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by George Malik on 01/27/13 at 10:45 PM ET
Updated at 10:56 PM with stats and highlights: The Detroit Red Wings are most certainly a team in search of an identity that they have yet to find. The Wings looked downright scared throughout the first and second periods of their 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks--giving the Hawks a 6-and-0 start--but the Wings played with so much guts, gusto and grit in the third period, tying the game and sending it to OT thanks to some spectacular puck possession (the Wings ended up looking like they could indeed keep up with the Hawks, just as they skated circles around the Wild once they played the system they've been taught to play, regardless of the personnel they have) and wonderful goaltending from Jimmy Howard...
But in OT, and perhaps in no small part due to the fact that the Wings appeared afraid to shoot on a power play that went 0-for-6 in a remarkable 11:17 of PP time, a team that out-hit, out-shot and eventually out-worked and out-competed the Blackhawks ended up losing because Justin Abdelkader chugged off the ice after Henrik Zetterberg won a faceoff in his own zone, as Zetterberg chugged up ice, the Blackhawks went the other way, Viktor Stalberg drew both Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson to the left side of the ice in the Wings' end (why Babcock chose to take Lashoff off the Kronwall pairing late in the game is beyond me), and Damien Brunner, who'd gotten onto the ice late, ended up kinda sorta intercepting Stalberg's pass to pinching defenseman Nick Leddy...By tipping it past Jimmy Howard.
The Wings may have deserved much better, but they also seemed to earn their unfortunate break in this instance.
I'll add some stats and highlights in a bit, but I want to know what you think about this one. I'm pissed off given that the Wings' identity quest was marred by a terrible power play and a sense of indecisiveness that has cost the Wings too many points already.
Shots 30-27 Detroit overall.
The Wings and Hawks tied in shots in the 1st, going 11-and-11; the Wings out-shot Chicago 9-6 in the 2nd; the Wings out-shot Chicago 9-8 in the 3rd; and they were out-shot in OT 2-1.
The Wings went a hideous 0-for-6 in 11:17 of PP time, including 0-for-1 in 43 seconds of 5 on 3 time; the Hawks went 1-for-3 in 4:39 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 27 shots; Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 30.
The three stars, per the "Chicago Media," were Marcus Kruger (3), Pavel Datsyuk (2) and Corey Crawford (1).
The Wings' goal: Franzen (1) from Brunner (1) and Zetterberg (4).
Faceoffs 33-31 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);
Blocked shots 20-14 Chicago;
Missed shots 8-7 Detroit (total attempts 58-48 Detroit);
Hits 19-14 Detroit;
Giveaways supposedly 12-3 Chicago;
Takeaways supposedly 13-5 Chicago.
Update # whatever: Oh joy, even the Red Wings website's highlights are provided by and narrated by Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:
Oh joy, part 2: Via RedWingsFeed, NHL Tonight's Mark Roe and Mike Johnson blathered on about the game...
This Jimmy Howard save was pretty amazing, though:
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