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by George Malik on 05/03/13 at 01:12 AM ET
I'm just gonna get this out here and write a quick take in a minute: the Red Wings absolutely blew a 3-goal lead and played awful hockey during the latter half of the 3rd period in Anaheim, from Jimmy Howard on out, but the Wings got a decisive power play going into OT and scored their 3rd early period PPG, with Gustav Nyquist scoring the gamer in a 5-4 OT win.
Detroit goes back to the Motor City tied 1-1, and it may have been ugly, but playoff hockey is about winning.
Incredibly worrisomely...according to FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, Danny DeKeyser didn't play after the Ducks' 4-2 goal in the 3rd period. After the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told FSD's John Keating that DeKeyser suffered a broken thumb (via Teemu Selanne?) and is out for the playoffs.
I'm not sure what to say about the game, DeKeyser's injury aside, because it reminded us all how young these Wings are and how so many of them are learning to play playoff hockey at the NHL level.
The Red Wings came out gang-busters in all three periods--Justin Abdelkader roared up ice and flicked a high wrister past Jonas Hiller 48 seconds in...
Damien Brunner's deke-dangle-goal at the 4:20 mark was beautiful as well--and despite being out-shot 12-8 in the 1st, Jimmy Howard was actually very good and held the Wings in it when the Ducks came in waves...
So Johan Franzen's second period power play goal, a nasty net-front jam, gave Detroit a 3-0 lead 1:04 into the 2nd, from Brunner (the one time he played on the left point, he looked fantastic) and Datsyuk, all seemed well...
But the digging, grinding, and often nasty Ducks made it 3-1 on the power play, just after the halfway mark, with Saku Koivu getting loose in front and kicking it--regrettably, to his stick--and the Ducks were in it again.
The Ducks continued to press, and while the Wings scored another PPG, with Johan Franzen dekeing, dangling and jabbing the puck through Jonas Hiller...
the Ducks literally caused the Wings to chase them around the Wings' crease as they turned the tables on the Wings' forecheck, hemming Detroit in and stealing pucks, and Ryan Getzlaf scored what looked like a roofer but was in fact a softy at 7:50...
Teemu Selanne, as it turns out, did indeed tip the 4-3 goal through Jimmy Howard's glove and blocker with 7:29 left in the 3rd--right after Corey Perry got away with, well, being Corey Perry...
And Bobby Ryan whiffled and riffled a pass through Howard with 2:22 left in regulation, after both Brendan Sith and Kyle Quincey went chasing after Ducks wingers.
But the Wings got a power play when Sheldon Souray, who nearly beat the hell out of Justin Abdelkader in the 2nd, got caught hacking and whacking late in regulation, the Wings had "fresh ice" for the start of OT...
And in the waning seconds of the PP, Danny Cleary did a wonderful job of grabbing the rebound of a wide Jakub Kindl shot, he slid it to Valtteri Filppula, and Filppula heel-to-toe-dangled the puck down low, slid it to Gustav Nyqiust, and Gus blasted the puck past and through Jonas Hiller to win the game 1:21 into OT.
And here is Nyquist on the "CISCO NHL Arena Cam":
The Wings will rather desperately miss DeKeyser, who's done for the year, and the team rather obviously needs to get its defensive shit in gear and not continue chasing Ducks players around the ice--and Howard has to settle down--but the Wings are playing against a Ducks team firing on all cylinders with a young, inexperienced roster that's still learning how to persist in the playoffs, and the Wings can get better than the Ducks have given them.
Full game highlights:
Shots 32-32 overall. Detroit was out-shot 12-8 in the 1st, tied Anaheim 9-9 in the 2nd and 11-11 in the 3rd, and out-shot Anaheim 4-0 in OT.
The Wings went 3-for-6 in 8:34 of PP time; the Ducks went 1-for-5 in 7:56 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 32 shots: Jonas Hiller stopped 27 of 32 shots.
The 3 stars were picked by the Ducks' broadcasters, and they picked Kyle Palmieri, Bobby Ryan and Gustav Nyquist.
The Wings' goals: Abdelkader (1) from Datsyuk (1);
Brunner (1) from Quincey (1);
Franzen (1) from Brunner (1) and Datsyuk (2), PPG;
Franzen (2) from Zetterberg (1) and Brunner (2), PPG;
Nyquist (1) from Filppula (1) and Cleary (1), PPG.
Faceoffs 40-25 Detroit (Detroit won 62%);
Blocked shots 24-16 Detroit;
Missed shots 13-13 (Detroit took a total of 61 shot attempts, with 32 on Hiller and 29 wide or into Ducks players);
Hits 37-22 Anaheim;
Giveaways 11-5 Anaheim;
Takeaways 4-3 Detroit.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 20-and-8 (71%); Filppula went 10-and-8 (56%); Andersson went 6-and-4 (60%); Emmerton went 2-and-5 (29%); Cleary and Eaves won their only faceoffs.
Shots: Zetterberg and Abdelkader co-led the team with 6 shots apiece; Datsyuk had 5; Franzen had 3; Nyquist, Brunner and Filppula had 2; Kindl, Cleary, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall and Andersson had 1.
Blocked attempts: Brunner fired 4 shots into Ducks players; Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist and Quincey had 2 attempts blocked; Emmerton, Filppula and Ericsson had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Brunner missed the net 3 times, as did Quincey; Abdelkader and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Kronwall missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Ericsson led the team with 3 hits; Datsyuk, Eaves, Brunner, Emmerton, Quincey, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 2; Bertuzzi, Filppula and Andersson had 1.
Giveaways: Abdelkader, Cleary, Emmerton, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1;
Takeaways: Quincey had 2 takeaways; Zetterberg and Franzen had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Smith and Franzen blocked 4 shots; Abdelkader and Kronwall blocked 3; Cleary and Andersson blocked 2; Kindl, Datsyuk, Emmerton, Quincey, Filppula and DeKeyser blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Eaves, Brunner, Quincey, Zetterberg and Filppula took minor penalties;
Plus-minus: The team finished at a collective -5. Emmerton finished at -2; Smith, Cleary, Eaves, Quincey, Filppula, Ericsson, Kronwall, Andersson and Franzen finished at -1; Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Brunner and Zetterberg finished at +1.
Points: Brunner had a goal and 2 assists for 3 points; Franzen scored 2 goals; Datsyuk registered 2 assists; Abdelkader and Nyquist scored goals; Cleary, Quincey, Zetterberg and Filppula registered assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 27:09; Datsyuk played 22:34; Franzen played 20:39;
Zetterberg played 20:32; Quincey played 19:23; Ericsson played 19:19;
Kindl played 19:00; Filppula played 17:42; Cleary played 17:03;
Smith played 16:37; DeKeyser played 16:15; Andersson played 12:51;
Brunner played 11:38; Eaves played 10:28;
Emmerton played 9:53; Nyquist played 8:45; Bertuzzi played 7:14.
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