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Red Wings-Kings quick take: deserve ain’t got nothin’ to do with it

I said after the last game that I didn't know how ot describe what transpired between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, but by damn luck, the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles...

Was utterly bizarre.

After a scoreles and grab-y and grope-y first period, the Kings scored the game's first goal, surrendered the game-tying goal 41 seconds later, and were stupid enough to do this...

And this...

As noted by the Sporting News's Tom Galo...

And after Niklas Kronwall took a stupid penalty late in the third period, yielding Jeff Carter's 2-1 goal, Kronwall got some help from Dan O'Frickin Halloran and the fact that goals scored off the netting aren't reviewable to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining...

(the Sporting News's Sean Gentile has some good angles of the play, too)


And yes, yes indeed, the Wings carried the shootout, with Tomas Tatar scoring, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Jurco whiffing, Howard stopping Anze Kopitar's 5-hole jam, Jeff Carter whiffing and Howard stopping Mike Richards when necessary.

Did the Wings "deserve" to win this game? *#$%@& if I know, but they won it, and the Kings may have ensured that it would end this way because they woke a team of plucky youngsters and cagey vets that had been sleepwalking their way through a stretch of severely undermanned games, wondering whether they could finally get it together once some of their legions of injured players return...

And instead, because the Kings got in the Wings' faces, this team decided to do its best to win--and got some necessary help along the way to what may be a season-changing 2 points when we look back at this game two months from now.

Zetterberg tying the game wasn't nearly as monumental, but he sure helped pop the roof off the Joe...

Quick stats:

Shots 35-32 Detroit overall. Detroit and LA were tied 8-8 in shots in the 1st, LA out-shot Detroit 16-9 in the 2nd and the Wings out-shot LA 13-8 in the 3rd and 5-0 in OT.

Special teams: the Kings went 2-for-4 in 5:17 of PP time and the Wings went 1-for-3 in 4:53 of PP time.

Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 32; Jonathan Quick stopped 33 of 35.

The 3 stars were picked by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and he picked Jimmy Howard, Slava Voynov and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (15) from Nyquist (6) and Smith (10) at 9:47 of the 2nd;

Kronwall (5) from Zetterberg 923) and Eaves (1) at 19:33 of the 3rd, PPG.

Faceoffs 45-23 Detroit (Detroit won 66%);

Blocked shots 17-12 LA;

Missed shots 15-7 Detroit (total attempts 67-51 Detroit, with Detroit firing 35 shots on net and 32 wide/blocked);

Hits 37-32 LA;

Giveaways 4-3 Detroit;

Takeaways 5-4 LA.



Update #2: Via RedWingsFeed, here's the shootout...

Update #2: Awww:

The Board of Governors and the GM's insist that incidental contact no-goals, in-the-crease calls, intent to blow calls and off-the-netting stuff should all remain non-reviewable because it will "slow down the game." It's bound to happen this way.


That's what you want for a team that's got the Blues and Blackhawks to tangle with--probably with its roster as-is--on Monday and Wednesday. A team fired up, physical and emotional instead of worrying about what it's going to look like when it finally gets Datsyuk and Franzen and Alfredsson back.



Where I come from, we call these "lies":

Update: From the NHL:

At 19:33 of the third period in the Kings/Red Wings game, the puck crossed the Los Angeles goal line and, following a discussion between the four on-ice officials, the referees awarded a goal to Detroit. Video of the play appears to show the puck hitting the protective mesh above the glass before deflecting off goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net. While the Situation Room examined the video, this is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands.

Update # whatever: Via RedWingsFeed, Tomas Tatar spoke to the NHL Network after the game...

And the Wings posted clips of Jimmy Howard...


And Mike Babcock speaking with the media:

One last update: The Windsor Star's Duff posted a clip of Niklas Kronwall speaking with the media as well as some quips from the Kings:

“That’s embarrassing for the league,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. “It doesn’t matter if we would’ve scored it or they scored it. That’s embarrassing.

“They could see the puck when (Los Angeles forward) Dwight King covered it with his hand (for the third period penalty that led to Kronwall’s goal), but they couldn’t see it when it went over the barn and came back in.”

Sutter declined to speculate on whether the missed call would lead to a rule change allowing such plays to be reviewed.

“You’d have to talk to one of them stewards of the game,” Sutter said.

I will say this: Wyshynski's angry missive about the incident is amusing.

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Alan's avatar

It doesn’t matter if it was deserved, a fluke, embarrassing, or what. A win is a win, and two points were sorely needed. I don’t expect us to win them all (nor should anyone, really, with all the boys that are out), but if we play the rest like we played tonight, I will be happy. I will be happier if we win, but happy nonetheless.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/19/14 at 12:00 AM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

I’ll say it for ya George ... YES they deserved a break like that !!!  after all the times they’ve been screwed over the years by officiating and their overall effort the last few games, they did deserve it.
was worried it was gonna be the talk of the league but I think Vancouver and Calgary took care of that haha

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 01/19/14 at 12:06 AM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

I do have to say the Kings handled it well ...very classy on their part

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 01/19/14 at 12:08 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I’m really happy to see Howard getting fired up and making a lot of saves.  The team has missed this from him so far this season.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/19/14 at 12:53 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I really believe that this game could serve as the foundation for a successful playoff run, doofy call included. The Wings were finally challenged to the point that they had to respond physically and *emotionally,* and while the Kings’ physical bullshit to me is just that—bullshit—sometimes you need this kind of stuff to happen to galvanize a team, and this is the kind of stuff that the Tatars, Jurcos, Sheahans, Glendenings, DeKeysers, etc. need to feel like they’re part of the team and that they belong.

You build identity any way you can, and in this case, you take your breaks and run with ‘em.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/19/14 at 12:58 AM ET


What a great hockey night!

Posted by SlimChance on 01/19/14 at 01:51 AM ET


Can someone GIF the puck bouncing off quick?

Posted by SlimChance on 01/19/14 at 01:51 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Fun game.  And let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth, we got 2 points (somehow).  Now, start icing your groins and start watching tape on St. Louis!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/14 at 01:53 AM ET


Can’t help all the injuries. The kids are getting a chance and the effort is there most of the time. We know, from last year, how valuable this is. A guy like Murzak would have helped. Wish there was a way they could have kept him.

I think the olympics will hurt this team more than all the injuries.

Just make the playoffs. It’s our turn to ride the hot goalie grin

Posted by leftwing on 01/19/14 at 04:30 AM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

The team played tough and physical when needed.  I hope this carries on.  I fear that when (if) the roster gets healthy again they will regress back to old habits.  Sticks were in lanes, players were blocking shots, and racing back to help cover on D.  Those things need to continue regardless of who is on the ice.  Also thought Emer had a good game and Glendenning was getting fired up about them trying to push him around.  I agree George, sometimes physical games are needed to bring a team together.  This game when someone got messed with, another guy or two or three showed up to help.  Much unlike the game when Datsyuk was elbowed.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 01/19/14 at 12:02 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

they woke a team of plucky youngsters and cagey vets that had been sleepwalking their way through a stretch of severely undermanned games

there is no way their effort over the last handful of games can be classified as sleepwalking.  The results haven’t been there, but I’d never question there desire or effort.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/19/14 at 12:07 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I love the youngin’s.  They are quickly becoming the heart and soul of this team. 

And yes, the Wings absolutely darn tootin’ did deserve the break they got on that flukey goal.  That kind of stuff has been going against the Wings for years!  Good to finally see a little payback from the Hockey Gods.

And James Howard.  I don’t know if it was getting selected for Team USA or what.  But he has definitely gotten himself back into top form recently.  If he plays this coming week like he played last night, he will give the Wings a chance to win all these games.


Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 01/19/14 at 12:15 PM ET

DrD's avatar

Of course they deserved to win - look at the way they stood their ground against a big, talented and HEALTHY Kings team. George, I love you man, with that patch-worked motley crew of a lineup to go to to toe with one of the top teams in the league and refuse to be dominated physically, you think they didn’t deserve that win? Give your head a shake!

I don’t know about you guys, but based on what I saw, Sheahan was the best player on the ice - despite the lack of goals. I had no idea he could move like that - I thought he was just another big, north-south guy who could screen goalies and chip in the odd goal, but this guy has real power forward potential. I can see why they play him with Bert - they want him to be the kind of dominating forward Bertuzzi was in his youth - maybe not with those numbers, but the same style of player. Jurco looked good on that line too, hopefully Babs will keep them together for a bit longer and they can start converting some of those chances.

And Tatar - this kid is all heart. They’re just a different team when he’s in the lineup. Lastly, Jimmy was feisty and sharp - hopefully, he stays healthy and focused because that’s the Jimmy we need night in and night out.

Posted by DrD on 01/19/14 at 12:51 PM ET


Two things first:


I really believe that this game could serve as the foundation for a successful playoff run

Ugh.  Can people please stop wildly overreacting to every good or bad thing that happens to Detroit this year?

2)  I hate it when people blow movie quotes.  Especially fairly awesome ones.

Finally, these are the seasons that identify the Wings fans who like hockey and the ones who just like winning.  The hockey, as hockey, has been a lot of fun to watch the past month.  It’s been largely futile on the scoreboard, but the play itself has been fine and the crucible within which we’re seeing players grow or fail on an almost shift to shift basis has been a change from what’s played out on the ice in Detroit for most of the past 20+ years.

I’m actually starting to really enjoy this season.  Maybe, even, a bit more than last years.


Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/19/14 at 12:53 PM ET

igrover's avatar

I’m laughing at this goal because something similar happened in my Summer league game a few years ago.  Although our puck never went off the back netting and down into the goal it did go high enough into the air so that no one saw it until it hit our goalie on the back and dropped into the net.

Posted by igrover on 01/19/14 at 12:56 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Karma baby. Take the two points and move on.

Good to see ya back in the saddle G.  I hope all is well.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 01/19/14 at 01:00 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

I can see why they play him with Bert

I think Bertuzzi has looked better playing with young guys the past few games too. Maybe he’s not playing against as tough opponents as often but I think he’s also been skating better.

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/19/14 at 02:20 PM ET


I loved seeing Jimmy get feisty with the Kings and Quick. That has to do a lot for his confidence, that he stood his ground. I thought it was hilarious that Mickey pointed out that Quick has no idea who he is playing against and must have been really disoriented. Haha. I guess that is one benefit to having 8 top line guys out of commission. Do you think that the Olympics will help some of the guys have a chance to take a break and get healthy? Having said that, the Wings have 10 guys going to the Olympics, plus Jurco.

Posted by griffinsfan on 01/19/14 at 02:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

#RedWings Quincey: Jimmy started it & Quickie came in & answered him &  said if you’re going to push our guys, I’m going to push your guys.
7:46 PM - 18 Jan 2014

Even in post-game scrums, Q doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/19/14 at 02:58 PM ET

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