The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/16/13 at 10:02 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night, and the game was expertly live-Tweeted by one Ken Kal--though we'll be in the dark thanks to a TV-and-radio-less game against Chicago on Tuesday (at 8 PM; Chicago scrimmaged on Monday night).
For a first preseason game, they looked really good. Tomas Tatar registered the game's first goal (via Brendan Smith and Landon Ferraro) on a tap-in of a Ferraro wraparound pass, halfway through the first.
After Brandon Sutter tied things up by converting a 2-on-1 chance against Jimmy Howard early in the 2nd, the Wings got a couple of power plays. 6:16 in, Tatar and Smith fed the puck to Adam Almquist on the point, and he ripped a high, hard slapper through traffic and into the net, about five minutes later, he did the same, this time with Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson feeding the slightly-built Swedish defenseman on the left point...
And Pavel Datsyuk brought home the bacon by making a slick deke and backhand goal with 2:01 left in the 2nd.
Jimmy Howard was very solid in stopping 14 of 15 over 40 minutes of play, and Petr Mrazek was sharp in stopping 10 of 10 in the 3rd (the Wings were out-shot 24-19).
The Wings' power play, despite Almquist's goals, wasn't anything to write home about--despite going 2-for-5--because it blew 1:56 of 5 on 3 time thanks to the pass-to-the-point-itis that plagues the team, but the PK was good, killing 5 Penguins penalties.
The lines looked like this:
The top line needs no explanation. The second one? It was as much of a mess as you might expect Joakim Andersson to be without Gustav Nyquist by his side, and instead with a slightly rusty Daniel Cleary and a still-finding-his-form (whatever that may be) Mikael Samuelsson; the third one was really good because Mantha was aggressive and Jarkrok skated up and down the ice authoritatively, and the fourth was OK given that Glendening looks a little tired and Ferraro was up and down while showing flourishes of offensive flair--and forechecking aplomb--but Tatar was excellent.
The d-pairs were the d-pairs for the most part: Quincey gambled, Smith back-passed, DeKeyser leaned on his left foot while passing, Kindl was solid, Evans played like an AHL'er and Almquist was really good offensively and a work in progress given that he's like 5'10" and maybe 170 pounds after working like hell to put muscle on his bones.
In goal, Howard was fine and Mrazek was very, very Mrazek-like.
In terms of statistics:
The Wings went 2-for-5 in 6:31 of PP time, including 1:56 of 5-on-3 time; the Penguins went 0-for-5 in 10:00 of PP time.
Howard stopped 13 of 14 for Detroit, and Mrazek stopped 10 of 10; Tomas Vokoun stopped 11 of 15, and Erik Hartzell stopped 4 of 4.
The 3 stars were picked by a media panel, and they were Tomas Tatar (3), Pavel Datsyuk (2) and Adam Almquist (1).
The Wings' goals: Tatar (1) from Ferraro (1) and Smith (1);
Almquist (1) from Smith (2) and Tatar (1), PPG;
Almquist (2) from Samuelsson (1) and Datsyuk (1), PPG.
Datsyuk (1), unassisted.
Shots: 24-19 Pittsburgh;
Blocked shots: 18-9 Pittsburgh;
Missed shots: 17-15 Pittsburgh (total attempts 52-50 Detroit);
Hits: 32-18 Pittsburgh;
Giveaways: 7-0 Pittsburgh;
Takeaways: 5-4 Pittsburgh;
Faceoffs 28-27 Detroit (51% won by Detroit).
Individual stats, TMR style:
Shots on goal: Samuelsson, Datsyuk and Almquist co-led the team with 3; Kindl, Abdelkader, Tatar, Tootoo, Quincey, Ferraro, Glendening, Evans, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1
Blocked attempts: Smith and Quincey fired 3 more attempts into Penguins players; Kindl and Tatar had 2 attempts blocked; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Tootoo, Samuelsson, Mantha, Glendening, Jarnkrok and Cleary had single attempts blocked.
Hits: Ferraro led the team with 5 hits; Abdelkader had 3; Kindl, Quincey and Evans had 2; Smith, Tootoo, Glendening and Jarnkrok had 1.
Giveaways: None listed. That's BS.
Takeaways: Abdelkader, Tatar, Samuelsson and Zetterberg were credited with takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots: Smith blocked 3 shots; DeKeyser blocked 2; Abdelkader, Andersson, Quincey and Evans blocked 1.
Faceoffs: Jarnkrok went 10-and-6 (63%); Datsyuk went 8-and-4 (67%); Andersson went 5-and-7 (42%); Glendening went 3-and-5 (38%); Ferraro, Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Cleary lost single faceoffs.
Plus-minus: The team finished at a collective +5. DeKeyser, Cleary and Andersson were -1; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Tatar, Ferraro, Zetterberg, Glendening and Evans were +1; Almquist was +2.
Points: Almquist had 2 goals; Smith had 2 assists; Datsyuk and Tatar both had a goal and an assist for 2 points apiece; Ferraro and Samuelsson had assists.
Ice time: Quincey led the team with 23:51 played; Smith played 22:32; DeKeyser played 19:23;
Datsyuk played 17:59; Evans played 17:54; Cleary played 17:36;
Zetterberg played 17:30; Kindl played 17:00; Andersson played 16:24;
Abdelkader played 16:21; Glendening played 16:16; Almquist played 14:55;
Jarnkrok played 13:25; Mantha played 12:32; Samuelsson played 12:09;
Tatar played 11:55; Ferraro played 11:51; Tootoo played 10:27.
No TV + end of training camp coverage = I will probably sleep through the Hawks game, and while I'll try to post a recap, it will not be detailed. I'm going to take Wednesday off period as I'm exhausted as hell, and coverage of the Wings-Bruins game on Thursday will be SUPER LIMITED because I will be driving home--but that game will air on Fox Sports Detroit!
Update: Here's the AP's recap:
Adam Almquist scored two power-play goals in the second period and Tomas Tatar had a goal and assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night in a preseason game.
Paval Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, netting a second-period, unassisted goal.
Almquist scored at 6:10 and 11:50 with shots from the point to put the Red Wings ahead 3-1.
Brandon Sutter netted the lone Pittsburgh goal at 1:05 of the second, to get the Penguins even at 1.
Tatar opened the scoring when he took a failed wraparound attempt and tucked the puck under the crossbar at 12:56 of the first.
Both starting goalies worked two periods. Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 15 shots for the Penguins. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 13 saves.
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