The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/10/13 at 10:33 PM ET
That was awful. Just as the Panthers lulled the Red Wings to sleep on Saturday, they pulled the sleeper hold on Detroit on Tuesday night, and a Red Wings team that built a 2-0 lead and had the advantage for 35:26 of the game...
Blew their 2-goal lead and lost 3-2 to the Plywood Panthers in the shootout.
Was Howard sub-par? In the shootout, sure. But the Red Wings seemed to all but quit playing after the Panthers allowed Detroit to rope itself out cycling, dekeing and dangling their way through the latter half of the second period, and the 3rd was all Florida.
The game's start wasn't so bad. 10:26 into the 1st, after having had a goal waived off due to "incidental contact," Todd Bertuzzi connected on the power play thanks to some hard work by Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen...
And the game slowed down like nobody's business, but the Wings kept grinding it out, and Datsyuk scored in his comeback from a concussion-induced absence, via a great rush by Franzen and a shot-pass from Jonathan Ericsson, 6:47 into the 2nd...
But the 3rd period was all Florida. Sean Bergenheim scored on what was a double deflection of sorts, tipping down Dmitri Kulikov's shot before it went through Justin Abdelkader and Nilkas Kronwall and then Howard's legs...
Nick Bjugstad capitalized on what turned out to be a lovely set of errors from Franzen, a "soft" play by Pavel Datsyuk and the complete absence of Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey en route to a goal which Jimmy Howard leaned off of too early, and he tied the game with 5:22 left...
And the shootout was the shootout. Daniel Alfredsson was stopped by Tim Thomas, Aleksander Barkov pulled the "Forsberg" move on Howard, and while Tomas Tatar tucked a slick five-hole goal in on Thomas, and Jonathan Huberdeau spun himself out, Gustav Nyquist mushed the puck into Thomas on the 3rd try, and Brad Boyes pulled a super-sneaky move, going deke/glove and just sliding the puck into the far post instead.
Is the shootout Howard's fault? Not when the Wings can't score in it.
Is the loss Howard's fault? Not in my book. The Wings took the bait and let the Panthers lurk in the weeds, slowly but surely succumbing to a lack of attentitiveness to detail, and the Panthers earned the win.
I think this one is going to sting THE TEAM for a long time to come.
TEN straight shootout losses? That's not the goalie's fault.
Shots 27-26 Florida overall. Detroit out-shot Florida 10-8 in the 1st but was out-shot 10-9 in the 2nd, the teams tied 7-7 in the 3rd and the Panthers out-shot Detroit 2-0 in OT.
Special teams: Detroit went 1-for-4 in 7:07 of PP time; the Panthers went 0-for-3 in 6:00.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 27 shots; Tim Thomas stopped 24 of 26.
The Panthers picked the 3 stars, and they picked Tim Thomas, Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Bjugstad.
The Wings' goals: Bertuzzi (6) from Datsyuk (12) and Franzen (12), PPG;
Datsyuk (13) from Ericsson (7) and Franzen (13).
Faceoffs 32-30 Florida (Detroit won 48%);
Blocked shots 18-13 Florida;
Missed shots 11-10 Florida (total attempts 51-44 Florida);
Hits 28-17 Florida;
Giveaways 4-3 Detroit;
Takeaways supposedly 18-2 Florida.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 14-and-7 (67%); Weiss went 7-and-10 (41%); Andersson went 5-and-9 (36%); Emmerton went 3-and-3 (50%); Franzen won his only faceoff; Abdelkader, Alfredsson and Tatar all lost their only faceoffs.
Shots: Nyquist led the team with 5 shots; Datsyuk had 4; Tatar, Bertuzzi and Franzen had 3; Emmerton had 2; Smith, Kindl, Alfredsson, Miller, Ericsson and Weiss had 1.
Blocked attempts: Nyquist supposedly hit Panthers players 4 times; Franzen had 3 attempts blocked; Smith and Emmerton had 2 attempts blocked; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Tatar, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Cleary and Weiss had 1 attempt blocked.
MIssed shots: Smith, Kindl, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Miller, Tatar, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4; Miller, Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 3; Quincey had 2; Smith and Tatar had 1.
Giveaways: Lashoff, Ericsson, Kronwall and Howard had 1.
Takeaways: Datsyuk and Ericsson had takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots: Alfredsson blocked 3 Panthers shots; Smith, Kindl and Cleary blocked 2; Datsyuk, Emmerton, Quincey and Bertuzzi blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Tatar, Bertuzzi and Weiss took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -5. Smith, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Quincey and Weiss finished at -1.
Points: Datsyuk had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Franzen had 2 assists; Bertuzzi had a goal; Ericsson had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:28 played; Ericsson played 24:14; Quincey played 23:07;
Alfredsson played 20:54; Datsyuk played 20:15; Smith played 20:08;
Franzen played 19:31; Abdelkader played 18:05; Kindl played 17:26;
Bertuzzi played 17:00; Weiss played 15:57; Nyquist played 15:40;
Andersson played 15:00; Tatar played 14:48; Cleary played 12:55;
Lashoff played 12:04; Miller played 11:59; Emmerton played 8:32.
Update: Here's a full slate of game highlights...
And here's the shootout:
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