The Malik Report
by George Malik on 11/04/13 at 11:54 PM ET
I'm angry. The Red Wings had to come into this game knowing that they were tired--4 games in 6 nights, their second slate of 3 in 4--and they had to come into this game knowing that the Jets were going to be furious coming off a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Instead of attacking the puck, however, Jordin Tootoo and Chris Thorburn engaged in what was nothing less than the epitome of a staged fight, and the Wings' brains went out the window. With Adam Almquist over his head physically and the team's defense very visibly tired, and Kyle Quincey as error-prone as usual, the Wings' players somehow decided that they would chase the puck all night long, and they absolutely left their goaltender out to dry as a result.
The Jets earned their 4-2 victory, but it is an utter shame that the skaters in front of Jimmy Howard couldn't give a goaltender who stopped 42 shots some *#$%@& run support.
The turnover bakery at center ice reopened. The Wings couldn't deal with what was truly and honestly horrific ice given that the MTS Centre should have an at least passable surface for players to play on. The forwards missed their checks on the game-deciding goals, and the Wings were utterly mercilessly attacked...
And over-penalized for utterly stupid shit, just dumb stuff that the Jets got away with all night long. Winnipeg could hook and hold and slash and grab all they damn wanted, but they took all of 2 penalties to six against Detroit (including a bench minor), and what little gas the Wings had was burned killing those penalties.
The Wings were out-shot 14-9 in the 1st, finding themselves trading rushes where a 3-on-4 would result in rebounds of what are surprisingly fast side boards near the bluelines, yielding 3-on-2's or 2-on-1's the other way thanks to dumb pinches, forwards cheating or the Wings plain old getting out-skated, out-hustled, out-worked and out-detailed, and outsmarted, which is something you rarely see any team do to the Wings.
Dumb may have summarized how the Wings played more than anything else, and I really wonder whether winning so easily in Edmonton allowed the Wings to underestimate the tenacity with which the Jets were going to play.
As such, yes, the Wings end up with six of eight on the road, and 9-5-and-2 is not a terrible record with home games against Dallas on Thursday, Tampa on Saturday, the Jets again next Tuesday and the Capitals next Friday...
But this loss stings, and it should.
The first goal came thanks to a poor pinch and fall by Kyle Quincey, yielding a Brian Little breakaway that Howard could not stop despite stopping 13 other 1st period shots, yielding the following with exactly 1 minute left in the 1st:
The Red Wings did rally in the second period--and what they did to rally should've stood the test of Howard's netminding.
Seven minutes into the second, Pavel Datsyuk shoveled a Jets dump-in up to Henrik Zetterberg, he roared up the left wing, and with Todd Bertuzzi going to the net, Z shoveled the puck on net. It went off Grant Clitsome's skate and in at 7:09...
And this should've been enough. With the Wings shorthanded, Stephen Weiss, who had a helluva game, won a faceoff to Niklas Kronwall, he passed the puck to Danny DeKeyser, and DeKeyser scored his first goal, a shorty, with 9:55 left in the 2nd:
But the Wings let the Jets out-skate them, and they continued to both turn the puck over in the neutral zone and--worse--CHEAT offensively, yielding an inordinate number of 3-on-2's against.
Michal Frolik tied things at 2 with 2:56 left in the 2nd, thanks to a Darren Helm turnover, Kyle Quincey more or less standing around as Mark Scheifele shoveled him the puck, beating a sliding Howard to the right post...
And it got worse in the 3rd. Brian Lashoff went for a check down low instead of the puck, Adam Almquist got crossed up and Joakim Andersson missed his check, and as such, Howard had no chance here, with the Jets going ahead for good at 4:27:
Six minutes later, Andrew Ladd put the game away. Again, a Wings player goes for a check--this time Tomas Tatar--off a Jakub Kindl turnover, and Almquist finds himself searching for a rebound and instead screeing Howard as Ladd jammed the puck past him at 10:57:
When a goalie stops 43 shots, his team should ensure that he wins the game. Instead, the Wings gave up 47 shots to 28, when they did get a late power play, they did nothing with it, and what I can only call the most immature fans north of Nashville booed Howard, booed Datsyuk and booed Alfredsson along the way to a win that was perhaps as inevitable for them as the loss was for Detroit.
The Wings were out-skated, out-hustled, out-worked and worst, out-smarted. I don't care about the 3-in-4-4-in-6 spiel, nor the fact that the Jets were coming off a devastating home loss while the Wings were coming off an "easy win," nor do I care whether this was "coming." This loss is still inexcusable.
Shots 47-28 Winnipeg overall. Winnipeg out-shot Detroit 14-9 in the 1st, 17-10 in the 2nd and 16-9 in the 3rd.
The Jets went 0-for-6 in 10:27 of PP time; the Wings went 0-for-3 in 4:27.
Jimmy Howard stopped 43 of 47 shots; Al Montoya stopped 26 of 28.
The 3 stars were picked by the Jets, and they picked Bryan Little, Michal Frolik and Mark Scheifele.
The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (8) from Datsyuk (10) and Quincey (3);
DeKeyser (1) from Kronwall (9) and Weiss (1) shorthanded.
Faceoffs 36-29 Winnipeg (Detroit won 45%);
Blocked shots 21-13 Detroit;
Missed shots 9-8 Detroit (total attempts a stunning 76-50 Winnipeg, with the Wings firing 28 shots on Montoya and another 22 wide/blocked);
Hits 22-18 Winnipeg;
Giveaways 14-11 Winnipeg;
Takeaways 13-3 Winnipeg.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went a disturbing 6-and-13 (32%); Weiss went 9-and-9 (50%); Andersson went 8-and-8 (50%); Helm went 5-and-5 (50%); Zetterberg won his only draw; Abdelkader lost his only draw.
Shots: Datsyuk led the Wings with 5 shots; Kindl, Tatar, Zetterberg and Weiss had 3; Abdelkader and Alfredsson had 2; Miller, Tootoo, Lashoff, Helm, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Quincey fired 3 shots into Jets players; Alfredsson and Helm had 2 attempts blocked; Kindl, Lashoff, Zetterberg, Almquist, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Datsyuk missed the net 2 times; Kindl, Andersson, Tatar, Tootoo, Zetterberg, Cleary and Weiss missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4 hits; Helm had 3; Alfredsson and Tootoo had 2; Datsyuk, Tatar, Lashoff, Quincey, Bertuzzi, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1.
Giveaways: Quincey had 3 giveaways; Kindl and Datsyuk had 2; Alfredsson, Lashoff, DeKeyser and Howard had 1.
Takeaways: Andersson, Miller and Lashoff had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Lashoff blocked 4 shots; Quincey and DeKeyser blocked 3; Datsyuk, Miller and Kronwall blocked 2; Kindl, Andersson, Tatar, Bertuzzi and Weiss blocked 1.
Penalty minutes: Kindl, Datsyuk, Lashoff, Kronwall and DeKeyser were tagged for minor penalties, and the bench took a minor for too many men; Tootoo took a major.
Plus-minus: the Wings finished at -11. Kindl was -3; Andersson, Tatar and Almquist were -2; Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Miller, Tootoo, Lashoff, Quincey, Helm and Cleary were -1; Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi were +1; Kronwall somehow finished at +2.
Points: Zetterberg and DeKeyser scored goals; Datsyuk, Quincey, Kronwall and Weiss had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:33 played; DeKeyser played 22:17; Quincey played 21:31;
Kindl played 20:06; Datsyuk played 18:56; Zetterberg played 18:39;
Weiss played 17:05; Cleary played 16:26; Andersson played 16:24;
Alfredsson played 16:18; Almquist played 15:51; Bertuzzi played 15:31;
Lashoff played 15:30; Tatar played 13:17; Miller played 13:02;
Abdelkader played 12:01; Helm played 7:46; Tootoo played 5:38.
Update: In the Twitter department:
Via RedWingsFeed, here's a full slate of game highlights:
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