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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: stupid shootout!

The Red Wings hoped to avoid a first-game-back-from-a-West-Coast-Swing funk against the Philadelpiha Flyers on Sunday evening, facing a team unbeaten in 5 (4-0-and-1) and a team that had won 4 of its past 5 meetings with the Wings.

As the teams kicked off an abbreviated 3-game second-half set of games, the Wings hoped to push the Flyers deeper into the Eastern Conference's playoff pack while gaining ground in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings were robbed of a better result by a stupid shootout. Mrazek was marvelous, Detroit out-shot, out-attempted, out-goal-posted and out-played a mean and nasty Flyers team in what was marvelous end-to-end hockey...

But Detroit was unable to score that 2-0 goal after it had earned the 1-0 margin, the Flyers tied the game, played overtime for the shootout, and they gave Detroit 2-1 shootout loss.

The 1st period began with Zetterberg's line facing the Simmonds-Giroux-Voracek trio, setting up a "match-up line" of strength on strength as opposed to, well, Luke Glendening against strength.

The Wings surrendered a shot early to the Voracek line and regrouped for the balance of the shift, pushing back toward Neuvirth as the Flyers showed better legs early, coming out hitting and coming out generating turnovers.

Dylan Larkin got the first Wings shot off, and it was quite the shot on Neuvirth, a rocket wrister from the slot;

The Wings received quite the opportunity when Ryan White charged into Tomas Jurco's head elbow-and-shoulder first, and White took a 5-minute major at 2:20. White got a match penalty as well, so he's going to be visiting the NHL.

Datsyuk and Zetterberg began the 5-minute PP together and generated some offense, cycling the puck down low and attempting to post back-door goals;

Pulkkinen joined the second unit along with Larkin, Richards, Green and Tatar;

Halfway through the PP, Detroit had done a fine job of making pretty plays, but not such a great job of actually screening Neuvrith and firing pucks at him, though Justin Abdelkader slid his body in front of Neuvrith and knocked Neuvirth's stick away.

Detroit wasn't able to dent the net during the 5-minute PP, and the Flyers perked up considerably after the PK, but Detroit relaxed when it was over, too, and Neuvrith had to be sharp as Datsyuk, Zetterberg and even Helm generated chances.

Jurco returned to the ice on a line with Tatar and Datsyuk, which was good to see;

Ten minutes into the period, the Wings led in shots 8-3 and in attempts 15-5.

The first period remained something of a feeling-out process for two teams that didn't know each other very well, and so...things were kind of clunky.

I did really like the extra skill and offensive pop that Jurco and Pulkkinen brought to Glendening's wing on the "fourth line," and Detroit's level of play was strong, confident and crisp;

Detroit kept pressing as best they could, and they did test Neuvirth from time to time, but the Wings' attempts were evenly split between 9 shots on goal and 8 wide/blocked attempts.

With Radko Gudas continuing White's lead in terms of throwing his body into Wings bodies, the Wings took their first penalty at 16:09, with DeKeyser going for interfering with Jakub Voracek.

Glendening, Helm, Ericsson and Kronwall took to the ice against the Flyers' first unit, and Mrazek made a strong save on Raffl, and Mrazek ended up stopping 4 very strong chances by the Flyers, including a tipped chance, as the Wings killed the penalty.

The balance of the period was evenly-contested battle, and Detroit emerged from the 1st tied 0-0.

Statistically, after 1 period...Detroit was out-shot 11-10.

Detroit went 0-for-1 in 5 minutes of PP time; Philly went 0-for-1 in 2:00.

Detroit out-attempted Philadelphia 20-18, which means that the Flyers had a helluva second half of the 1st;

Detroit and Philly were tied in hits 6-6;

Detroit and Philly both had 2 giveaways and Detroit had 1 takeaway, so possession changes were 3-2 Detroit;

Detroit blocked 3 shots to Philadelphia's 5;

Detroit went 5-and-10 (33%) in the faceoff circle, with Zetterberg's 2-and-0 (100%) pacing the team.


Datsyuk led the Wings with 3 shots; Pulkkinen and Larkin had 2; Richards, Green and Jurco had 1 shot;

Datsyuk also had 3 attempts wide/blocked;

Abdelkader led the Wings with 2 hits;

Smith and Larkin had giveaways;

Nyquist had a takeaway;

Abdelkader, Tatar and Kronwall blocked shots;

The Wings were "even";

Kronwall played 7:27, Green 7:04, Abdelkader 6:33, Tatar 6:31, Zetterberg 6:10, Datsyuk 6:03, Ericsson 7:02.

The 2nd period began with Zetterberg's line vs. Giroux's again, and Detroit pushed harder to generate a shot attempt;

Schenn came back at Mrazek, and he made a nice stop with his new pads;

Dylan Larkin set up a gorgeous little 2-on-1 break with Smith, who missed, Larkin came back into the zone and shot himself but fired wide of Neuvirth, and Larkin was exasperated with himself when the shift ended.

2-and-a-half minutes in, Detroit was beginning to generate and sustain possession and control in the Flyers' zone, even when the Glendening line was on the ice, and the team displayed a level of balance that it hasn't displayed in a long time in terms of line-to-line and d-pair-to-d-pair skill.

However, Mrazek remained the bacon-saver, making amazing stops on Schenn and Simmonds.

With the Wings looking gassed mentally and physically, but despite the quality of the Flyers' shots, Detroit was matching their quantity, and Datsyuk in particular was excellent, drawing a penalty on Gudas at 8:17...

The Larkin unit worked the puck around the boards beautifully, but was unable to dent Neuvirth; Zetterberg and Datsyuk = goalpost for Kronwall, and as the penalty expired for the Flyers, Gudas made a beeline for the pile-up that was Justin Abdelkader and Evgeny Medvedev, battling Henrik Zetterberg to get at Abdelkader, which Zetterberg prevented Gudas from doing.

Abdelkader and Medvedev sat at 10:17, yielding a little 4-on-4...Petr Mrazek made an amazing glove save on Streit, Sheahan fired the puck over Neuvirth, and Simmonds tried to shove Mrazek into the net as the teams traded rushes.

The Wings got away with too many men by a considerable margin, and Riley Sheahan tried to get friendly with Pierre McGuire to avoid the penalty.

Back to 5-on-5, Zetterberg made an amazing play that Neuvirth stifled, and again, after play, Abdelkader was essentially sat upon...

With 14 minutes gone in the 2nd period, Detroit was out-shooting Philadelphia 10-5 on the period and 20-16 on the night, with Detroit out-attempting Philadelphia 43-28.

Detroit was at least employing a high-octane system of play and establishing an incredibly high energy level while attacking the Flyers. It was good to see and fun to watch, and during the season, we forget sometimes that you're supposed to have fun watching hockey games.

Larkin kept stealing the show, as did Mrazek, with Larkin's status as a puck "transporter" and Mrazek dazzling in the net...

But the Red Wings FINALLY won a faceoff (Datsyuk), Ericsson passed the puck to Niklas Kronwall, and the puck flickered off Gudas, over Neuvirth and into the net before Tomas Tatar could jam it in.

Kronwall made it 1-0 @ 18:25 from Ericsson and Datsyuk.

The Flyers challenged the goal for goaltender interference--and Darren Helm did brush Neuvirth's glove--but the goal stood.

Brendan Smith made a lovely play to stop a potential 3-on-1 in the period's final minute, and despite some bumps and checks, Detroit emerged from the 2nd up 1-0.

Statistically, after 2 periods...Detroit out-shot Philadelphia 13-5 in the 2nd and 23-16 overall.

Detroit went 0-for-2 in 7:00 of PP time; Philadelphia went 0-for-1 in 2:00.

Detroit out-attempted Philadelphia 50-29;

Detroit out-hit Philadelphia 11-10;

Detroit had 7 giveaways to Philadelphia's 4 and 3 takeaways to Philadelphia's 2, so possession changes were 9-7 Philadelphia;

Detroit blocked 8 shots to Philadelphia's 12;

And Detroit went 16-and-19 (46%) in the faceoff circle, with Datsyuk's 5-and-4 (56%) leading the team.


Datsyuk led the Wings with 4 shots and 8 attempts; Richards and Larkin had 3 shots; Sheahan, Zetterberg and Pulkkinen had 2 shots;

Kronwall had 1 shot and 3 blocked attempts;

Smith had 1 shot and 3 missed attempts;

Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Ericsson co-led the Wings with 2 hits;

Smith had 2 giveaways; Quincey, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Larkin and Mrazek had 1 giveaway;

Richards had 2 takeaways, Nyquist 1;

DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith, Abdelkader, Tatar, Quincey, Helm and Kronwall blocked 1 shot;

The Wings were +5;

Green led the Wings with 13:53 played; Kronwall played 13:25, Tatar 13:04, Datsyuk 12:41, Zetterberg 12:20, DeKeyser 12:12.

The 3rd period began with Zetterberg and Voracek still opposing each other, and the Voracek line went offsides in an expeditious manner.

Detroit continued its up-tempo style of puck possession while attempting to extend their lead to 2 goals; Philly seemed to be herky-jerky and a little disjointed, but it managed to keep the Wings to the outside for the beginning few minutes of the 3rd, too.

The Flyers regrettably tied things up at 4:24, allowing the Wings to get caught pinching, then get caught watching Voracek deke around DeKeyser, flick a pass out to Giroux, and Girioux put the puck off the post and in with Sheahan unable to close on Giroux.

Claude Giroux tied the game 1-1 @ 4:24 from Voracek and Simmonds.

Immediately after the goal, henrik Zetterberg was on a breakaway and was hooked on what could have been a penalty shot, but Detroit went to the PP instead @ 4:39.

The Abdelkader, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall unit nearly scored goals while attempting to push pucks in the actual net;

Pulkkinen, Larkin, Tatar, Green and Richards worked the perimeter, and they may have blown a golden opportunity...

Because Kyle Quincey went to the penalty box at 7:13 for interference, with Philly leading in shots 5-2.

The PK began with Glendening and Larkin, then Sheahan and Abdelkader up front; Kronwall and Ericsson worked the points.

For the first minute, Detroit forced the Flyers offsides, and then dumped the puck down the ice after winning the faceoff;

 The second minute yielded a Mrazek save on Giroux, a save on Gostisbehere, and a smart clear by Smith;

Detroit emerged with 10:45 left in the 3rd and the game tied.

Regrettably, Mike Green flicked the puck out of play and gave the Flyers a power play at 10:00 exactly...

And Niklas Kronwall yielded a Flyers 5-on-3 for 1:36 after getting tagged for interference on Voracek, which was a stupid penalty.

Petr Mrazek made an amazing stop on Gostisbehere to start the 5-on-3;

Glendening, Ericsson and DeKeyser helped Mrazek kill the 5-on-3 part of the penalty with excellent positioning and clearing;

Mrazek made an amazing glove save on Voracek on the one-timer to end the 5-on-3, too;

Detroit killed the rest of the penalty and emerged with 7:36 left even.

Clear of the penalty-killing responsibilities, Pavel Datsyuk hit the goalpost, playing on a line with Richards and Larkin;

With 5:16 left in regulation, that line created an icing call that forced the Flyers to ice tired players against Zetterberg, Pulkkinen and Abdelkader, but the Flyers won the faceoff and changed.

Smith spun Schenn head over heels with a fantastic hit a little later in the period;

The period raced down toward overtime with the teams becoming increasingly tentative and more perimeter-oriented, which wasn't surprising;

With 4 seconds left in regulation, Couturier drew a power play by forcing Brendan Smith to hook him...

And when Wayne Simmonds hopped into Mrazek, butt-to-face, Shane Gostisbehere's goal was negated, and Simmonds sat down with 1.6 left in regulation.

Statistically, in the 3rd period, Detroit was out-shot 14-4 and 30-27 on the night;

Detroit still out-attempted Philadelphia 62-47;

Detroit out-hit Philadephia 18-16;

Detroit had 7 giveaways to Philly's 4 and 5 takeways to Philly's 2;

Detroit blocked 8 shots to Philadelphia's 13;

Detroit went 21-and-28 (43%) in the faceoff circle.

In overtime, Larkin, Datsyuk and DeKeyser began the period vs. Gostisbehere Voracek and Giroux.

Kronwall, Abdelkader and Zetterberg received a pass from Mrazek via Datsyuk and Kronwall nearly scored, Zetterberg held in, the trio cycled and Z cycled to Green, and Nyquist shot;

When it became 4-on-4 as Smith and Simmonds stepped out of the penalty boxes, the Flyers mounted an assault, but Larkin, Green and Datsyuk countered, and held the puck in the Flyers' end;

Schenn was stifled by Ericsson, and he, DeKeyser, Zetterberg and Abdelkader walked in;

At the other end, Shane Gostisbehere got a shot on Mrazek;

In the final minute of play, Medvedev was blocked, Richards carried the puck in to Green, but he was blocked, the Flyers took the puck, worked the perimeter and got the shootout.

In the shootout:

Nyquist walked in glove side and hit the goalpost over Neuvirth's glove, hitting the bar;

Simmonds walked in serpentine on Mrazek and was stifled blocker side;

Pavel Datsyuk skated in straight on and scored top backhand;

Claude Giroux skated in and scored on a dazzled Mrazek;

Richards the third shooter blazed in fast and was stopped by Neuvirth's pad;

Voracek roared in on Mrazek and scored 5-hole, winning the shootout.

Roenick and Jones were practically giddy because their alumni team had won.


Detroit was out-shot 31-30. Detroit was out-shot 11-10 in the 1st, Detroit out-shot Philadelphia 13-5 in the 2nd, Detroit was out-shot 14-4 in the 3rd, and Detroit out-shot Philadelphia 3-1 in OT.

Special teams: Detroit went 0-for-4 in 9:03 of PP time; Philadelphia went 0-for-5 in 6:27 of PP time.

Goaltending: Petr Mrazek stopped 30 of 31 for Detroit; Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 of 30 for Philadelphia.

The 3 stars were picked by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and he picked Claude Giroux, Pavel Datsyuk and Michal Neuvirth.

The Red Wings' goal: Kronwall (3) from Ericsson (6) and Datsyuk (16) @ 18:25 of the 2nd, 1-0 Detroit.

Detroit out-attempted Philadelphia 69-49. Detroit fired 30 shots on Neuvirth and 29 wide/blocked.

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Man, JR is a blowhard. That said, can Ray Ferraro please do commentary for all NBC broadcasts?

Posted by RyanVM on 01/17/16 at 11:40 PM ET


Smith’s ass better get benched next game.  Marchenko has been better than Smith all season and didn’t even deserve to sit for these two, and he better not sit again after that gaffe by Smith tonight.

Posted by FireKetchup on 01/17/16 at 11:42 PM ET

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Man, JR is a blowhard. That said, can Ray Ferraro please do commentary for all NBC broadcasts?

What did you expect from a former Slackhawk? Lets face it NBC hates the Red Wings. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 01/17/16 at 11:43 PM ET

Chet's avatar

at this point, we should just concede every game that goes to shootout, lest mrazek get hurt.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/18/16 at 12:08 AM ET


This loss in on Blashill imo. We score 2 PP goals in the previous game using Dats, Z with Green. Just stay with that, do not go back to Kron with the first unit and Green with the second, it’s not rocket science, goes with what works. The game could have be won on 5 min PP.
Then in the third period Dats gets couple of shifts with Richards and it was poetry in motion. Still next game it will be Helm and Tatar again, which just does not work.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/18/16 at 12:15 AM ET

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Wings score 1 goal again in 65 mins of play and then lose in a SO against the worst shoot out team since its asinine idea. Hard to believe a Team is worse than the Wings in SOs.

Better score more and start winning at Home

No Larkin, No Mrazek..  Wings would be sucking hind Tit, Leaf Like

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 01/18/16 at 12:18 AM ET


Even after a decent enough game the smith giveaway was unforgivable. Total lack of situational awareness. Marchenko should slot in. Should but won’t.

Posted by brians neck on 01/18/16 at 12:28 AM ET


Smith’s play was bonehead no doubt, still I am baffled by the the obsession here about the defense when our inability to score goals and our horrible PP is what continues to cost us games. 

One PP goal ever other game and we’re on top of the Atlantic right now.

Posted by Ventr on 01/18/16 at 12:55 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Maybe if Mrazek used Jimmy’s mask, then the team would would be tricked into scoring more than 1 goal for him.  This lack of “run support” is mind boggling. 

Entertaining game and a point.  Would have liked two, but at least Pavel got off the schneid in the shoot-out.  It was nice to see him actually score one after what seemed like a year.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/18/16 at 01:00 AM ET


What’s up with the 3 on 3 OT.?  BS we played the whole friggin OT 4 on 4.  The Wings win 3 on 3, or at least no shootout!  They needed a stoppage in play!  What’s wrong with the Coach ?  Ice the puck or telegraph a blueline shot to get a stoppage and back to 3 on 3.  Does being close to the ice freeze their brains or are they boneheads.  Comon guys, we should of won that game!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/18/16 at 01:40 AM ET

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At times in the second period, it looked like they were trying to set up Flyers goals. Then this

in the 3rd period, Detroit was out-shot 14-4

Which team played the night before and which one had a couple days off?

Through the first 60 minutes, the Red Wings only managed one contested goal, while the Flyers put the puck in the Red Wings net three times. The Red Wings were lucky to earn a single point, not to mention having a good chance at the second one. With how this season has gone, after reading how bad the Flyers were in Detroit and in the shootout, when the game went to OT, you had to expect this outcome.

They needed a stoppage in play!

The only complaint I have with how they played in OT is that they had 60 minutes prior to play like that and didn’t.

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/18/16 at 02:16 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I wont lie, I’m happy they got a point.  I kinda’ figured they’d find a way to get nothing.

Posted by Primis on 01/18/16 at 10:56 AM ET


What’s up with the 3 on 3 OT.?  BS we played the whole friggin OT 4 on 4.  The Wings win 3 on 3, or at least no shootout!  They needed a stoppage in play!  What’s wrong with the Coach ?  Ice the puck or telegraph a blueline shot to get a stoppage and back to 3 on 3.  Does being close to the ice freeze their brains or are they boneheads.  Comon guys, we should of won that game!


Was just thinking this, why not have Larkin grab the puck real freaking fast and shoot it out of play on their end so there’s no penalty? Gotta get 3 on 3 back or 4 on 4 is just another probably not going to happen OT session.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 01/18/16 at 11:07 AM ET

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