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Red Wings-Ducks Game 6 quick take: Wings out-score their mistakes

The Detroit Red Wings nearly did themselves in against the Ducks, thanks to some awful play by Valtteri Filppula, on uncalled trip by Corey Perry and some terrible mistakes by the Quincey-Smith pairing...

But Jimmy Howard was masterful, Henrik Zetterberg was clutch, the Wings got butts in front of Jonas Hiller, and 1:09 into OT, the Red Wings defeated the Ducks 4-3--despite blowing a 3-1 lead--and are headed to Anaheim for Game 7 on Sunday at 10 PM. More in a minit, but please do comment!

Update: This game was baffling. On a night that the Grand Rapids Griffins smoked the Toronto Marlies 7-0 to open their second-round series and Wings prospect Martin Frk won a Quebec Major Junior League title with the Halifax Mooseheads, the Wings remain a riddle wrapped up in an enigma wrapped up in a gift-wrapped giveaway.

Pavel Datsyuk scored such a masterful opening goal late into the 1st period, after Jimmy Howard made some utterly remarkable saves...

And despite the Ducks' hard push, you would have thought that the Wings would not be denied.

In the 2nd and 3rd periods, however, the Wings were out-shot 30-15, and it was almost inevitable that Kyle Palmieri was going to tie things up, though he didn't need an assist from Brendan Smith to do so...

And yet, when the Wings finally received a power play in the 3rd period, Henrik Zetterberg made things look easy despite getting his ass beaten all series long by the Ducks...

And five minutes and half a dozen amazing Howard saves later, a turnover-happy Wings team--with Carlo Colaiacovo giving the puck up 5 times and Valtteri Filppula 3--managed to score an "insurance" goal via Justin Abdelkader...  Danny Cleary and Justin Abdelkader...


But somehow, bizarrely, Valtteri Filppula summarized his tenure with the Wings in one play--the blind drop pass to no one, this time to Emerson Etem, behind the Wings' net, with 8:30 left to play...

and after the referees swallowed their whistles, Kyle Quincey was incredibly blatantly tripped by Corey Perry, who ferried the puck to Bobby Ryan, tying the game with 2:37 left to play in regulation...

But the Wings chose to bend and not break, they survived going to OT thanks to Howard's 34 saves, and the turnover and mistake and brain-fart happy Wings let the Ducks ice the puck, call a timeout, and a certain Pavel Datsyuk won the draw against Saku Koivu, Niklas Kronwall tap-passed the puck to Zetterberg, and the captain put the puck off two Ducks and past Hiller with the team's 29th shot, ensuring Game 7 on Sunday:

 


The Wings have tried to give this series away so many times, and so many players have made "youthful" mistakes regardless of whether they're rookies or veterans, but Howard has been spectacular, the Nyquist-Andersson-Brunner line has been dynamic, and, finally, the Wings' top pairing on defense in Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson gave the Wings offense from the blueline, the Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader line was recharged and even the strange pairing of the less-than-70%-Todd Bertuzzi, Johan Franzen at center and Mikael Samuelsson at right wing was good.

Everybody else, they had their ups and downs, but this team's slowly but surely putting the pieces of a playoff machine together--although they're backing into form--and perhaps they can indeed take Sunday's game and go on to be Chicago's meatloaf.

The Wings are finally getting butts in front of Jonas Hiller and are finally starting to sustain Duck-like pressure in the opposition end...Their transition game is better and their plain old five-man game is more and more solid.

If the Wings can simply minimize mistakes going forward, anything can happen.

Update #2: Full highlights, FSD style:

Statistics:

Shots 37-29 Anaheim overall.

Anaheim was out-shot 11-7 in the 1st but out-shot Detroit 14-6 in the 2nd and 16-9 in the 3rd, but they were out-shot 3-0 in OT.

Detroit went 1-for-3 in 4:40 of PP time; the Ducks were not given a power play, and Boudreau was pissed off about it.

Jimmy Howard stopped 34 of 37 shots; Jonas Hiller stopped 25 of 29.

The 3 stars were picked by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, and he picked Jonas Hiller, Jimmy Howard and Henrik Zetterberg in ascending order.

The Wings' goals: Datsyuk (2) from Zetterberg (4) and Ericsson (1);

Zetterberg (1) from Samuelsson (1) and Datsyuk 94), PPG;

Cleary (2) from Abdelkader (1) and Filppula (2);

Zetterberg (2) from Kronwall (1) and Datsyuk (5).

Faceoffs 34-30 Detroit (Detroit won 53%);

Blocked shots 14-13 Anaheim;

Missed shots 20-11 Detroit (total shot attempts 62-61 Detroit, with Detroit firing 28 shots ON Hiller and 34 wide or blocked);

Hits 25-24 Anaheim;

Giveaways 12-4 Detroit;

Takeaways 4-2 Detroit.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 12-and-8 (60%); Filppula went 11-and-7 (61%); Andersson went 7-and-6 (54%); Emmerton went 2-and-4 (33%); both Nyquist and Bertuzzi went 0-and-2; Franzen went 0-and-1; Brunner and Zetterberg won their only faceoffs.

Shots: Zetterberg led the team with 4 shots; Kindl, Brunner, Andersson and Franzen had 3; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Emmerton and Filppula had 2; Cleary, Nyquist, Quincey, Colaiacovo and Samuelsson had 1.

Blocked attempts: Smith, Nyquist, Brunner and Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked; Kindl, Datsyuk, Quincey, Colaiacovo, Ericsson and Franzen had 1 blocked.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 5 times; Cleary, Brunner, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Datsyuk and Samuelsson missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 6 hits; Cleary had 4; Colaiacovo and Ericsson had 3; Kindl, Bertuzzi and Andersson had 2; Kronwall and Franzen had 1.

Giveaways: Colaiacovo had 5 giveaways; Filppula had 3; Smith, Brunner, Emmerton and Quincey had 1.

Takeaways: Datsyuk, Nyquist, Emmerton and Bertuzzi had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Colaiacovo blocked 4 shots; Kronwall blocked 3; Kindl blocked 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Franzen blocked 1.

Penalty minutes: Nobody took a penalty.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective 0. Smith finished at -2; Emmerton Quincey, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi and Franzen finished at -1; Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall finished at +1; Abdelkader finished at +2.

Points: Zetterberg scored 2 goals and had an assist for 3 points; Datsyuk scored a goal and had 2 assists for 3 points; Cleary scored a goal; Abdelkader, Samuelsson, Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 22:26 played; Zetterberg played 20:56; Datsyuk played 20:39;

Quincey played 20:20; Ericsson played 20:13; Abdelkader played 19:21;

Smith played 19:21; Kindl played 19:10; Franzen played 18:04;

Colaiacovo played 17:57; Filppula played 17:52; Cleary played 16:42;

Nyquist played 15:08; Andersson played 13:55; Brunner played 13:44;

Samuelsson played 12:13; Bertuzzi played 9:27; Emmerton played 7:52.

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Chet's avatar

I’ll be there. Lf ‘inGRW!

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/10/13 at 10:05 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Let’s be honest, the way this season has gone, is anyone truly shocked that they’ve played 4 overtimes, found ways to blow leads (especially the last 2 games) that make you want to rip your hair out, and yet you say to yourself, they really can win game 7? Do you find yourself saying to yourself, but they have so many things they do wrong, why the heck are they winning? Do you think, Howard’s given up 19 goals in 6 games and yet, you realize he may be the main reason they’re still in the series with such a young “team in transition?”

Excuse me, while I take a break and try to figure out if this is reality….

Posted by Bugsy on 05/10/13 at 10:07 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Z really claimed some ownership of this team.

The Z era has officially started.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/10/13 at 10:08 PM ET

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No but I will tell you, I thought as many times as they’ve got burned hanging back when they get the lead they’d start learning how to close.  They haven’t really shown any improvement in that area, at all.  Disappointing.  All in all I’m happy with the season though, but that last thing is the difference between whether you want to be the Jackets for the next 10 years or do you want to be the next generation of Red Wing greats.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/10/13 at 10:10 PM ET

Chet's avatar

it’s true, this team hasn’t made anything easy on themselves all year. why anything different now?

still, who’d complain about a 7-2 series going to 4 OTs and 7 games?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/10/13 at 10:10 PM ET

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btw they’re gonna win 4-1. see you in chitown.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/10/13 at 10:11 PM ET

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IMO, Filpula just “earned” his free agency.  Seems like he passed up at least 3 shots today on top of that turnover.  He’s not worth $4M, let alone the $5M rumored asking price.

We can easily “replace” him with Tatar or a bigger—& meaner—FA.

Posted by vfsvfl on 05/10/13 at 10:13 PM ET

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When are the FSD highlights available, usually? I managed to watch the last OT win on FSD and it was infinitely better (of course.)

Posted by ChowYunCat on 05/10/13 at 10:16 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

All I know is, Getzslob can suck it. All that yapping in the end whether they came back or not didnt mean jack sh*t. We have as good a shot as they do in game 7. I was truly gonna be down in the dumps over the weekend if we lost this. Now I have something to look forward to on Sunday evening. Cant wait!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/10/13 at 10:18 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

No but I will tell you, I thought as many times as they’ve got burned hanging back when they get the lead they’d start learning how to close.  They haven’t really shown any improvement in that area, at all.  Disappointing.  All in all I’m happy with the season though, but that last thing is the difference between whether you want to be the Jackets for the next 10 years or do you want to be the next generation of Red Wing greats.

I only hope it’s something they they can at least master by next year, if not this year. I keep saying to myself, I don’t remember the last Red Wings team that seems to have such a gap between their ceiling and floor.
One other thought: if you’re going to write the script based on the stories before the game:
(1) Howard needs to stand tall
(2)The veteran leaders need to step up, especially needing goals from Z,
(3) Abdelkader’s chomping at the bit to make up for the 2 games he was out (I know Cleary got the goal, but that’s another story—2 goals??)
(4) Datsyuk speculation of him leaving: appreciating him more as the hourglass may be running out of sand…

Pretty good scriptwriter tonight, no?

Posted by Bugsy on 05/10/13 at 10:19 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

When are the FSD highlights available, usually? I managed to watch the last OT win on FSD and it was infinitely better (of course.)

nhl.com will do for now until George gets them here

http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2012030166

Posted by Bugsy on 05/10/13 at 10:21 PM ET

TEMO's avatar

The refs were utterly incompetent as usual.  The ducks should have at least a couple of more penalties called on them.

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 05/10/13 at 10:25 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Highlights up.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/10/13 at 10:26 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

George, I hope you’re well now or at least close.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/10/13 at 10:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

If the Wings can simply minimize mistakes going forward, anything can happen.

That’s crazy isn’t it?  We’ve made it almost easy for Anaheim to win games in this series.  Our work ethic is very good, our resiliency exemplary.

Posted by RWBill from #savethelivingroom #ihateCartmanbrah on 05/10/13 at 10:31 PM ET

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We need a 6th d-man. No one’s stepping up to take it.

And Fil? You can take the same bus out of town as Ian White…

Posted by AZWinger on 05/10/13 at 10:33 PM ET

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The Wings could use 4 d-men. Kronner is a solid second pairing, as is DDK.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/10/13 at 10:50 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Quincey and Smith another solid showing. God there awful together. Z showing how to lead the team finally. And Abdelkader proving me wrong, I never would of thought he could play on the number 1 line in a homeresque role and be successful.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/10/13 at 11:13 PM ET

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Chances Wings win on Sunday. 50/50, and I’ll take those odds.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/10/13 at 11:15 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Giveaways 12-4 Detroit

That’s just brutal. Cola had five of those and the “giveaway machine” Filppula had three (although one of those was so bad it should count for about a dozen).

Cola has a bit of an excuse because he hasn’t played in forever. But Filppula? No excuse whatsoever.

And Fil? You can take the same bus out of town as Ian White…

Exactly.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/11/13 at 12:09 AM ET

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Ducks didn’t feel like hitting tonight. I’m shocked the Wings had the same amount of hits.
Quincey is a good defenseman at times but that cross neutral zone pass that led to the ducks goal was just stupid.
Give Perry credit for that trip on Quincey. Refs are not going to call that in waning minute or two of 3rd with ducks down a goal. He would of had to literally cut Quincey’s leg off to get that called a penalty.
Filppula worth is in his face-off skill. Other than that talent he should be a healthy scratch for Game 7 imo and Tootoo or Eaves in. I don’t want Val resigned this summer either.
Val’s face off value is high with being 8th best in FOW in the NHL playoffs and Pav is 1st with both nearly identical face off winning percentages of 56.
Babs in the postgame hinted that Eaves will probably be playing again Sunday.
FSD is awful. They got back late for the live action, trying to jam in to many commercials and almost missed the GWG. Do they have anyone in charge in the FSD production truck or are they all drunk in there, jeez.
Carlo Cola made it through the whole game without injuring himself!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m proud of him.

LOL

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 05/11/13 at 01:26 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

HOT DAMN!!!

The Wings win, even if it was painful

and I win the fantasy challenge

it was a good night

Posted by Hootinani on 05/11/13 at 01:59 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

I know I should wait to vent but Filppula has had a terrible year and he better be gone this summer. The guys head is somewhere else. And shouldn’t Franzen be earning his lifetime contract. Those two are our vets and suppose to help carry this team in our transition period. They are not.
Good on Zetterberg, Pasha, Jimmah and the kids. They made it happen

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/11/13 at 08:12 AM ET

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Captain Hank has his Conn Smythe pants on.  Let’s end the Duck’s season in front of their own fans!!!!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/11/13 at 09:02 AM ET

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Open scene on a small conference room in late-June.  Two men, Ken Holland and Val’s agent, and sitting across from each other.  Filppula’s agent is confident that his player is worth at least $5mil a season and begins going on and on about Val’s skills, his backchecking, his stick handling, his goal-scoring ability, his likability in the locker room… Ken Holland raises is hand for silence and calmly turns his laptop around so it’s facing The Agent.  He reaches over, hits play, and a “highlight” from late in Game 6 beings to play over and over and over.  Holland says nothing as he stands and walks from the room…  End scene.

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

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Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 05/11/13 at 10:09 AM ET

We can only hope

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/11/13 at 09:31 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nicely done, Figaro.

Holland says nothing as he stands and walks from the room…

If he only had the balls to do that. Most of us used to believe he did. But many of us don’t right now.

Help us believe in you again, Kenny. Please.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/11/13 at 09:43 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

What a photo

Posted by Rdwings28 on 05/11/13 at 09:48 AM ET

Sweet Jesus's avatar

Am I the only one who noticed that the video of Abs’ goal is actually video of his goal in Game 2?  smile

NM—it’s in the Game Highlights from FSD.  And you can not watch that goal too often anyway.

Posted by Sweet Jesus on 05/11/13 at 11:11 AM ET

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Good on Zetterberg, Pasha, Jimmah and the kids. They made it happen

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/11/13 at 09:12 AM ET

Two words:  Hap Day.  Not that I’m saying it’s similar, but for Uncle Mike to put his faith in the kids to help win games?  I’m feeling a chub rising.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/11/13 at 12:31 PM ET

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http://nhl.si.com/2013/05/11/nhl-playoffs-zetterberg-is-ot-hero-sends-wings-and-ducks-to-game-7/
Allan Muir: when the outsider can state the obvious,...

“Detroit got the next two — Zetterberg on the power play and Dan Cleary on a tip-in — while the Ducks carried the the play with nothing to show for it … until Filppula’s gift.

That Filppula play symbolized much of what has gone wrong for the Wings during this series, where too many youthful mistakes have ended up in the net behind Howard. But Filppula isn’t a kid. And it’s not the first time he’s made a play this senseless and watched as it cost his team big. The forward is headed for unrestricted free agency this summer. This is the sort of moment that could see the Wings wish him the best on his way out the door.”

Ya think?

Posted by Bugsy on 05/11/13 at 01:15 PM ET

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Ya think?

Posted by Bugsy on 05/11/13 at 02:15 PM ET

I agree, however there are a lot of factors involved.  If the braintrust doesn’t feel any of the other UFA’s or compliance buyouts are worth pursuing then they may choose to resign Fil.  If he demands 5 mil a year then hopefully they will let him walk or trade his rights.  Fil will never be a true 2nd line center.  He’s an excellent 3rd line center or adequate 2nd line winger.  The Wings already have too many 3rd line centers (Andy or Helm) so he stays at winger or they trade his rights.

Posted by calquake on 05/11/13 at 02:47 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I agree, however there are a lot of factors involved.

The Wings would do plenty worse than Filppula, but as you noted, at what price? In danger of losing you crossing sports, he probably feels like Ryan Raburn of the Tigers felt last year, a bit hesitant and uneasy about his status (no, I know he’s got a better track record than Raburn, that’s not the comparison), knowing he could be playing better. I agree, the Wings have enough good supplementary pieces, they need to add upper echelon players.

Posted by Bugsy on 05/11/13 at 05:57 PM ET

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