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by George Malik on 09/27/13 at 09:16 PM ET
Updated 3x with video and good news about Weiss and Babcock's presser and stats and stuff at 10:49 PM: There was a wee bit of bad news during the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it involved ye olde precautionary pull as opposed to anything major (hopefully, anyway)...
Update: From WXYT: Babcock to St. James: They hope Weiss's not hurt, they yanked him as soon as he was sore, they think he'll have a good start/be good teammate. So the emphasis on Weiss is "precautionary." That's good news.
Update #2: Good news again:
Otherwise, aside from blowing a pair of one-goal leads, the Red Wings' "A Team" slowly but surely got its act together, and when it earned the opportunity to put the nails to tomorrow night's opponent (7 PM, Hockey Night in Canada/NHL Network), the Red Wings' power play was lethal, scoring 3 straight goals in Detroit's 5-2 win over Toronto.
The script for the first 39 minutes of Friday night's game went as one would expect: Wings score goals, then surrender them. Joakim Andersson tipped a lovely little shot from Xavier Ouellet all of 5:18 in...
But the Wings let Nazem Kadri loose three minutes later, and it was tied in a hurry.
Things remained that way until the 6:23 mark of the second period, when Luke Glendening jammed home the rebound of a Kyle Quincey shot served up on a platter by Mikael Samuelsson...
But Quincey stood and let Nikolai Kulemin shoot through his legs after Pavel Datsyuk let him breeze around the back of the net, and the puck wiggled to Joffrey Lupul, who tied things up 37 seconds after the halfway mark.
Thankfully, when the Red Wings received a power play very late in the second period, Henrik Zetterberg put home an absolutely elegant passing play set up by Pavel Datsyuk and then Johan Franzen...
Nearly six minutes into the third period, Daniel Alfredsson whipped a hard slapper from the point past Bernier, set up by Zetterberg and Datsyuk...
And when Johan Franzen tipped a Niklas Kronwall shot and Alfredsson pass (that's 3 points for Alfredsson and 2 for Franzen and Datsyuk) with 7:33 left in the 3rd, well...
Aside from David Clarkson tempting Jonathan Ericsson into fighting him late in the game, that was that.
Howard was excellent, the Wings slowly but surely got onto the same page, and the Wings out-shot Toronto 19-6 in the 2nd and 10-5 in the 3rd, out-shooting Toronto 37-19 overall and going 3-for-4 on the PP with only 5:18 of PP time at their disposal--and Alfredsson's presence making a HUGE positive impact.
The Wings started very slowly, and the defenders got caught flat-footed at the blueline and around the front of the net too often for my liking, but the team's been so banged-up that it's hard to find cohesion all at once, and again, over the course of the game, the Wings looked like themselves, really for the first time this season--against an opponent not playing a rookie goalie, anyway.
We'll find out whether Weiss is good to go for Wednesday sooner than later, and the Wings will face an angry animal tomorrow night with a greener team slated to skate at the Air Canad Centre. I hope the Wings can stand up to the challenge and stand up to what will certainly be a grumpy bunch of Leafs--and fans.
Shots 37-19 Detroit overall. Detroit and Toronto tied 8-8 in shots in the 1st, but Deroit out-shot Toronto 19-6 in the 2nd and 10-5 in the 3rd.
Detroit went 3-for-4 in 5:18 of PP time; Toronto went 1-for-3 in 5:24 of PP time.
Jimmy Howard stopped 17 of 19 shots against; Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 of 37.
The 3 stars were picked by Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika, and he picked Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson.
The Wings' goals: Andersson (1) from Ouellet (1) and Bertuzzi (1);
Glendening (1) from Quincey (1) and Samuelsson (1);
Zetterberg (1) from Franzen (1) and Datsyuk (1), PPG;
Alfredsson (1) from Zetterberg (1) and Datsyuk (2), PPG;
Franzen (1) from Kronwall (1) and Alfredsson (1), PPG.
Faceoffs 36-27 Detroit (Detroit won 57%);
Blocked shots 10-7 Toronto;
Missed shots 8-5 Toronto (total attempts 52-34 Detroit);
Hits 24-15 Detroit;
Giveaways 7-0 Detroit;
Takeaways 7-2 Toronto.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 15-and-4 (79%); Andersson went 8-and-10 (44%); Glendening went 5-and-7 (42%); Weiss went 6-and-3 (67%); Franzen went 0-and-2 (0%); Bertuzzi went 1-and-1 (50%); Zetterberg went 1-and-0 (100%).
Shots: Alfredsson, Quincey and Franzen co-led the team with 4 shots; Abdelkader, Andersson and Samuelsson had 3; Datsyuk, Glendening Bertuzzi, Ericsson and Cleary had 2; Kindl, Lashoff, Jurco, Zetterberg, Ouellet and Weiss had 1.
Blocked attempts: Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Franzen hit Toronto players 2 times; Quincey and Weiss hit Leaf players 1 time.
Missed shots: Kindl missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Jurco and Weiss missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4 hits; Glendening had 3; Lashoff, Jurco and Ericsson had 2; Alfredsson and Cleary had 1.
Giveaways: Datsyuk and Alfredsson had 2 giveaways; Abdelkader, Kronwall and Cleary had 1.
Takeaways: Jurco and Bertuzzi had takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 2 Leaf shots; Kindl, Alfredsson, Quincey, Glendening and Weiss blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Ericsson got 2 and 5, first for interference and then for fighting; Bertuzzi and Franzen took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +5. Abdelkader, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were -1; Andersson, Jurco, Quincey, Samuelsson, Glendening, Bertuzzi, Ouellet and Cleary were +1.
Points: Alfredsson had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Franzen had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Datsyuk had 2 assists; Andersson and Glendening had goals; Quincey, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Ouellet had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:13 played; Ericsson played 19:52; Quincey played 19:13;
Lashoff played 18:45; Datsyuk played 18:10; Kindl played 17:53;
Zetterberg played 17:45; Franzen played 17:34; Abdelkader played 16:34;
Alfredsson played 16:23; Andersson played 16:08; Cleary played 15:58;
Ouellet played 15:57; Bertuzzi played 13:47; Glendening played 12:43;
Samuelsson played 12:18; Weiss played 11:47; Jurco played 10:36.
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here's Babcock's post-game presser, from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
And here's a slate of game highlights:
Update #4: Hockeyfights posted the Ericsson-Clarkson bout:
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