The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/18/13 at 12:16 AM ET
The Detroit Red Wings packed their equipment bags and boarded Red Bird III to fly further West an off-day in Vancouver after dropping an 3-1 decision against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, and their loss, combined with Columbus defeating Anaheim 3-2 in overtime, leaves the Wings in a particularly difficult position in the Western Conference standings--in 9th place, behind the Blue Jackets (though the Wings have a game in hand and more ROWs than Columbus), and in more danger with Dallas (2 points behind Detroit) hosting the Wings' next opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, on Thursday...
But you already know that. How the Wings managed to drop three straight games to the Flames, with the latter two games involving the Wings surrendering own-goals of the heinous variety--tonight, with Jonathan Ericsson helping Steve Begin tap a puck through Howard's legs, and then Kyle Quincey peeling away from the net and Damien Brunner changing on a power play, Howard expressing his frustration and allowing Begin to score...
5-2. 5-2. 3-1. There is no reason that the Wings should have contributed to Kiprusoff's command farewell performance as elegantly as they did. None. The Wings ridiculously out-shot, out-chanced, out-everythinged the Flames in everything except work ethic, attention to detail, intensity, effort, get-off-the-boards-ness, and, put simply, smart and efficient team play.
I am absolutely terrified that the Wings have allowed the Flames to snuff out their playoff chances...But that would be an inaccurate assessment, because so many of the Wings' mortal wounds this season have been self-inflicted. The Wings out-shot Calgary so ridiculously in this game, out-chanced them so ridiculously, and yet played so ridiculously in their own zone...
The Wings don't have the horses, folks, and at this point, I'm not blaming the coach or the GM for what I witnessed on Wednesday night.
I'm blaming the horses. With perhaps the exceptions of Nyquist, Andersson and when Brunner was shooting and not playing passively, everyone had the jitters, including Datsyuk and Zetterberg,
How can a team lose a game when it out-shoots its opponent 11-2 in the 2nd period and 19-5 in the 3rd period?
How can a team lose when it's given 5 power plays to 1, and yet ends up surrendering a shorthanded goal instead?
It's not a question of coaching. It's not a question of leadership. It's a question of execution, attention to detail, grit, heart and teamwork, and the players in which the team has placed their 21-year playoff-appearance run...Haven't delivered. Each and every one of them.
In the end, games are won and lost on the ice. And this one was lost on the ice. In potentially playoff-streak-ending fashion.
Shots 38-17 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 10-8 in the 1st period but out-shot Calgary 11-2 in the 2nd and 19-5 in the 3rd.
The Wings went 0-for-5 in 7:29 of PP time and gave up a shorthanded goal; the Flames went 0-for-1 in 59 seconds of PP time but scored a shorthanded goal.
Jimmy Howard stopped 14 of 17 shots; Mikka Kiprusoff stopped 36 of 38.
The 3 stars were picked by The Fan 960, and they were Gustav Nyquist, Steve Begin and Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Wings' goals: Nyquist (3) from Andersson (5) and Cleary (5);
Franzen (10) from Quincey (2) and Smith (7).
Blocked shots 14-8 Calgary;
Missed shots 18-8 Detroit (total attempts 70-33 Detroit, with Detroit firing 38 shots on Kiprusoff and another 32 wide or into Flames players);
Hits 18-7 Calgary;
Giveaways 15-9 Calgary;
Takeaways 7-6 Calgary.
Individual stats,TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 9-and-8 (53%); Zetterberg went 6-and-8 (43%); Andersson went 7-and-7 (50%); Emmerton went 3-and-2 (60%); Abdelkader and Nyquist won their only faceoffs; Brunner and Franzen lost their only faceoffs.
Shots: Zetterberg led the team with 8 shots; Brunner had 7; Datsyuk had 4; Nyquist and Filppula had 3; Kindl, DeKeyser and Franzen had 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Miller and Quincey had 1.
Blocked attempts: Kronwall hit Flames players 3 times; Quincey, Ericsson and Andersson had 2 shot attempts blocked; Smith, Cleary, Nyquist, Eaves and Filppula had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Nyquist and Franzen missed the net 3 times; Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Filppula missed the net 2 times; Kindl, Abdelkader, Eaves, Zetterberg, Andersson and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader had 3 hits; Cleary had 2; Kronwall and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk, Filppula, Ericsson, Kronwall, Andersson and obviously Howard had giveaways.
Takeaways: Zetterberg had 2 takeaways; Abdelkader, Nyquist, Emmerton and Filppula had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Quincey blocked 3 Flames shots; Kronwall blocked 2; Emmerton, Ericsson and DeKeyser blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Danny Cleary was tagged with the Wings' only minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -5. Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall finished at -2; Kindl, Abdelkader, Eaves, Miller and Emmerton finished at -1; Smith, Nyquist, Brunner, Andersson and Franzen finished at +1.
Points: Nyquist and Franzen scored goals; Smith, Cleary, Quincey and Andersson had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:06 played; Zetterberg played 24:29; Kindl played 22:25;
Datsyuk played 20:51; Ericsson played 19:18; Filppula played 18:42;
Quincey played 17:54; DeKeyser played 16:57; Franzen played 16:16;
Brunner played 16:09; Cleary played 15:44; Nyquist played 15:26;
Smith played 15:22; Abdelkader played 14:56; Andersson played 13:30;
Miller played 9:02; Emmerton played 8:15; Eaves played 7:44.
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