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by George Malik on 01/26/14 at 07:56 PM ET
I don't want to talk about this one. The Red Wings blew a 4-2 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Florida Panthers via a shootout decision because they played a horrible first period and a horrible third period against the team that has their number--and got both a shorthanded goal against the Wings, got a break when Daniel Cleary may or may not have been pushed into Thomas, who sold a third no-goal-against-Detroit call, and definitely got a break when Tomas Tatar was high-sticked under the visor but neither ref nor linesman saw Brian Campbell do it.
This was...Poor. You could understand that the Wings were going to have a mental letdown after playing the Blues, Blackhawks and Canadiens, and you knew that the Wings wouldn't be the same without Henrik Zetterberg, who was scratched late with an "upper-body injury" apparently suffered against Montreal, but...
This kind of shit had to stop a couple of weeks ago, and while the Wings end up going 3-1-and-1 on a five-game home stand, and while the kids have been spectacular, the Wings very evidently need their Zetterbergs, Datsyuks, perhaps even their Anderssons and definitely their Howard back.
From 3-1 to 4-2 to a 5-4 shootout loss. Too familiar. Too predictable in a trap game labeled as such. Too much of the same.
And after all the gains the Wings made, we have to wonder whether the "veteran presence" really is needed down the stretch--and the answer seems to be "yes," as much as it pains me to say that given the way Sheahan, Jurco and Glendening have won spots on next year's team.
Shots 37-30 Florida overall. Detroit was out-shot 11-10 in the 1st, they out-shot Florida 12-9 in the 2nd period, the Wings were out-shot a stunning 15-5 in the 3rd and they out-shot Florida 3-2 in OT.
Special teams: The Red Wings went 1-for-4 in 7:21 of PP time and gave up a shorthanded goal; the Panthers went 0-for-4 in 7:36 and scored a shorthanded goal.
Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 33 of 37 for Detroit; Tim Thomas stopped 26 of 30 for Florida.
The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Sean Bergenheim, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar.
The Wings' goals: Nyquist (9) from Franzen (14);
Alfredsson (12) from Smith (12) and Lashoff (3);
Sheahan (3) from Tatar (10) and Eaves (2), PPG;
Tatar (12) from Sheahan (5) and Jurco (3).
Faceoffs 37-33 Detroit (Detroit won 53%);
Blocked shots 16-5 Florida;
Missed shots 9-5 Detroit (attempts 55-47 Detroit, with the Wings firing 25 shots wide/blocked);
Hits 26-11 Detroit;
Giveaways 10-9 Detroit;
Takeaways 10-6 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Helm went 10-and-13 (43%); Glendening went 8-and-11 (42%); Franzen went 8-and-3 (73%); Sheahan went 7-and-4 (64%); Tatar went 2-and-1 (67%); Miller lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Tatar led the Wings with 5 shots; Jurco had 4; DeKeyser had 3; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Sheahan, Eaves and Ericsson had 2; Smith, Abdelkader, Miller, Lashoff, Glendening, Kronwall, Cleary and Franzen had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Helm and Ericsson hit Panthers players 3 times; Nyquist and Kronwall had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Alfredsson, Eaves, Tatar, Quincey and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Ericsson missed the net 2 times; Smith, Alfresson, Eaves, Lashoff, Jurco, Cleary and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Kronwall led the Wings with 4 hits; Abdelkader and Glendening had 3; Eaves, Miller, Quincey and Helm had 2 hits; Smith, Alfredsson, Sheahan, Tatar, Lashoff, Jurco, Ericsson and Franzen had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Tatar and Kronwall had 2 giveaways; Smith, Alfredsson, Glendening, DeKeyser, Cleary and Franzen had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Tatar had 2 takeaways; Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Lashoff, Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Cleary and Franzen had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Miller blocked 2 shots; Eaves, Quincey and Kronwall blocked 1 shot.
Penalties: Both Abdelkader and Ericsson took a pair of minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -5. Eaves finished at -2; Smith, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Miller, Glendening, Kronwall and Franzen finished at -1; Sheahan, Tatar, Jurco and Ericsson finished at +1.
Points: Tatar and Sheahan both had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Alfredsson and Nyquist had goals; Smith, Eaves, Lashoff, Jurco and Franzen had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall played a team-leadindg 28:21; Ericsson played 23:20; Helm played 20:10;
Alfredsson played 19:44; DeKeyser played 19:33; Quincey played 18:15;
Lashoff played 18:06; Abdelkader played 16:53; Smith played 16:47;
Franzen played 16:45; Nyquist played 16:33; Cleary played 15:48;
Miller played 15:16; Glendening played 14:29; Tatar played 14:08;
Sheahan played 13:48; Jurco played 12:17; Eaves played 12:01.
Update: Regarding the roster:
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