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Updated 2x w/ stats and highlights at 3:58 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings was anything but a thing of beauty, at least if you're not a fan of watching Jimmy Howard getting peppered with 47 shots...

But the Red Wings managed to find a way to earn two points while playing their 4th game in 6 "nights," their 3rd game in 4 "nights" and their second game over the course of less than 24 hours because their goalie stood on their head, and, somewhat ironically, the Wings ended up "stealing" a point from the Kings.

In doing so, the Wings displayed the ability to win in three different ways--the team out-ground the Blues to earn a blue-collar win on Thursday, the Wings out-skilled as well as out-willed the Oilers on Saturday, and today, and on Sunday, they rope-a-doped their way through a game in which no one had much energy save the goaltender who got Thursday evening off.

The Red Wings did score the all-important first goal, with Pavel Datsyuk roofing the puck over Jonathan Quick in nothing less than an elegant execution of fine passes by Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, all while on the power play, only 5:44 in. The Wings added to the mix when Damien Brunner stopped trying to pass and simply rifled a hard, high shot past Quick late in the first period...

But Anze Kopitar scored a goal that Howard had no chance on because a bunched-up Wings defense couldn't cover the rebound and Kopitar had a wide-open net to fire the puck into with 41 seconds left in the 1st.

During the second period, in which the Wings were out-shot 23-9, and they played as well as the shot clock indicated, giving up the puck in all three zones, losing faceoffs (Wings went 27-and-37), one-on-one puck battles, turning the puck over (the Wings had 14 giveaways) and just allowing the Kings' size, strength and speed to back them literally into their goaltender, but Howard was just amazing, stopping shot after shot and first, second, third and sometimes fourth chances.

The third period mostly involved the Wings trying to kill the clock, and after building a 5-1 shot lead, the Wings did their best to simply kill time with their first two power plays since the first period, and that decision came back to bite them in the ass. Alec Martinez was able to sneak in from the point and, again, hammer home a goal that Howard had no chance on with all of 53 seconds left in the game...

But Howard earned the Wings a win, not an OT win or an OT loss or a shootout loss, and somehow, karma came through in the end. Pavel Datsyuk lost a faceoff, but the Kings turned the puck over to Danny Cleary and Valtteri Filppula, the pair managed to shuffle and toss it back to Jonathan Ericsson, and with Filppula and Cleary heading to the front of the net, Ericsson ripped a hard, low slap shot that flew through traffic and trickled between Jonathan Quick's legs. All with 5 seconds left in regulation.

The Wings ended up "stealing" the Kings' point, and the team gave Howard enough run support to repay a goaltender who made 46 saves and essentially won the game himself.

The Wings can out-grind teams, they can out-skill them, and they can out-rope-a-dope them thanks to spectacular goaltending when necessary.

Somehow, the final part of the equation is incredibly appropriate, incredibly timely and also a huge relief given that the Wings hadn't won a back-to-back game during their first two of twelve back-to-back slates, but in the third, Howard proved that he could carry the day when required to do so.

It wasn't pretty. It wasn't particularly good hockey and many Wings had rough nights, save perhaps excellent work by Drew Miller, Jordin Tootoo, Cory Emmerton, Joakim Andersson and Justin Abdelkader on the third and fourth lines...

But the Wings won. And that's all that matters.

Statistics:

The Wings were out-shot 47-31 overall. The Kings out-shot Detroit 15-11 in the 1st period and 23-9 in the 2nd, but out-shot LA 11-9 in the 3rd period.

The Wings went 1-for-4 in 6:33 of PP time; the Kings went 0-for-3 in 5:33 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 45 of 47 shots; Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 31.

The 3 stars were picked by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, and he went with Alec Martinez (3), Henrik Zetterberg (2) and Jimmy Howard (1).

The Wings' goals: Datsyuk (5) from Zetterberg (12) and Kronwall (9), PPG;

Brunner (6) from Zetterberg 913) and White (1);

And the game-winner is listed as Ericsson (2), unassisted, but Filppula and either Datsyuk or Cleary should have assists.

Faceoffs 37-27 Los Angeles (Detroit won 42%);

Blocked shots 9-7 Detroit;

Missed shots 12-6 Los Angeles (total attempts 68-42 Los Angeles);

Hits 25-24 Los Angeles;

Giveaways 14-6 Detroit;

Takeaways 6-2 Detroit.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 10-and-14 (42%); Datsyuk went 3-and-12 (20%); Andersson went 7-and-3 (70%); Emmerton went 3-and-6 (33%); Abdelkader went 3-and-1 (75%); Cleary went 1-and-1 (50%);

Shots: Datsyuk led the team with 6 shots; Miller had 4; Kindl, Brunner and Filppula had 3; Cleary, Tatar and Zetterberg had 2; Abdelkader, White, Lashoff, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Quincey fired 2 shots into Kings players; Kindl, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, White and Andersson had single attempts blocked.

Missed shots: Franzen missed the net 2 times; White, Tatar, Lashoff and Brunner missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Kindl led the team with 5 hits; Cleary and Ericsson had 3; Abdelkader, Miller, Tootoo and Kronwall had 2; Datsyuk, White, Tatar, Lashoff and Zetterberg had 1.

Giveaways: Andersson had 3 giveaways; Zetterberg, Filppula, Ericsson and Howard had 2 Cleary, White and Lashoff had 1.

Takeaways: Datsyuk and Brunner had 2 takeaways; Miller and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Cleary and White blocked 2 shots; Kindl, Datsyuk, Lashoff, Andersson and Franzen blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Cleary, Datsyuk and Kronwall took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective zero. Abdelkader, Miller, Lashoff, Quincey, Kronwall and Andersson finished at -1; White, Brunner, Zetterberg and Franzen finished at +1; Ericsson finished at +2.

Points: Zetterberg had 2 assists; Datsyuk and Ericsson had goals; White and Kronwall had assists.

Ice time: White led the team with 21:31 played; Kronwall played 21:28; Zetterberg played 20:53;

Lashoff played 20:41; Ericsson played 20:11; Datsyuk played 19:11;

Franzen played 18:38; Filppula played 18:16; Cleary played 17:44;

Kindl played 17:30; Brunner played 15:52; Quincey played 15:42;

Abdelkader played 14:12; Miller played 12:29; Tatar played 11:42;

Andersson played 10:58; Emmerton played 9:00; Tootoo played 8:02.

Update: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, the Windsor Star, MLive and USA Today's Kevin Allen penned recaps;

And here's a slate of highlights from the Wings' website, narrated by NBC Sports' announcers:

 

Here's Datsyuk's 1-0 goal...

Here's Brunner's goal...

And here's Ericsson's gamer:

 

Update #2: NBC Sports' James O'Brien believes that the following "talking points" merit discussion:

  • Jimmy Howard rarely receives many plaudits, yet he’s been putting up strong numbers recently. Is it time to really start considering him an elite goalie?
  • Speaking of elite goalies, Jonathan Quick had a mostly solid afternoon but still let precious standings points slip away. Can he get it together this season?
  • On that note, the unavoidable: will the Kings be able to pull another rabbit out of a hat and make a late postseason run again? They’re tied for the least points in the West with eight points and are five points behind the Dallas Stars (13) and St. Louis Blues (13) for one of the two last playoff spots.
  • Detroit’s now in fifth place, extending its winning streak to three games. Should the Red Wings be considered a contender as usual?
  • While Pavel Datsyuk dazzled as always, Henrik Zetterberg was the game’s second star with two assists and strong overall play. Do we forget about the Red Wings captain too easily when discussing all-world players?

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Bugsy's avatar

I don’t think you’ve posted the link to the Craig Custance article from today, so I’ll quote a snippet now to summarize:
http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/blog/_/name/custance_craig/id/8933589/nhl-edmonton-oilers-detroit-red-wings-survive-injuries

“The exodus of talented defensemen Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart has been well-documented, but since losing in the Stanley Cup finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, the Red Wings have also lost forwards Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Hudler and Marian Hossa. Start adding it up and it makes that puck-possession style they dominated with at times a little tougher to maintain.

There will likely be more line mixing and defensive pair jumbling in Detroit this season than there has been in a decade.

“Yeah, but that doesn’t mean we can’t win,” said coach Mike Babcock when we chatted before Saturday’s win. “We have to get our head around how we gotta win. They taste and smell the same at the end of the game. It doesn’t look the same, it might not feel the same, but at the end when you’re walking out, it’s the same. So let’s embrace it.”

The past two games especially, the Red Wings have seemed to embrace it. It’s a sign that this year’s team is willing to grind out wins in ways Detroit teams in the past didn’t have to, making them the most blue-collar Red Wings team in recent memory.”

Do whatever it takes to win, grab all the points you can while you’re home right now, and then gird yourself up for the long road trips upcoming.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/10/13 at 04:28 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Did miss Custance. And you’ve gotta win any way you can win.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/10/13 at 05:02 PM ET

calquake's avatar

George, when is someone going to call out Olzdick aboot his “subtle interference” reference every time he does a Wing game.  Eddie, leave the horse alone, it’s already dead.

Posted by calquake on 02/10/13 at 05:25 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Ericsson has just been a beast and I only noticed it once Smith went down but he’s been quietly good all year.  He’s winning all his 1-on-1’s with authority, he’s using his size, just been incredible.

Not too bad for Mr. Irrelevant.

Definitely stole one today but in classic Wing fashion they didn’t stop til the buzzer and found a way.  That’s character building right there.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 05:28 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

On Twitter, I suggested that Olczyk be renamed “Subtle Interference” from here on out. His anti-Wings bias was so bad today that the objective media types were complaining about it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/10/13 at 05:30 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

On Twitter, I suggested that Olczyk be renamed “Subtle Interference” from here on out. His anti-Wings bias was so bad today that the objective media types were complaining about it.

According to Edzo the Clown, the game-winning goal apparently went in because it hit a patch of ice. Imagine that. A puck. Hitting a patch of ice. In an ice hockey game no less. Fuching genius!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/10/13 at 05:39 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Shouldn’t Jimmy have 45 saves?  They did get 2 goals or am I missing something.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/10/13 at 05:42 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I saw a picture some where of Jimmeh and under his picture it said he had 45 shots. Impressive.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/10/13 at 05:53 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Pav’s goal was prety. Is this the thrid goal Bruuuuuuuner has had from that exact same spot?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/10/13 at 06:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I watched the replays on E52’s GWG and I did NOT see anything on the puck’s flight to the net that it hit a g-ddamn patch of ice.  And the “Subtle Interference” reference?  Has he seen his Cawks?  Puh-leeze…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/10/13 at 06:24 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Cory Emmerton isn’t hurt is he?  I had to go out after the first period and taped the rest of the game.  I was fast forwarding through commercials and commentary in the second and third periods and suddenly noticed that Andersson was in there…

Geez, what terrific effort by the Wings in the past two games.  Pee-Air was praising Babcock’s coaching.  I’ve heard Babcock say “compete, compete, compete,” a lot this past week.  Sounds like that has sunk in.  So proud of the Wings this weekend!

And Jimmah.  Well.  As I said in the LB, he’s my new god.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/10/13 at 06:44 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I saw Emmerton take a pretty good check early on but I thought I saw him play the rest of the game.  maybe I didn’t.  I know this wasn’t his best game today but until today he’s been one of our best bottom 6 guys.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 06:57 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

He was out there.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/10/13 at 07:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

“Subtle Interference”

Well played, George.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/10/13 at 07:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh good.  I was hoping he was OK.  Saw Andersson late in the 4th period.  Actually first noticed when I heard Doc mention him.

Emmerton has been surprisingly good this year.  So hoping he’s OK.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/10/13 at 07:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

SYF - you’re right.  That puck just slid through the five hole.  There was nothing more to it than that.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/10/13 at 07:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

According to Edzo the Clown, the game-winning goal apparently went in because it hit a patch of ice. Imagine that. A puck. Hitting a patch of ice. In an ice hockey game no less. Fuching genius!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/10/13 at 04:39 PM ET

I giggled like a cosplay Japanese schoolgirl.  Right you are, West.  It’s a 200’ x 85’ “patch of ice.”

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/10/13 at 07:30 PM ET

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Jeez, Quincy didn’t get much ice time.  Not that he deserves it, but he’s heading toward being a scratch when Colo gets back.  Only noticed one brainfart from Kindl, otherwise good game for defense and in goal.

Posted by maltby18 on 02/10/13 at 07:42 PM ET

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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 04:28 PM ET

I actually wrote a similar post as this one after yesterday’s game. I think Ericsson has perhaps been our best overall D-Man lately. Not only is he playing mistake free (which I think we all would just be happy enough with), but he’s playing BIG and STRONG, just dominating on the PK in front of our own net. He’s playing smothering defense and making great first passes out of the zone. And as I pointed out yesterday, he also has some sick moves in his bag of tricks from his days as a forward that catches people off guard. There have been several occasions where he is in trouble in the defensive zone and actually relieves the pressure himself by making an incredible toe drag or something. I’ve been really impressed with his play all and all. If he can build on this and continue to get better, his contract really might actually end up being a bargain.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/10/13 at 08:37 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

There have been several occasions where he is in trouble in the defensive zone and actually relieves the pressure himself by making an incredible toe drag or something

I know exactly what you’re talking about.  That’s very Lidstrom of him in the way he’s been able to take the puck up ice himself if there’s no safe pass.  And his pass selections have been GREAT.  Makes the easiest move, the simple safe move, can still spring F’s but he’s only taking what he’s given.

Can’t say enough good things about how he’s stepped up.  Kronwall still makes me nervous defensively on the ice.  Ericsson doesn’t do that to me anymore.

One aspect I really like is that he’s started claiming his territory around the net, even after the whistle.  LOVE that.  He’s making it hard to play against him and making F’s pay the price.  Easily the biggest and most pleasant surprise this season.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 08:48 PM ET

perfection's avatar

I agree totally, though I wasn’t quite as surprised. In fairness to Big Rig, I thought he really stepped up his game towards the end of last season as well and played much more like how he’s playing now rather than the way we saw him play the beginning of last year.

I thought Kindl was decent again too… in any case, he’s earned a roster spot in my book. I think he’s been consistently as good or better than Quincey and brings way more to the table than Huskins. I hope he can keep building some confidence.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/10/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Am I the only one that thought that Doughty led with his elbow into Pavel’s head on that check in front of Quick in the first period?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/10/13 at 09:46 PM ET

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Posted by Figaro on 02/10/13 at 08:46 PM ET

yup.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/10/13 at 08:07 PM ET

Big E def stepped up at the end of last year but nowhere near the level he’s showing now.  Kindl has definitely been working his ass off.  A lot of Q’s shitty plays are because he doesn’t attempt it with authority, he half-assedly does it and gets a half-assed result.  Doesn’t hustle or battle, like he’s too cool or something.  If you’re gonna have a chip on your shoulder better let the world know, not fade into the background.  Kindl needs ice-time regularly to find a swing and I think he’s done a good job for his situation.  He’s definitely being more physical, still feel like he’s trying to make the pass that isn’t there a lot of the time, trying too hard but shit, the guy’s battling for a spot and wants to hit a homer, can’t blame him.  I was excited about him when he was with the Griffs and after he put on 20lbs 2 summers ago.  Jury’s out but I’m liking what I’m seeing. 

Q needs to look at E and get over himself and start thinking team instead of Quincey.  You can see it in his play on the ice.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 10:15 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Q is playing as though someone is going to bail him out if he makes a bad judgemental decision. He sometimes appears to do something where if he is wrong in his defense,( eg to take the man or go for the puck) He beats himself up and it severly affects his play quite noticeably. Maybe TPH can school him and the other D-men when he is in town later this week.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/10/13 at 10:36 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Edited the Howard save stat. Sorry about that.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/10/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Crater's avatar

like he’s too cool or something.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 09:15 PM ET

What gave him that idea?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 02/11/13 at 12:33 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Hudler and Marian Hossa.

You know, if Hudler had centered a line like that, it might have been an excellent 2nd line for the Wings.  And wasn’t Hudler originally a center?

Posted by calquake on 02/11/13 at 01:21 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Am I the only one that thought that Doughty led with his elbow into Pavel’s head on that check in front of Quick in the first period?

A couple of observations on this.  Regardless of whether you believe Doughty led with his elbow, that was exactly the kind of hit that makes a lesser player shrivel up and disappear for the rest of the game.  But Pavel not only shakes it off and plays on without missing a beat, but comes right back and scores the first goal of the game from the exact same “patch of ice” (lovin’ the hell out of that phrase lemme tell ya) where Doughty smoked him two minutes earlier.

Don’t underestimate that.  For all the talk of his obscene skill set, Pavel Datsyuk is also one tough-minded sumbitch.  Dude combines the guts of a thief with the wizardry of a magician.  In my opinion he’s never gotten his due credit for being one of the toughest, hardest working players to ever play the game.  When you saw him go to the bench without his helmet after the Doughty hit, far from looking like a guy who had just been lit up and possibly even intimidated, he actually appeared to have a little twinkle in his eye.  You kinda got the feeling right then that it was game on, and that he was about to make LA pay.


Re: Kindl and Ericsson.  As maddeningly up and down as he has been over the past couple seasons, I think we can all remember the promise Jonny showed early on as a Red Wing.  Well, he’s finally starting to resemble the player most of us thought he would be, which only points out just how hard it is to evaluate young defensemen.

Which brings us to Kindl.  In the relatively short time I’ve watched him play, my impression of Kindl has been that the biggest hole in his game seems to be be confidence.  In terms of physical tools, he has never looked out of place to me, but the lack of confidence and the indecision and hesitation that comes with it have really made him look like a deer in headlights at times.  It seems like the few times when he has actually been able to play a stretch of consecutive games, he shows signs of being the player who was drafted #19 overall back in 2005.  I really think there might well still be quite a bit of upside to Kindl that we haven’t seen yet.

Given the patience the organization is known for and the notoriously steep learning curve of NHL defensemen, I’m inclined to believe that talk of showcasing Kindl for a trade is probably way off the mark.  If anything, I think KH and co. are far more likely to give him an extended “sink or swim” audition to finally become the top-four defenseman they’ve always thought he could be.  And if it all pans out, a young core of Smith, Ericsson, Kindl and Lashoff on the blue-line may just turn out to be a far better thing than any of us ever dared to imagine a few weeks ago.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/11/13 at 01:49 AM ET

perfection's avatar

re. the Doughty hit, not only was it clean, but it was a fantastic piece of defense against one of the shiftiest players on the planet. Pavel showed on the very next shift what happens if you DON’T take the body. The fact that Doughty caught Pav from behind at that speed and managed to lay that hit onto his shoulder from the side simply shows how quick, decisive and strong Doughty is. And as you pointed out WestWing, Pav did seem to have a gleam in his eye after the hit… I think he was even smiling a bit. He clearly thought it was clean and true to Datsyukian form, responded surgically and precisely. I give Doughty credit on the play but he did sort of wake a sleeping giant… sort of, Pav played off his ass the game before too so he was kind of already awake anyway. He just got fired up. I love fired up Pav. THAT dude beat up Corey Perry!!

WestWing, while your Ericsson/Kindl assessments are definitely optimistic, I think Holland is pretty much right in line with you regarding seeing the upsides of these guys. I totally agree Kindl lacks confidence more than anything else and really believe the team needs to see what they have with him by letting him play consistently before they consider cutting ties. A homegrown first rounder with Kindl’s potential calls for as much. Who knows if he’ll continue getting better, but he’s at least played as good or better than the next man in for the last few games (and the few games before his last couple healthy scratches). Once Colaiacovo returns there should be an interesting battle between he, Kindl, and Quincey for the final two spots. I feel like Quincey’s contract somehow gives him first crack and the benefit of the doubt, but I honestly feel like Kindl’s been stronger. But I agree, he definitely still has the deer in headlights thing occasionally, but that should hopefully lessen more and more with ice time.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/11/13 at 03:04 AM ET

Crater's avatar

And if it all pans out, a young core of Smith, Ericsson, Kindl and Lashoff on the blue-line may just turn out to be a far better thing than any of us ever dared to imagine a few weeks ago.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/11/13 at 12:49 AM ET

Not to mention white isn’t exactly old, though it would still be nice to get a #1/2 defensemen with “star” status.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 02/11/13 at 03:34 PM ET

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