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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: Nyquist, Howard help Wings, who lost Ericsson to a broken finger

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...

Statistics:

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);

Hits 17-17;

Giveaways 6-5 Detroit;

Takeaways an ugly 11-6 Toronto.

Individual stats:

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...

Alfredsson...

And Gustav Nyquist speaking with the media...

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted clips of Alfredsson...

And Nyquist...

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...

Alfredsson...

And Nyquist speaking with the media...

As well as Mike Babcock's post-game presser:

One more: RedWingsFeed directs us to the NHL Tonight's analysis of the game.

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Down River Dan's avatar

14 games left.

Will the team run out of games or players first??????? downer

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/18/14 at 09:46 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Randy Carlyle: “I thought interference was supposed to be called in the NHL.”

Good work Randy… way to bolster your reputation as a crybaby.

Posted by calquake on 03/18/14 at 09:47 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Calquake, I am listening to the leafs post game radio and I just heard that load of crap from carlyle also…......very reminiscent of Therrien during the 08 finals….

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/18/14 at 09:56 PM ET

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14 games left.

christ, 14 more?!!  Is Hank skating yet?

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/18/14 at 09:57 PM ET

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The thing about the crowd I find worse than the Leafs fans being louder than Wings fans is that the Wings fans were loudest after the 2-2 goal was disallowed. That’s sad.

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/18/14 at 09:58 PM ET

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Calquake, I am listening to the leafs post game radio and I just heard that load of crap from carlyle also…......very reminiscent of Therrien during the 08 finals….

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/18/14 at 10:56 PM ET

Between Carlyle, Therrien and Olsuck we have a conspiracy theory forming.  Oh crap, they finally found us out. rolleyes

Posted by calquake on 03/18/14 at 10:00 PM ET

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Double post:

I would anticipate that the Wings will use a non-roster emergency call-up on Sproul or Ouellet (Kronwall + Quincey + DeKeyser + Kindl + Lashoff + Smith = 6 defensemen, no roster emergency)...

And for the record, the Red Wings’ 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th forwards are now Bertuzzi, Emmerton, Ferraro and Pulkkinen.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/18/14 at 10:03 PM ET

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No question about the kick in, George. That goal is disallowed every time.

Posted by teldar on 03/18/14 at 10:03 PM ET

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Bob Duff says no call-ups.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/18/14 at 10:06 PM ET

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My comment above got posted to the wrong post.

Another game, another couple third period goals given up.

I thought on a few of the shots late, Howard was bad. He was in position to make the initial save, but as soon as someone made a move, he froze. On the disallowed goal, it looked almost like his knee cramped and he couldn’t get across.

Fortunately, Ericsson should be able to play with his finger not completely healed, depending on which finger and hand, so he might only miss 3-4 games (not looking at the schedule).

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/18/14 at 10:07 PM ET

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Huge 2 points and a great effort. Alfy looks a lot better with Franzen and Legwand, than with Miller and Glen, huge surprise.
Every time Nyquist scores a goal, it’s another reminder that we might have been in the playoffs now if he did not spend the first 22 games in GR because of astonishing signing of Cleary.
If anybody can explain to me why Sheahan/Nyquist/Tatar are on the ice protecting the lead, I am all ears. When Babs will learn that you need your PK specialists to protect the lead when the other team has 6 players on your 5.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/18/14 at 10:08 PM ET

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If anybody can explain to me why Sheahan/Nyquist/Tatar are on the ice protecting the lead, I am all ears. When Babs will learn that you need your PK specialists to protect the lead when the other team has 6 players on your 5.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/18/14 at 11:08 PM ET

I may have missed it but I thought Babs could at least have called a time out to make sure the kids understood exactly what he wanted.

Posted by calquake on 03/18/14 at 10:13 PM ET

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When Babs will learn that you need your PK specialists to protect the lead when the other team has 6 players on your 5.

Im sure they were tuckered out from, for some *#$%@& reason, leading the forwards in even strength minutes…

Posted by Garth on 03/18/14 at 10:38 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

As noted by Bill Roose above, Ericsson will have surgery to have a pin inserted in his finger. He’ll be out between 10 and 14 days.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/18/14 at 11:02 PM ET

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Is there a clip available for the second Nyquist goal?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/18/14 at 11:34 PM ET

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Nevermind, I am blind.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/18/14 at 11:35 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

More video added. Lots of it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/18/14 at 11:43 PM ET

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When Babs will learn that you need your PK specialists to protect the lead when the other team has 6 players on your 5.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/18/14 at 11:08 PM ET

one of those guys is playing in Nashville…........oops the cats out of the bag!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/19/14 at 05:38 AM ET

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  Calquake, I am listening to the leafs post game radio and I just heard that load of crap from carlyle also…......very reminiscent of Therrien during the 08 finals….

  Posted by Down River Dan on 03/18/14 at 10:56 PM ET

Between Carlyle, Therrien and Olsuck we have a conspiracy theory forming.  Oh crap, they finally found us out. rolleyes

Posted by calquake on 03/18/14 at 11:00 PM ET

If you keep saying it, people start believing it.  I’m starting to believe it.

Bunch of soft, old, slow, dirty, interfering Euros on this Wings team.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/19/14 at 07:50 AM ET

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Just wondering when you’re going to lay off Quincey.  An argument can be made that he’s been the Wings best defenseman (easily the steadiest, most consistent d-man) since Dec. 28: 3g, 3a,+8, 21 minutes a night, very good paired with Lashoff on the PK.  Those numbers are pretty terrific considering the Wings have been average to bad in that stretch.

He’s actually making a case to re-sign here, because those numbers are very hard to replace unless you pay $5-6 million on the open market.

Posted by jkm2011 on 03/19/14 at 08:18 AM ET

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That’s the level of goaltending Detroit has to get out of Howard if they’re going to have any shot at either the playoffs or something approaching non-embarrassment in the playoffs and, quite frankly, the level of goaltending Howard is being paid for.

Nyquist’s 2 goals last night means that this year he has scored as many goals as he ever has in any college or pro year, ever.  He had 26 in 80 combined games in 2013 (23 AHL, 3 NHL) and has 26 in 58 combined games now (7 AHL and 19 NHL).  His 19 goals in 43 games this year very nearly surpasses his goal scoring rate in college, where he scored 19 in 39 in his highest total goal season.

Just wondering when you’re going to lay off Quincey.

Never, most likely.  He’s been designated as a player to hate this year, so his actual level of play won’t factor in very much to what fans here say about him.  A big reason for that is what Holland spent to bring him in.

Personally, I think he’s been a fairly solid #4 for the Wings this year overall, and seems to be verging on passing DeKeyser up for earned IT here of late.  Detroit’s dmen have been largely unremarkable this year, so Quincey even playing just a bit above expectations stands out like a bleeping forest fire.

Bunch of soft, old, slow, dirty, interfering Euros on this Wings team.

To show you how injured the roster actually is, I think last nights roster had 13 of the 19 players on it hailing from the US or Canada.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/19/14 at 09:13 AM ET

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I’d like to give credit where it’s due, and aside from the penalty he took, Quincey had a solid game.  Mickey Redmond even mentioned a couple of his strong defensive plays.  Howard also played well.  He was “tracking the puck” as they say much better.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 03/19/14 at 09:24 AM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/19/14 at 10:13 AM ET

I agree on Quincey. He’s been good lately and I have mentioned this a few times in the last month or two. I will even go out to say that I would support resigning him. He’s been good and Detroit can get him for less than the $3.75M they’re paying him now.

Regarding your continued narrative on Nyquist, just let it go. Two things - first, I get it - he’s been better this year than his numbers in the past, from a goal-scoring standpoint (although the team is working with him to shoot more). But keep one thing in mind - NCAA scoring is often not representative of professional scoring. There are a number of players who put up decent numbers in college but did more in the professional leagues. From an AHL standpoint, Nyquist is a proven point-per-game player.

Second, it’s time to admit that Nyquist has done as much for this team this season as anyone not named Zetterberg. That’s how good he’s been. Since Z has been out, you can even say he’s been the team’s best player. I don’t claim to have predicted this level of performance - I just (and I believe others argued the same) believed he was an upgrade over pretty much anyone on Detroit’s bottom-6 forwards at the time. He’s excelled far beyond that.

You need to admit that this season, you were flat-out wrong about the impact Nyquist would have. He has exceeded even the most optimistic Wings fans’ predictions. He’s been outstanding. Instead, you continue to trot out numbers to justify your skepticism and prematurely had your gloat session when Nyquist had a tough stretch after a good start.

Let it go. He still has a lot to prove in the NHL, no question. But call a spade a spade and give him credit (and Wings fans who wanted him here) where credit is due. Let it go. Swallow your pride and admit it. It’s ok. You can admit you were wrong and the world won’t come to an end. I mean, you stick to this narrative more than Bill O’Reilly and Fox News sticking to the narrative that any Democrat in any governmental position is out to destroy middle class white people. LET. IT. GO. If, after a couple seasons in the NHL, Nyquist can’t seem to get past 40 points per season, then you can point to your college stats and say “Look how right I was!” For now, all you can evaluate him on is what he has done this season in the NHL.

 

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/19/14 at 10:50 AM ET

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Nyquist’s 2 goals last night means that this year he has scored as many goals as he ever has in any college or pro year, ever.  He had 26 in 80 combined games in 2013 (23 AHL, 3 NHL) and has 26 in 58 combined games now (7 AHL and 19 NHL).  His 19 goals in 43 games this year very nearly surpasses his goal scoring rate in college, where he scored 19 in 39 in his highest total goal season.

All I see here is “how can I pretend I wasn’t dead wrong?”

and Detroit can get him for less than the $3.75M they’re paying him now.

How do you figure?

Posted by Garth on 03/19/14 at 11:15 AM ET

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“Randy Carlyle: “I thought interference was supposed to be called in the NHL.”

Crylyle.  Same old spew.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/19/14 at 12:30 PM ET

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