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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: goalposts, dumb luck and an egg-laying effort

Oh, boy. Where do I start?

It was better than the State of the Union and its rebuttal?

The Red Wings just laid an absolute egg en route to a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, looking like a rudderless team minus Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen (and Jimmy Howard not in net, Cory Emmerton and Stephen Weiss also injured, Todd Bertuzzi still scratched, etc. etc.), but the beating came while the Wings were down 3 goalposts and a crossbar, too.

The Wings' power play was a parody of drop-passes and "only the defenseman can shoot the puck" shenanigans--when the Los Angeles Kings East in terms of their style of play were called for penalties on a night where the refs were incredibly inconsistent on both sides and both sides committed all sorts of restraining fouls--defensemen made awful pinches (Niklas Kronwall, I'm looking at you), the "kids" struggled like nobody's business, the "vets" followed, and so did the goaltender.

Some stats stand out: Jonathan Ericsson was -4, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar were -2, Luke Glendening and Daniel Cleary were -2, and the Red Wings fired 33 shots on Chris Steve Mason, fired 20 into Flyers players and 12 wide (that's 32 more attempts), and between the 9 giveaways and 7 Flyers takeaways, that's 16 times that the Wings were in puck battles and the Flyers came up with the puck.

On a night where the national discussion will involve disparities between parties, the mistakes were spread evenly and equitably among all parties involved, the old, the young, the offensive, the defensive, the promising and the struggling, the infuriatingly predictable as well as the surprisingly steady, and...

The team gave a Wild Card playoff spot opponent a fine opportunity to polish its game while building a polished something-else of an effort.

The Red Wings will say that they were banged-up and worn down, and that's true, and they will say that this game, like Sunday's loss to Florida, has to be forgotten quickly, but I really do believe that this game is the kind of game that needs to be gone through by video coach Keith McKittrick in order to offer some very evident, "THIS IS HOW YOU DON'T DO PLAY X" examples.

In the early going, the Wings were being held in by Gustavsson and denied by goalposts; by the end, the occasional flourish while shorthanded was cold comfort.

You can't win every must-win game, but the way in which you get your ass handed to you some nights stings, and I hope this game remains in the Wings' memories as one to not allow to happen again this season.

I can hope, right?

Statistics--perhaps to be taken with a grain of salt:

Shots 33-28 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 8-7 in the 1st period, was out-shot 12-10 in the 2nd and surprisingly out-shot Philly 16-8 in the 3rd.

Special teams: The Red Wings went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time; the Flyers went 1-for-2 in 2:24 of PP time.

Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 23 of 28 shots for Detroit; Steve Mason stopped 33 of 33 shots for Philadelphia.

The CSN Philadelphia's Steve Coates picked the 3 stars, and he picked Claude Giroux, Steve Mason and Scott Fartsmell, I mean Hartnell.

Faceoffs 28-24 Detroit (Detroit won 54%);

Blocked shots 20-9 Philadelphia;

Hits 36-23 Philadelphia;

Giveaways 9-3 Detroit;

Takeaways 7-4 Philadelphia.

The telling individual stat is a combined one: the Red Wings were -20 tonight.

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Chet's avatar

what a goddamn gong show. jesus christ, embarrassing. i turned it off at 4-0.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/28/14 at 10:48 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I don’t know what I saw tonight, but I smelled it from here.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/28/14 at 11:10 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Not sure embarrassing is even close to accurate. Injured roster and whatnot, that was just bad.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/28/14 at 11:11 PM ET

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Man, it’s just like last year…I’m not even dreaming about a Cup anymore. I just want one thing. A playoff berth. I want them to climb the mountain that gets steeper with every loss, and squeak in, if it means the legacy continues.

The tradition is all that matters at this moment, assuming things don’t change. The tradition that this team fights tooth and nail and always finds a way.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 01/28/14 at 11:11 PM ET

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I thought the score was going to be in the 7-0, 8-1 kind of area after the third goal. Even Helm didn’t look that energetic after the third goal.

Some stats stand out: Jonathan Ericsson was -4… and the Red Wings fired 33 shots on Chris Mason…

Little typo there… Chris Mason is is playing in Italy, I think.

Posted by EDJ on 01/28/14 at 11:22 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I just want one thing. A playoff berth. I want them to climb the mountain that gets steeper with every loss, and squeak in, if it means the legacy continues.

Growth through adversity. We’ve seen it in the kids so far. Time to ratchet the adversity up a couple more notches and pile on some angsty fans, just for good measure.

In all seriousness, I think we’ll make the playoffs this year. We’re staying afloat, but we have some kinks that need to be worked out. It will be interesting to see what happens between now and Friday, and whether we can smack the Caps around a bit for that home and home series.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/28/14 at 11:24 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Wishful thinking regarding Chris Mason.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/28/14 at 11:25 PM ET

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In all seriousness, I think we’ll make the playoffs this year. We’re staying afloat,

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/28/14 at 10:24 PM ET

I really really hope so ???
Lets Go Red Wings !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/28/14 at 11:33 PM ET

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I had the Philly feed on Center Ice tonite and they put up a stat saying this is the first time the Wings have been shut out in 3 consecutive road games since 1928. Boy howdy. Just hope the kids keep plugging away and those post shots will find a way into the net. Andersson and Alfie did not appear to have their A games tonite.

Turned on the Caps game after ours was done and saw Chermeria get a penalty and the whole team seemed to stop playing and allow the Sabres to score on the delayed penalty call.  They look ripe for the picking of 4 points this weekend .

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/28/14 at 11:44 PM ET

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I just got home…won’t bother logging in to the paysite to watch it then…but I’m honestly not surprised. Come on…the heart and soul of this team has been on the bench for the most part since early December.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/28/14 at 11:49 PM ET

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The most heartless effort ive seen this year.  Nobody wanted to
be out there for the Wings tonight.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/28/14 at 11:51 PM ET

Chet's avatar

33-28 in shots, and the post/crossbars didn’t even count. A weird game…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/29/14 at 12:25 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

This is a team that misses its Captain.  Two games missing, two losses.  One slipped through our fingers and the other a team-wise dud.  We need our C on the ice.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/29/14 at 01:09 AM ET

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Oh, boy. Where do I start?

It was better than the State of the Union and its rebuttal?

Well, the game was exactly like the State of the Union message – it was an effort delivered by a woefully inadequate entity that had no idea how to deliver on what was expected on them/him. So, in that regard, that was a good analogy, George.

Now when it comes to the game itself, here’s my take…

What did any of you expect (from either the game or Obama)? We’re watching (or have watched) a bunch of kids learning how to function in the real world. With the Wings, we all hope that next year will be much better. When it comes to what Obama will deliver, I’m guessing it will be more of the same.

Some will think that’s great. Some will think that’s horrible. But as someone who lived through the “dark days” of Richard Nixon, I know that no mater what Obama does this country will grow and prosper.

I just wish I had as much confidence that the Red Wings under Ken Holland willl be able to move ahead without competent leadership.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/29/14 at 01:20 AM ET

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YOUTH MOVEMENT!

Posted by brians neck on 01/29/14 at 01:24 AM ET

Chet's avatar

yea but this one was a bowel movement.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/29/14 at 02:28 AM ET

Alan's avatar

33-28 in shots, and the post/crossbars didn’t even count. A weird game…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/28/14 at 11:25 PM ET

If they did, they’d have been waved off anyway.

 

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/29/14 at 02:28 AM ET

Chet's avatar

let’s leave the Prez out of hockey talk if we can. he’s prob a hawks fan anyway.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/29/14 at 02:40 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Nobody played defense in this game.  They were lazy.  They lacked leadership.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/29/14 at 07:48 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I want to know why Jimmy was back up if he wasn’t ready to go?  I thought Gus would be pulled after the third goal (even though the goals weren’t necessarily his fault).  It might have been a spark for the rest of the team.  But then Mickey said, “They won’t pull Gustavsson because they want to give Jimmy a few more days.”  WTF?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/29/14 at 08:35 AM ET

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Howard healthy enough to play in an emergency and they need to let Mrzak play.

Posted by brians neck on 01/29/14 at 09:04 AM ET

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I thought situations like this was exactly the reason for signing Cleary. Veteran leadership. I guess once actual leaders are out of the locker room Cleary is completely useless.
Sickening.

Posted by George0211 on 01/29/14 at 09:08 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

it is spelled mrazek

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/29/14 at 10:29 AM ET

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I agree with George0211, cleary absolutely useless in these situations.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 01/29/14 at 10:29 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

That game ......... watching the Junior Varsity scrimmage the Varsity.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/29/14 at 12:07 PM ET

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I thought situations like this was exactly the reason for signing Cleary. Veteran leadership. I guess once actual leaders are out of the locker room Cleary is completely useless.
Sickening.

Posted by George0211 on 01/29/14 at 08:08 AM ET

I had the exact same thought last night watching him struggle to make his way around the rink. If his “pen” is mightier that his “sword” where TF is the morale boost he is supposed to be providing?

Are those chips only good in the playoffs? Well, I have some bad news…......

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 01/29/14 at 12:46 PM ET

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I thought situations like this was exactly the reason for signing Cleary. Veteran leadership. I guess once actual leaders are out of the locker room Cleary is completely useless.
Sickening.

Posted by George0211 on 01/29/14 at 08:08 AM ET

+19.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/29/14 at 02:02 PM ET

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what a goddamn gong show. jesus christ, embarrassing. i turned it off at 4-0.

You should have bet the Flyers to win, bet the under, not watched the game at all, saved yourself 3 hours of annoyance, and doubled your money in the bargain.

Last night was pretty awesome, all things considered.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/29/14 at 03:00 PM ET

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