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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: I can be your Columbus, babies

Updated 8x at 12:11 AM on Monday: Gustavsson starts vs. Phoenix, Brunner back in: My goodness. The Detroit Red Wings rope-a-doped their way to a Jimmy Howard-powered 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, with Howard stopping a remarkable 33 shots--including 13 of 13 in the 1st and 12 of 12 in the 3rd--and the Wings building up a 2-0 1st-period lead via a net-front goal from Danny Cleary and a jam-job by Drew Miller...

And while the Wings faded over the second half of the second period, surrendering a power play goal to Ryan Getzlaf with all of 46 seconds left in the 2nd...And with the Ducks loading up Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry in the 3rd, Detroit was plain old under siege during the first half of the third...

But Jimmy Howard saw the vast majority of the shots he stopped, and between no longer swimming in his crease (he now scrunches up in his down-low crouch, pads splayed to cover the bottom of the net, with his blocker low and glove high) and making oodles of glove saves on Getzlaf, Souray and eventually Cam Fowler's last-second would-be game-tying goal, the Wings' resolve frustrated the hell out of the Ducks, and it helped them prevail.

Just as importantly, and perhaps for the sake of rubbing things in, Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne all took 10-minute misconducts in the last minute of the 3rd, with Perry bitching about an iffy trip on Valtteri Filppula, Perry drop-kicking his stick in frustration and Selanne complaining from Francois Beauchemin's ref-bump all the way back to the bench.

Via Paul, back on Thursday, Bruce Boudreau said this to the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens after the Ducks defeated Chicago:

"We’re not the same team that mouths off to all the refs," Boudreau said. "You can look. We don’t have a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty yet this year. I would venture to guess we're at the bottom of the league in misconducts for talking.

"So it's not us being -- or the officials saying, 'Hey, listen if you're going to act like dinks, we're going to treat you like that.' That's not the case. It's tough because our guys are hurt. That's where we've got to draw the line a little bit."

The Ducks went back to acting like dinks as the Wings swept the sesaon series took two out of three from the Ducks, getting 4 of a very necessary six-to-eight points on this West Coast swing in regulation, against Anaheim.

Sometimes the Wings' efforts weren't pretty, and Howard had to make a boatload of saves on both nights, but going into tomorrow's also-must-win against Phoenix, the Wings can say that they've finally made another team feel like Columbus makes the Wings feel: frustrated to the point of losing their cool.

Sometimes it's fun to play the spoiler's role.

While we're at it:

1. If you missed it, Calle Jarnkrok is coming over to play a few games with the Grand Rapids Griffins before returning to Sweden to play in the World Championships, but MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to Ken Holland about Jarnkrok's NHL eligibility, and he's not going to be allowed to play for the Wings;

2. FYI:

3. From Paul again, here's an interesting tidbit from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson:

If the Edmonton Oilers believe unrestricted free agent Ladislav Smid is part of their core (he certainly is, and could easily have an A on his jersey), then they will offer him a five-year contract for likely $17.5 million and get the deal done before the April 3 trade deadline.

If not, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t try free agency come July 1 and — you can take this to the bank — 20 of the 29 other NHL teams will be all over Smid because he’s only 27. The Detroit Red Wings, for sure, are very interested; he could be a replacement for Brad Stuart.

Not sure how much Smid is asking for, but $4 million for a strictly defensive D-man is likely the NHL ceiling.

Smid gives you negligible offence but he shows up every night — what you see is what you get.

“The Oilers will surely sign him won’t they?” asked one NHL GM, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

If they don’t, Detroit will be all over Smid on July 1. Smid is a younger version of Bryan Allen, who signed a three-year, $3.5-million deal with the Anaheim Ducks last summer. Both have little offensive pop, but big bodies.

Allen was 31 when he signed with the Ducks. Or, on Smid’s own team, there’s Nick Schultz making $3.5 million at age 30. Maybe they have to pay $3.6 million a year for Smid because of his age, which makes it $18 million for five years. Just get the deal done.

Update #2:

Update #2.5: Regarding Danny DeKeyser, from me, even Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond has a connection:

Update #3: Statistics:

Shots 34-21 Anaheim overall. Detroit was out-shot 13-11 in the 1st, 9-5 in the 2nd and 12-5 in the 3rd.

Detroit went 1-for-5 in 7:09 of PP time; Anaheim went 1-for-3 in 4:39 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of 34 shots; Jonas Hiller stopped 19 of 21.

The 3 stars were named by no one, and they were Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf and Jimmy Howard.

The Wings' goals: Cleary (7) from Kindl (7) and Smith (3), PPG;

Miller (4) from White (2) and Emmerton (3).

Faceoffs 32-29 Anaheim (Detroit won 48%);

Blocked shots 14-13 Detroit;

Missed shots 15-7 Anaheim (total attempts 63-41 Anaheim);

Hits 24-13 Anaheim;

Giveaways 9-8 Detroit;

Takeaways 4-3 Anaheim.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 7-and-13 (35%); Zetterberg went 8-and-8 (50%); Andersson went 10-and-3 (77%); Emmerton went 0-and-8 (0%); Filppula went 4-and-0 (100%).

Shots: Miller led the team with 4 shots; Zetterberg and Franzen had 3; Kindl, Datsyuk and Kronwall had 2; Cleary, Nyquist, White, Lashoff and Filppula had 1.

Blocked attempts: Franzen had 3 shot attempts blocked by Ducks players; Kindl and Zetteberg had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Miller, Lashoff, Emmerton, Filppula and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Kindl, Datsyuk, Eaves, White and Filppula missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Eaves led the Wings with 3 hits; Abdelkader, Tootoo and Lashoff had 2; Kindl, Miller, Zetterberg and Filppula had 1.

Giveaways: Andersson and Franzen had 2 giveaways; Eaves, Tootoo, Lashoff, Zetterberg and Ericsson had 1.

Takeaways: Datsyuk, Nyquist and Emmerton had takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 3 shots; Smith and White blocked 2 shots; Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Eaves, Miller, Lashoff and Zetterberg blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Tootoo took a major for fighting; Kindl, Cleary and Franzen took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +5. Kindl, Nyquist, White, Miller and Emmerton finished at +1.

Points: Miller and Cleary scored goals; Smith, Kindl, White and Emmerton had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 25:54 played; Smith played 22:25; Ericsson played 21:18;

Zetterberg played 20:29; Datsyuk played 20:14; Filppula played 18:30;

Kindl played 18:20; Franzen played 17:39; White played 17:19;

Miller played 16:36; Lashoff played 15:23; Eaves played 14:35;

Cleary played 14:11; Abdelkader played 12:36; Andersson played 11:53;

Nyquist played 10:30; Emmerton played 10:05; Tootoo played 6:37.

The Wings are slated to fly to Phoenix at 8:44 PM PDT, so the Wings' website has already posted clips of Brian Lashoff...


And coach Mike Babcock speaking to the media:


Update #4: Early highlights come from the Ducks' broadcasters:


Update #5: Early recaps are in from the Associated Press, Orange County Register, MLive, the Free Press and Detroit News.

Update #6: You'll see the TMR stat breakdown above, and...

Update #7: Took a while, but here are highlights narrated by Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond:


Update #8: Ducks post-game video: They Wuz Robbed!


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Posted by spl1ph on 03/24/13 at 09:59 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Very, very happy.
That being said, I don’t bet. However, if anyone thinks they can somehow make money betting on the Wings this year, they’re crazy. They’re so unpredictable this year, suddenly turning it around on the road, I’m not sure what’s next. At this rate, they’ll beat Phoenix, San Jose, and Chicago (in OT likely), then lose to Colorado at home.

Posted by Bugsy on 03/24/13 at 09:59 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

The entire Anaheim organization has an anger management issue.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/24/13 at 10:13 PM ET


Sooo the red wings are on iginlas list? I’m confused

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/24/13 at 10:19 PM ET

Crow's avatar

Finally, some positive news on the Wings front.  An Iginla trade would be huge boost going into this last leg for the Wings .  Make it happen Kenny!

DeKeyser or Smid, either one would improve/solidify the defense.  Maybe its more like Plan A and B.

Posted by Crow on 03/24/13 at 10:25 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Well, I’d be shocked if he’s going to It’s-the-Pittsburgh since they just picked up Morrow. They’re gonna start running out of Cap space soon.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/24/13 at 10:28 PM ET

moocat's avatar

Flip was tripped by koivu. Watch his stick from behind on the replay.

Posted by moocat on 03/24/13 at 10:29 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Jimmy was outstanding tonite! Stole the 2 points, IMO. Otherwise burn the tape of this game even if it was a win.

Ice times for the D and Pav/Z were higher than Friday, tough game Monday with Yotes and Gus the Backup.

Actually forget sometimes that Brunner is a Rookie coming from a non physical, no travel, less games league.  But Tootoo has to play more minutes if another forward is going to sit. 6 1/2 minutes is not helping much.

Good games against the Yotes and Sharks, with points, would be huge for the Wings.  Signing DeKeyser would be Fantastic.

I bet Iggy goes East, not many, if any trades within the Western Conference.  Feaster will want far more than Iggy is worth.  Will see I guess!

Posted by OnlyWings on 03/24/13 at 11:10 PM ET

moocat's avatar

I think the Wings are screwed trade wise. If your a western team you don’t want to deal with us and have us get in And or hurt them with standings so tight and if your an Eastern team you don’t want to make us better for next year in the east (especially teams in the new central).

Now of course i’ll be proven wrong.

Posted by moocat on 03/24/13 at 11:23 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

the “dinks” as i’ll call them from now on, were apparently rubbed the wrong way smile

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/25/13 at 12:05 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

Anyone know where to find the meltdown?  My feed cut out right as the initial play was happening.  I came back to see forty minutes of penalties assessed and missed it all.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/25/13 at 02:14 AM ET


There really wasn’t a while lot to it. Flip was tripped, gretzlaf stored his stick and kicked it, everyone started complaining, just words with the ref, nothing really stupid. Beauchemin did bump a refs arm when he came in to talk to him and didn’t get a penalty though. I thought something like that was an automatic game, even for something incidental.

Posted by teldar on 03/25/13 at 07:48 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

If Iginla was younger or if the Wings had a better shot at the Cup, I wouldn’t mind seeing that trade, but at this point, it would be a waste of resources.  Smid, on the other hand, I wouldn’t mind seeing.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 03/25/13 at 09:44 AM ET

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