula should be the one who sits though, and I hope I never see him in a Wings’ uniform again after this season. If there is a softer, less decisive player in these playoffs I haven’t seen him yet.

Posted by godblender on 05/09/13 at 10:40 AM ET

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I agree with msredwinger.  I think people are forgetting that in this “transition year” many thought we didn’t have the talent to even compete for a playoff spot. And to see this team made up of multiple 1st and 2nd year players and guys taking on new roles (kroner and big e) we are actually hanging tough against the 2nd best team in the western conference.  We have been sooooo spoiled over the years that I think most don’t realize what it’s like to actually compete in a series and not just steam roll teams.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/09/13 at 10:40 AM ET

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I don’t get all this criticism.  This was a Wings team that wasn’t supposed to even make the playoffs, and they have made this a series.  Howard had a mental lapse and let in Anaheim’s first goal right off a face off.  Otherwise he was incredible.  Then there were two shots that hit the goalpost.  For heaven’s sake, how much more to you guys want from a team that’s playing the #2 seed?

The Wings were all in effort wise and I see no reason why they can’t win the next game.

(Go ahead, rip me up.  I don’t care.)

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

+19

Howard was a beast last night.  He kept us from being swept off the ice in the first period.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/09/13 at 10:54 AM ET

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many thought we didn’t have the talent to even compete for a playoff spot.

This is an absolute untruth.  Most had the Wings as a 5-8 seed prior to the season.  A few had them at 9th or 10th in the West (that qualifies as “competing for a playoff spot” in my book), and a few had them at 3rd or 4th.

And I actually don’t see much criticism you speak of.  I agree that this team is playing very hard.  Unfortunately, it lacks talent, which some of us identified as a problem 4 seasons ago.

Posted by jkm2011 on 05/09/13 at 11:12 AM ET

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the Wings fans around here used to be a lot of fun and jokes, but lately it’s turned into if the Wings win “hooray they didn’t make any mistakes” and if they lose “dammit they can’t do ANYTHING right.”

I think a lot of people here need to step back and evaluate their perspective.  you’d enjoy the games a lot more.

just my opinion…

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/09/13 at 11:44 AM ET

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I think a lot of people here need to step back and evaluate their perspective.  you’d enjoy the games a lot more.

just my opinion…

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/09/13 at 11:44 AM ET

I’d agree with that quite well.  The lock-out sort of cooled my passions a bit, and as much as I love this team at the end of the day - it’s a game.  It’s entertaining.  I love the game, and I love this team, but it’s still entertainment.  I’m not an investor in the team (more or less), I don’t sit on the board of directors.  No - I just want to be entertained and see the team I love win the Cup.  Unfortunately, sometimes I guess you have to lower your expectations given what you have, but at the end of the day I’m still proud to be a fan of this team and to have been behind them for so long.

 

Posted by TreKronor on 05/09/13 at 02:17 PM ET

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Paul, I agree.  People talk as if they expect the other team to roll over and play dead and the Wings to be 100% perfect.  This is the playoffs for helm’s sake!

For a team that is more than half rookies and a couple old dawgs (Sammy and Bert) who didn’t play for months, I think they have done a terrific job.  I hate the Ducks, but they are a big, physical, determined, well-coached, playoff experienced team and the Wings are giving them a run for their money.  Except for Game 3, how much closer could it be?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/09/13 at 02:24 PM ET

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I don’t get all this criticism.

Amen. AfauxingMen.

I think a lot of people here need to step back and evaluate their perspective.  you’d enjoy the games a lot more.

just my opinion…

I second your opinion.

Perspective, indeed.  I grow weary of the non-stop negativity. My team of misfits is giving the #2 team in the conference a real run.  Every game.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 05/09/13 at 02:39 PM ET

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My team of misfits is giving the #2 team in the conference a real run.  Every game.

is it wrong that I hope the Wings win the series simply to give Anaheim fans their own “kick in the…”

especially because now we’ll have to win it in THEIR BUILDING.

I mean, yeah, I want the Wings to win because I want the Wings to win…but for THIS Wings team, struggling to find an identity, the team version of the “two kids and an old goat” line, to bounce Anaheim from the playoffs.

I can already feel what that’s going to feel like on Sunday grin

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/09/13 at 02:58 PM ET

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I can already feel what that’s going to feel like on Sunday grin

Tickets are on sale and available…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 05/09/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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Had no idea Getzlaf could not be handled two on one! He’s like Gretzky,super Mario and Gordie rolled into one!!!!!!!!!

I Getzlaughed.

Ok.. that was bad.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 05/09/13 at 05:19 PM ET

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You missed the second period I guess, and a pretty even third period.

I didn’t miss any part of the game.  The Ducks physically beat them into the ice and they ran out of gas.  Ducks have a deep big team.  Howard stood on is head but players are running out of gas, IMO.  Wings were outhit 31-17, I think, and it showed.  They are lacking depth and have done well to hang in tough with the Ducks.  Like I said we will see if it was just one of those nights with a young team (15th in the NHL in average age).

Home Ice should help and Aby coming back should help.  I just think putting players in who have not played in a long time is tough. Brunner is the leading scorer and not a bad +/- compared to other non rookies.

PP is 4 for 17 but had 3 of those goals in one game.  The D on the PP is not creating scoring chances.

I hope they can take this to Game 7 and anything can happen.

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/09/13 at 05:27 PM ET

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