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by George Malik on 12/23/13 at 10:59 PM ET
Update: Oh, shit:
One would expect a let-down after the Red Wings more or less emptied the tank to rally from a 4-1 deficit and defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday...
But the Wings didn't even show up until the third period in any real sense of the term, and dropped a 3-0 loss to the New York islanders which cost the team Jonathan Ericsson's services (shoulder injury?), cost the team any right to feel good about themselves going into the Christmas break, and it cost the fans yet another significant amount of money to watch an incredibly banged-up team play awful hockey.
While getting shut-out at home.
The Islanders' goals were mostly team-wide affairs, but when Kyle Quincey finishes at -3, Brendan Smith finishes at -2 and Daniel Cleary finishes at -2, you can kind of figure out who was screwing up.
Bad Brendan Smith pinch + Quincey playing the passer = easy goal for Kyle Okposo 10:57 into the 1st.
Five minutes later, Quincey and Smith let the Isles cycle the puck, Smith deflected Franz Nielsen's pass right to Michal Grabner, and Riley Sheahan and Daniel Alfredsson were soft on their coverage, and Petr Mrazek was stunned to see the puck go past him at 15:57...
Just under a minute later, Colin McDonald beats Brian Lashoff to an icing call, gives it to Matt Martin, Quincey chooses to go behind the net, Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves stand and stare and Casey Cizikas taps Martin's pass past Mrazek at 16:55...
And while the Wings out-shot the Islanders 11-2 and had the better of the scoring chances in a third period in which they were out-shot 10-6, the team lost Jonathan Ericsson's services and looked frantic and frayed until some forty-five minutes into the game, when they strung together 10 good minutes, blew a power play and faded away.
This is a game the Wings should have and could have won had they displayed any sort of levels of intensity, energy, focus, determination, competition and attention to detail, but instead, they half-assed it, and they earned the result.
Shots 23-19 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 7-6 in the 1st, the Wings out-shot the Islanders 11-2 in the 2nd, and Detroit was out-shot 10-6 in the 3rd.
Special teams: Both teams went 0-for-1 in 2:00 of PP time.
Goaltending: Petr Mrazek stopped 16 of 19 shots for Detroit; Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 of 23 shots for the Islanders.
The 3 stars were picked by Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus, and he picked Kyle Okposo, John Tavares and Evgeni Nabokov.
The Red Wings' goals: The Wings were shut out.
Faceoffs 26-20 Detroit (Detroit won 57%);
Blocked shots 11-9 Islanders;
Missed shots 13-5 Detroit (total attempts 47-33 Detroit, with the Wings firing 23 shots ON net and another 24 wide/blocked);
Hits 30-18 Detroit;
Giveaways 7-3 Islanders;
Takeaways 7-6 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Andersson went 10-and-6 (63%); Datsyuk went 9-and-6 (60%); Sheahan went 5-and-6 (45%); Glendening went 2-and-2 (50%).
Shots: Miller led the team with 4 shots; Datsyuk and Tatar had 3; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Lashoff and Quincey had 2; Eaves, Andersson, Jurco, Glendening and Cleary had 1.
Blocked attempts: Eaves and DeKeyser had 2 attempts blocked by Islanders players; Smith, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Andersson, Lashoff, Quincey and Glendening had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Andersson, Jurco and Bertuzzi missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Sheahan, Eaves, Quincey, DeKeyser and Cleary missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Miller led the team with 5 hits; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Eaves and Bertuzzi had 3; Sheahan, Tatar, Ericsson and DeKeyser had 2; Smith, Quincey, Glendening, Kronwall and Cleary had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Andersson, Ericsson and Kronwall had giveaways.
Takeaways: Quincey supposedly had 3 takeaways; Smith, Tatar, Jurco and Kronwall had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Smith and Sheahan blocked 2 shots; Datsyuk, Andersson, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Bertuzzi took a minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The team finished at -15. Quincey was -3; Smith and Cleary were -2; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Sheahan, Eaves, Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening and Bertuzzi finished at -1.
Points: No one scored.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 25:44 played; Quincey played 25:41; Datsyuk played 21:10;
DeKeyser played 19:29; Lashoff played 19:17; Smith played 18:45;
Bertuzzi played 18:10; Jurco played 17:28; Tatar played 17:08;
Alfredsson played 16:55; Sheahan played 14:35; Nyquist played 14:30;
Miller played 12:45; Glendening played 11:54; Cleary played 11:24;
Andersson played 13:00; Eaves played 10:41; Ericsson played 9:24.
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