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by George Malik on 05/10/13 at 09:59 PM ET
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:
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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