The Malik Report
by George Malik on 10/04/13 at 08:37 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 OT win to the Carolina Hurricanes was initially case of a team making too many mistakes and playing just "too cute" to get the job done on bad ice with bad bounces and...Scatterbrained efforts by the Wings' secondary and tertiary scorers not named Alfredsson, Andersson or Miller.
I'd argue that Jimmy Howard was partially at fault for both goals against--despite the fact that Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey illustrated exactly how defensemen should NOT approach a 3-on-2, with Smith taking himself out of the play and Quincey waving at the puck that Radek Dvorak shoveled over Howard, Howard should NOT have committed to the poke check that allowed Dvorak to flick the puck over his shoulder...
And in the second period, when the Wings were the victim of a double-deflection on the PK, with a boucing puck going off of both Zetterberg and DeKeyser, right to Nathan Gerbe, Howard left his five hole open, and Gerbe was able to flutter the puck through the five-hole...
The Wings were down 2-0 with 1:49 left in the 2nd, and you kind of had the feeling that it was over.
But Howard was stellar otherwise as the Hurricanes out-chanced the WIngs and out-sustained puck possession, with Detroit seemingly too content to trade rushes, to skate on the outside of battles for the puck, poking their stick in instead of gaining body position, and simply looking like they were playing down to the level of their opponent...
And while Justin Abdelkader scored an absolutely gorgeous goal 42 seconds into the 3rd, taking advantage of a rare Wings bounce off of Justin Falk's stick via a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and burying the puck between Cam Ward's legs...
The Wings whiffed on their power play from the 3-5 minute mark, and aside from the diagonal pass that led to the Abdelkader zone, the Wings played right into the hands of a trap-dump-and-not-chase team, trying to make cute plays and over-passing and over-waiting to shoot...
The fact that the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated Rochester 8-1 while Mikael Samuelsson hamstrung the second power play unit and the best players on the third and fourth line were Miller and Andersson as well as the facts that the non-Kronwall-and-Ericsson defenders struggled did not speak well of the Wings' personnel....
But while I was writing that paragraph, after the Wings had blown an offensive zone draw with Howard pulled, Alfredsson, Datsyuk and Zetterberg unleashed a flurry of shots and eventually, with Johan Franzen in front and Sekera dropping to his knees to block the first backhand, Zetterberg was able to plow a high, hard shot past Ward to salvage a point.
All of a sudden, 17 seconds away from a loss, the Wings had their point. The shots in the 3rd were 16-11 Detroit, and OT began with the Wings taking a thoroughly mediocre effort and turning it into SOMEthing while the Bruins waited for Detroit to fly from Raleigh to Massachusetts...
The Wings traded wild stabbing chances, and finally, Franzen and Kronwall chose to pull off a dangerous dangerous pinch, with Franzen sweeping hte puck over to Kronwall off al ine change, and Franzen stabbed at it, kicked it and as Weiss lurked in the slot, he plowed the puck off of Ward and gave the Wings a win, 3:13--ha ha--in to OT against Peter Karmanos' team and Weiss's alma mater's owner.
In terms of "deserving" the game, the Red Wings earned jack and shit. But it ain't about who deserves anything. It's about taking what you can get and stealing the rest.
*#$%@& 'em. It was an ugly, mucky, grindy, trap-happy mess of a game. The Wings were mostly thoroughly mediocre, but Howard did indeed keep the Wings in it, and despite continued crappy special teams performances (no PPG's and 1 PPG against), the Wings did what they can do to us all year long: frustrate the hell out of us for 55 minutes, and then go and steal two points.
The Wings DESPERATELY need to get better performances from their secondary defensemen and secondary scorers not named Alfredsson, Andersson or Miller to sweep the trip.
Howard's stickhandling is a nightmare, especially with the guys on different pages, but he's soaking up rebounds, and it's a beautiful thing to see:
Shots 38-25 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Carolina 8-4 in the 1st, 10-9 in the 2nd, 16-11 in the 3rd and 4-1 in OT.
The Wings went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time; the Hurricanes went 1-for-3 in 5:43 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 23 of 25; Cam Ward stopped 34 of 37.
The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports South, and they picked Justin Faulk, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss.
The Wings' goals: Abdelkader (1) from Zetterberg (1) and Ericsson (1);
Zetterberg (1) from Alfredsson (1) and Franzen (1);
Weiss (1) from Franzen (2) and Kronwall (2), OT, GWG.
Faceoffs 24-23 Carolina (Detroit won 49%);
Blocked shots 23-15 Carolina;
Missed shots 15-15 (total attempts 76-55, with the Wings shooting 38 shots AT Cam Ward and another 38 wide or into Canes players);
Hits 26-20 Carolina;
Giveaways 10-6 Detroit;
Takeaways 12-8 Carolina.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-7 (59%); Weiss went 4-and-8 (33%); Andersson went 4-and-7 (36%); Emmerton went 5-and-1 (83%); Samuelsson lost his only faceoffs.
Shots: Zetterberg led the Wings with 10 shots and he had 6 more attempts; Alfredsson had 5 shots; Abdelkader and Datsyuk had 4; Franzen had 3; Kindl, Emmerton and Weiss had 2; Smith, Andersson Quincey, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1.
Blocked attempts: Zetterberg hit Hurricanes players 4 times; Kindl and Alfredsson had 3 attempts blocked; Smith, Datsyuk and Ericsson had 2 attempts blocked; Abdelkader, Andersson, Miller, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Weiss and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Datsyuk Miller, Zetterberg, Kronwall and DeKeyser missed the net 2 times; Quincey, Samuelsson, Ericsson, Weiss and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 7 hits; Smith, Datsyuk Ericsson and Franzen had 2; Alfredsson, Miller, Emmerton, Quincey and Bertuzzi had 1.
Giveaways: DeKeyser had a rough night with 3 giveaways; Smith, Andersson Emmerton, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary and Weiss had 1.
Takeaways: Franzen had 2 takeaways; Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Kindl blocked 3 Hurricanes shots; Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Quincey, Zetterberg and Weiss blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Smith, Alfredsson and Ericsson took minor penalites.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +10. Smith, Andersson, Quincey, Bertuzzi and Cleary finished at -1; Abdelkader, Franzen, Datsyuk, Ericsson and DeKeyser finished at +1; Zetterberg and Franzen finished at +2; Kronwall and Weiss finished at +3.
Points: Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Abdelkader and Weiss scored goals; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 22:21 played; Datsyuk played 22:07; Ericsson played 21:13;
Zetterberg played 21:07; DeKeyser played 20:13; Kindl played 20:08;
Weiss played 19:03; Alfredsson played 18:52; Franzen played 18:47;
Smith played 18:23; Smith played 18:12; Abdelkader played 15:21;
Andersson played 15:19; Cleary played 15:13; Bertuzzi played 12:50;
Miller played 10:56; Samuelsson played 9:38; Emmerton played 8:34.
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