The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/18/14 at 10:36 PM ET
Updated 2x with video at 12:41 AM: The Detroit Red Wings beat themselves and the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans--who outnumbered Detroit's at Joe Louis Arena--despite losing Jonathan Ericsson, despite a power play that can only pass the puck laterally through the middle of the ice, and thanks to some wonderful goals by Gustav Nyquist, a beautiful dagger by Daniel Alfredsson and a FANTASTIC goaltending performance by Jimmy Howard, who stopped 31 of 33 and 10 of 12 in the 3rd period.
Yes, the Wings got the benefit of the doubt on what Nazem Kadri's kick-in goal, and yes, the refereeing confused both teams and both teams' fan bases, but...
A Wings team that both Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond argue must win 9 of their final 15 games earned win #1.
Does the team have to play WAY WAY WAY WAY better to defeat Toronto at the Air Canada Centre next Saturday, and does it have to beat most of Pittsburgh (on Thursday), Minnesota (Saturday and Sunday), Columbus (next Tuesday) and Montreal (next Thursday) en route to said final tilt between the teams?
Yes, especially the "kid line," because Nyquist's 2 goals didn't offset the fact that Riley Sheahan and Tomas "I can drop pass like Valtteri Filppula" Tatar have become giveaway and-or turnover machines, more terrifying to watch than Brendan Smith in his own zone (and oh yeah, by the way, the good news out of all of this is Pulkkinen will be back in Thursday, but that's about all we get that's "good" out of Ericsson's upper-body injury).
In terms of the game's narrative...
The Wings came out strong and got an earned bounce as Gustav Nyquist roared up ice--via a superb pass from Kyle Quincey?--and chipped a shot on James Reimer that the goaltender ended up putting in the net via the shaft of his goalie stick at 12:50...
And that was all the scoring thanks to the Wings blowing 4 power plays and the Leafs not getting anything on 2 power plays, mostly due to Howard's goaltending, until Nyquist scored again 2:06 into the 3rd, on a similar play...
Regrettably, the Wings had been mistake-prone all night long, and when Quincey took a doofy penalty, Jake Gardner made them pay 8:24 into the 3rd, remarkably taking an end-boards bounce and dekeing the hell out of an otherwise stellar Howard:
With LEAF FANS JEERING HIM, the Leafs nearly tied the game, but Nazem Kadri obviously kicked this one in...
And THANKFULLY, Daniel Alfredsson, who probably never thought he'd be booed in his own barn, made the Leafs pay when Kronwall and Legwand gave-and-went on a 3-line pass, and Alfredsson was able to rip a one-timer in with 2:33 remaining...
And the Wings needed that margin because the Kid Line got caught running around as the Leafs had a 6 on 5 by pulling Reimer late, and when Dion Phaneuf blasted a shot at the net, Jakub Kindl tipped it past Howard (though Van Riemsdyk got credit) with 1:13 left:
The Wings held on thanks to Howard, who made saves like this...
And after the game...
Shots: The Red Wings were out-shot 33-31. Detroit out-shot Toronto 12-9 in the 1st, the teams tied 12-12 in shots in the 2nd, and the Wings were out-shot 12-7 in the 3rd.
Special teams: the Red Wings' power play went 0-for-4 in 6:55 of lateral passing; the Maple Leafs' power play went 1-for-4 in 6:21.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 31 of 33 shots for the Red Wings; James Reimer stopped 29 of 31 for the Maple Leafs.
The 3 stars were picked by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and he picked Jimmy Howard, James Gardiner and Gustav Nyquist.
The Wings' goals: Nyquist (18) from Quincey (7);
Nyquist (19), unassisted;
Alfredsson (15) from Legwand (34) and Kronwall (35).
Faceoffs 36-28 Detroit (Detroit won 56%);
Blocked shots 14-13 Detroit;
Missed shots 14-10 Detroit (attempts 58-57 Detroit, with Detroit firing 31 shots ON Reimer and 27 wide/blocked);
Giveaways 6-5 Detroit;
Takeaways an ugly 11-6 Toronto.
Faceoffs: Glendening went 8-and-11 (42%); Legwand went 11-and-8 (61%); Sheahan went 5-and-6 (45%); Franzen went 5-and-1 (83%); Emmerton went 4-and-2 (67%); Bertuzzi went 2-and-0 (100%); Alfredsson lost his only faceoff; Tatar won his only faceoff.
Shots: Nyquist led the Wings with 6 shots; Franzen had 4; Kindl, Legwand and Bertuzzi had 3; Smith, Alfredsson, Miller and Quincey had 2; Emmerton, Ferraro, Glendening and DeKeyser had 1.
Blocked attempts: Kindl, Nyquist and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Alfredsson, Sheahan, Tatar, Quincey, Glendening, Ericsson and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Alfredsson, Legwand, Miller and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Smith, Tatar, Glendening, Bertuzzi, Ericsson and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Kindl led the Wings with 4 hits; Alfredsson had 3; Tatar and Ferraro had 2; Legwand, Miller, Lashoff, Glendening, Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Kindl, Nyquist, Legwand, Ericsson, Kronwall and Howard had giveaways.
Takeaways: Legwand had 2 takeaways; Nyquist, Tatar, Emmerton and Quincey had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Lashoff, Emmerton, Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots.
Penalties taken: Tatar, Quincey, Glendening and Franzen too minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at +10. Kindl and Lashoff were -1; Smith, Alfredsson, Nyquist, Sheahan, Legwand, Tatar, DeKeyser and Franzen finished at +1; Quincey and Kronwall finished at +2.
Points: Nyquist scored 2 goals; Alfredsson scored a goal; Legwand, Quincey and Kronwall had assists.
Ice time: DeKeyser led the team with 25:09; Kronwall played 23:35; miller played 20:47;
Quincey played 19:44; Franzen played 18:16; Glendening played 18:14;
Legwand played 17:30; Alfredsson played 17:22; Nyquist played 16:03;
Kindl played 15:39; Tatar played 15:21; Bertuzzi played 15:12;
Sheahan played 14:16; Lashoff played 13:28; Ericsson played 13:09;
Ferraro played 9:45; Smith played 9:43; Emmerton played9:21.
Update: Here's DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose on Ericsson:
Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs was the sixth straight game that a Red Wings’ player fell to injury when defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered a broken finger on his left hand late in the second period.
“We get someone hurt every day and they never come back,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I guess he’s out for a bit. The hand specialist is looking at him. He’s got a broken finger. In the old days you just taped that to another one and you just keep playing.”
It’s possible that Ericsson will see a hand specialist on Wednesday, and may have a pin surgically inserted to stabilize the finger while helping the healing process faster.
According to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, the Red Wings will be without Ericsson for the next 10 days to two weeks.
“Dr. (Doug) Plagens is talking to a hand specialist,” Holland said. “We’ll make a decision tomorrow but I think there’s a chance tomorrow afternoon he’ll have it pinned.”
Ericsson, who missed 10 days with a separated shoulder and another 10 games with broken ribs this season, is just the latest to be added to the injury list since March 6 when Jonas Gustavsson suffered a reoccurrence to a sore groin that has plagued the backup goalie for much of this season. Since then, Joakim Andersson fractured an ankle bone against the New York Rangers (March 9); Tomas Jurco fractured a rib at Columbus (March 11); Todd Bertuzzi acquired a lower-body ailment against Edmonton (March 14); and Justin Abdelkader suffered a leg laceration at Chicago (March 16).
That’s just the latest rash of injuries that have decimated the Red Wings lineup all season. Captain Henrik Zetterberg is out of the remainder of the regular season following back surgery and center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) still has a few more days before he’s re-evaluated and learns whether or not he’ll be back before the end of the current campaign. Darren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samulesson (shoulder) are also unavailable.
Update #2: Video!
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posted Daniel Alfredsson's comments...
Currich5 posted clips of Jimmy Howard...
And Gustav Nyquist speaking with the media...
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted clips of Alfredsson...
The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the pair...
Fox Sports Detroit posted a clip of Howard speaking with John Keating...
Sportsnet posted a 3:03 highlight clip and some post-game blather...
As well as Randy Carlyle grumbling...
TSN posted a highlight clip, too...
The Leafs' website posted clips of James Reimer, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Dion Phaneuf and Randy Carlyle speaking with the media. Their Game in Six is also lovely if you enjoy Joe Bowen and the Leafs' side of things;
And the Wings' website posted a Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond-narrated highlight clip...
As well as clips of Ferraro...
And Nyquist speaking with the media...
As well as Mike Babcock's post-game presser:
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