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Red Wings-Penguins quick take: good feeling

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to take out a Pittsburgh Penguins team with a 24-3-3 home record this season, with Detroit aiming for an unlikely win on a day in which Sidney Crosby would be honored for reaching 1,000 points.

The Wings won 5-2, defeating the Penguins and Capitals on back-to-back outings, and it felt really good to see the Wings be able to go toe-to-toe with the league's best, even if the wins are inconsequential over the long haul.

The 1st period began with Anthony Mantha, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar starting opposite Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel;

Danny DeKeyser and Nick Jensen faced off against Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang;

And Petr Mrazek started in goal opposite Matt Murray.

After a delay in which the Penguins honored Sidney Crosby for hitting 1,000 points, and gave Mike Ilitch a moment of silence, the Pens goet the National Anthem taken care of and we dropped the puck at 3:20 PM.

Zetterberg drew in vs. Crosby for the game's opening faceoff and Crosby won it back to his defense, which chipped the puck up and into the WIngs' zone. Jensen jammed the puck vs. Kunitz but lost the puck and Crosby pushed the puck to Letang who fired the puck wide of Mrazek.

Pittsburgh re-set at center and Crosby slid a backhander past Guentzel wide, Mantha found Tatar and then Zetterberg, and Dumoulin blocked the puck but Smith slid a sneaky little shot through Mantha's legs and off Mantha's stick, and gave the Wings their first shot of the game.

50 seconds into the game, Nielsen won the draw to Kronwall and Vanek hit a heavy shot off the glass, Detroit battled the Pens at the blueline and Hornqvist found Malkin and Daley clanged a puck off the goalpost as Smith hit Mrazek into his own net.

The Penguins cycled in the Wings' zone, with Malkin finding Letang, Hagelin cycled and the Pens centered the puck but the Wings cleared the zone and Abdelkader, Larkin and Helm battled their way through center. DeKeyser pinched to help the Wings push the puck deeper and Ott hopped over the boards but pushed the puck past Jensen, Kessel charged up 2-on-1 with Wilson and Mrazek made an amazing save on Kessel's breakaway.

Detroit set up in their won zone and Jensen chipped the puck deep, with Glendening, Ott and Zetterberg of all people setting up as the Wings changed, and Detroit went offside at the Pens' blueline.

The Wings won the draw at the Pens' blueline and Zetterberg slid the puck to Tatar in the slot, and his point-blank shot was swept into Murray.

3:10 into the 1st, Ott, Sheahan and Glendening drew in for a deep zone faceoff and they lost it, so Pittsburgh chipped the puck in and Fehr found the Cullen, he slid the puck to Kuhnhackl, and the Wings were able to block the puck and clear the zone, but Pittsburgh roared back into Detroit's zone and turned the puck over. Sproul dumped the puck down ice and iced it...

So Ott, Sheahan and Glendening won a faceoff in the Wings' zone, Malkin roared back into the Wings' zone, and Mrazek made a big stop as Hornqvist got a second opportunity.

The Penguins won the draw in the Wings' zone and Kessel swept the puck into Abdelkader, he set up Nielsen deep in the Pens' zone, he cycled with Abdelkader, but the puck hopped off the end boards and Murray covered up.

Detroit changed lines for the deep faceoff and Helm won it to the line, and Sproul's point shot was gobbled up by Murray.

The Wings lost the next deep offensive zone faceoff, but Pittsburgh iced the puck, so some 4:45 into the 1st, Detroit changed lines again and Zetterberg drew in for the offensive zone draw, won the puck to Kronwall, he went to Smith, and Tatar fired a shot wide of the net.

The Pens could not clear thanks to Zetterberg and Mantha--for a moment--but Tatar skated back into the zone before Detroit tagged up and the Wings got called offside.

Helm drew in for the blueline draw and lost it, so the Pens charged into Detroit's zone, and Hornqvist was stood up by Abdelkader, yielding a blueline draw that Helm won and the Wings ground through center ice.

Pittsburgh dumped the puck into the Wings' zone and Hornqvist tipped a shot wide, Helm dumped the puck into the Pens' zone and the Wings went offside.

The Red Wings won the blueline draw and Abdelkader and Larkin ground their way into the Pens 'zone, Helm cycled, Abby pushed the puck to Jensen, he reversed to Helm, Larkin and Abdelkader pushed thep uck to Helm, he jammed the puck toward the Pens' net and DeKeyser had to go chase the Pens clear down ice.

Glendening jabbed the puck into the Pens' zone and the Pens came right back out to center, where Sproul dumped and Detroit chased. Glendening, Sheahan and Ott did a fine job of checking the Pens and then following them back on a 3-on-2 that Glendening and Ouellet blocked off, so Pittsburgh had to re-set in their own zone.

Pittsburgh went offside at 7:30 of the 1st, triggering the first TV timeout.

7:30 into the 1st, Pittsburgh led in shots 5-3 and attempts 9-6; Detroit led in faceoffs 7-5 (58%).

When play resumed, the Wings won the blueline faceoff and dumped the puck in Murray, who played the puck around the side boards and afforded Pittsburgh an easy clear as Letang dumped the puck in. Mrazek found Kronwall, he got the puck to Zetterberg and then Smith, Pittsburgh took over at their goal line and Jensen and DeKeyser afforded the Wings a dump and change.

Athanasiou, Nielsen and Vanek watched the Pens dump the puck in on Mrazek, and he held on.

Nielsen drew in for the defensive zone draw and won it, but Pittsburgh took over possession-wise, Hornqvist and Malkin cycled, but he turned the puck over to Larkin in the defensive zone, Athanasiou pushed the puck across to Abdelkader, Abdelkader found Jensen streaking toward the net and Jensen faked a shot and tucked the puck past Murray for the 1-0 goal.

Jensen deked and dangled his way to make it 1-0 @ 8:48 from Abdelkader and Athanasiou.

The Pens won the bump-up shift draw and Mrazek made a stop that bounced off him but rolled wide;

Larkin, Helm and Vanek could not clear the zone so the Pens' defenders pumped a shot wide, Mrazek stopped Crosby and then Wilson, and Detroit took a defensive zone draw that the Pens chipped out of play.

Sheahan won the defensive zone draw and Ott and Glendening forced the Penguins to ice the puck, so Zetterberg took an offensive zone draw, Sproul blasted a puck wide and the Pens charged into Detroit's zone, where Fehr found the puck to Gaunce, he was blocked off and Detroit iced the puck.

Pittsburgh won the deep zone faceoff but Mantha and Zetterberg turned the puck over and battled it deep into Pittsburgh territory, Kronwall helped hold the puck in, and when the Wings had to re-set, Smith charged up and in, Vanek and Nielsen held the puck in and swept it deep for Athanasiou, and Pittsburgh took over.

10:50 into the 1st, Malkin and Letang dumped the puck into Detroit's zone, DeKeyser set up as the Wings changed and he slid a pass off Letang to Abdelkader, Helm battled the puck out down low but was tied up, the Pens dumped the puck into Detroit's zone and then slid the puck back out to center ice, and re-set.

Jensen took over in the Wings' zone, surrendered a turnover, and DeKeyser made a fine tip-it-out turnover on Crosby.

11:39 into the 1st, Detroit trailed in shots 6-4 and attempts 14-8.

Detroit won the defensive zone draw after the TV timeout, but Pittsburgh took over at center ice and backhanded the puck deep into the Wings' zone, where Mrazek coughed up the puck to Crosby, Guentzel battled the puck to Kunitz, and Zetterberg and Mantha raced into the Pens' zone, and Tatar went offside.

Ott, Sheahan and Glendening drew in vs. Bonino's line for the offensive blueline faceoff and they won the puck to Detroit's D, who jammed the puck deep. Ott lost the puck to Kessel and he slid the puck up to Bonino, but Detroit blocked off the Pens' forwards and the Wings iced the puck.

Detroit won the defensive zone draw and Ott, Sheahan and Glendening could not get through center, but Sproul did so himself and he fired a shot on Murray.

Frans Nielsen took the offensive zone draw and won it to Jensen, but the Pens charged up the other way 3-on-2, and Jensen had to sktitter back to help Mrazek see Ruhwedel's slap shot from the point. Mrazek made a great stop with Hornqvist all over him.

Detroit iced the puck yet again and the Wings won the deep defensive zone draw, with Abdelkader clanging a puck off Murray charging up ice, and as Abdelkader shot the puck into Murray, Malkin high-sticked Helm, yielding a PP at 13:32.

Mantha, Nielsen, Abdelkader, Kronwall and Zetterberg drew in for the offensive zone faceoff but lost the draw and allowed the Penguins to clear the zone.

Zetterberg set up for Kronwall, he performed a drop at center ice, Zetterberg entered the zone, Mantha went back to Kronwall and the Pens charged up 3-on-2, and Tom Kuhnhackl was able to fire a shot through Mrazek to make it 1-1.

Kuhnhackl scored shorthanded @ 14:09 to make it 1-1. Shorthanded marker, 3-on-2, started by a Kronwall pass to nobody.

Detroit won the bump-up shift faceoff but was hemmed in its own zone, and Pittsburgh swiped the puck, with Bonino battling into Detroit's zone; the Wings charged back up the other way, but Sproul fell over, Detroit had to re-set at center, and the Pens dumped the puck down ice.

With 38 seconds remaining in the PP, Athanasiou charged into the Pens' zone, Pittsburgh cleared the zone, and the Wings re-set, with DeKeyser finding Zetterberg and Abdelkader pushing the puck to the slot, where Mantha could not reach it.

The PP expired and DeKeyser dumped so that the Wings could change.

Abdelkader swiped the puck and centered it for Zetterberg, but the Wings lost control and the Pens charged into the Wings' zone, where Crosby and the Pens went offside.

After the TV timeout Zetterberg lost the draw at the Wings line and Pittsburgh centered the puck, but Mrazek stopped Crosby as the Pens were able to overpower Kronwall, Smith and Zetterberg down low.

Detroit forced the Pens to turn the puck over with an Ott hit down low, Glendening, Sheahan and Ott worked the puck into the Pens' zone, and Ott got a slot pass from Sheahan, Ott deked and backhanded a shot past Matt Murray to make it 2-1.

Ott scored @ 16:29 to make it 2-1 Detroit. Sheahan assisted.

The Wings lost the bump-up shift faceoff but the Wings' defense blocked off the Pens' Malkin and company, Helm, Abdelkader and Larkin worked their way into the Pens' zone, and Pittsburgh swiped the puck, working into Detroit's zone, where Ian Cole's shot was blocked by Ouellet and Jensen.

Detroit and Pittsburgh changed and the Wings iced the puck with 17:34 gone in the 1st.

The Pens won the offensive zone draw but Mrazek pushed the puck to Mantha, he found Tatar, Ouellet blasted the puck into the Pens' zone and Tatar was offside.

Detroit took a draw at center ice and the Wings worked the puck deep into the Pens' zone, they re-set as Wilson fired a shot wide, Athanasiou and Nielsen ground the puck into the Pens' zone, Dumoulin could not swipe the puck from Vanek, and Vanek tucked a sneaky little swipe from Letang into Frans Nielsen, who nearly scored on Murray.

Zetterberg drew back in for the deep offensive zone faceoff, Pittsburgh iced the puck at 18:30, and Zetterberg drew in for another offensive zone draw that he was able to tie up and force the Penguins to ice for a second time.

Sheahan drew in for the next faceoff, Ott pushed the puck around the back boards, Jensen walked into a shot that was blocked by Fehr, DeKeyser fired a shot wide, Ott found DeKeyser for another shot that was blocked by the Pens, Sheahan got tied up in the corner and Ruhwedel worked the puck up and out of the Pens' zone...

But Detroit got caught with too many men--and didn't get penalized for it.

The Pens won the draw at the Wings' blueline but Abdelkader mucked the puck out of trouble, Malkin was blocked off by Smith, and the first period ended.

  • The 1st period in summary: The Wings came out with a lot of jump and they were able to capitalize on Penguins mistakes, scoring a pair of workmanlike goals as the Penguins seemed to struggle with Detroit's pace and jam.

Detroit out-shot Pittsburgh 10-9 in the 1st and was out-attempted 18-16; Detroit out-drew Pittsburgh 21-15 (58%).

The 2nd period began with Detroit up 2-1.

Zetterberg drew in for the center ice faceoff and lost it to Crosby, and Letang and Dumoulin set up and fired the puck into the Wings' zone. Detroit's Tatar and Mantha played the puck swept the puck out of trouble and Zetterberg dumped it deep, but the Pens came roaring up the other way and DeKeyser and Jensen combined to clear the zone under heavy pressure. Mantha charged into the Pens' end and was stood up, as was Tatar, and the Pens charged up to center ice.

Mrazek swept the puck around the back boards and as they did so, Crosby and Mantha got into it a bit and sat for slashing at 1:05.

Pittsburgh set up in Detroit's zone on the 4-on-4, and both Ian Cole and Trevor Daley were able to get fine shots on Mrazek as Kronwall got caught looking, but Mrazek made blocker and body stops.

Glendening, Athanasiou, Jensen and DeKeyser set up and sent the puck up to Athanasiou, who sticked into the Pens' end and dumped and changed.

Pittsburgh set up and skated out of their own zone, with Letang head-manning the rush and skating in himself, and Jensen regained the puck and got it to DeKeyser, who dumped the puck up ice to Athanasiou and then Vanek.

Pittsburgh regrouped and Bonino skated into the Wings' zone, but was stood up by Ouellet. Zetterberg came up ice with Tatar, Tatar put his pass into Pens players, but Ouellet got the puck to Zetterberg and he chipped a puck off Murray.

Ouellet set up behind the Wings' net and gave the puck to Larkin, he was stood up, Mantha pushed the puck deep into the Pens' zone, Smith regained control, Sheahan slid the puck deep and he shot the puck off Murray once and then twice. Helm helped battle the puck deep and Sheahan kicked it to Helm, and Ott blocked a Hornqvist pass but Guentzel and Crosby battled the puck into Detroit's zone.

Smith cleared the zone and Sheahan chased, but the Pens dumped the puck down ice and Jensen played it up to Zetterberg, he charged through center, found Tatar, Mantha jammed the puck to Zetterberg, to the point it went by DeKeyser and he found Jensen, Jensen walked deep, Tatar and DeKeyser fired a shot on net and Jensen came back to block off a 2-on-1.

Zetterberg and Mantha charged into the zone and regrouped, and Mantha found Smith for a shot that was blocked off.

The Pens dumped the puck down ice and Ouellet slid the puck up and into the Pens' zone, where Athanasiou blubbed the puck, Malkin went the other way 3-on-2 and he fired a shot wide.

Athanasiou took back over and Nielsen flipped a shot into Murray for a stop 5:36 into the 2nd.

The Wings won the deep offensive zone faceoff but coughed it up to the Pens and had to re-set in their own zone, where Smith and Ouellet worked the puck in deep and Smith's shot was blocked out of play

6:08 into the 2nd, shots were 2-2 in the 2nd and 12-11 Detroit overall; attempts were 23-21 Detroit; faceoffs were 22-18 (55%) Detroit.

After the TV timeout, Frans Nielsen won a faceoff to the point, Sproul pinched to help Athanasiou and Vanek push the puck deep, Athanasiou and Vanek tried to cycle but the Pens took the puck back and dumped it into the Wings' zone.

Kronwall coughed up the puck and Sproul had to bail him out, finding Nielsen in the slot, he turned the puck over, Malkin slid the puck to Wilson and Mrazek made a big stop. Detroit dumped and changed, and the Pens set up, skating into the Wings' zone, ,where Glendening, Smith and Ouellet chipped the puck all the way down ice for an icing call.

Zetterberg drew in for the defensive zone draw and lost it, but Sheahan ground the puck out, Guentzel re-set and skated into the Wings' zone, and Detroit cleared the zone but Pittsburgh battled the puck into the Wings' zone offside.

Helm, Larkin and Abdelkader lost the draw at the Wings' line and DeKeyser and Jensen had to grind the puck out of trouble, but Ian Cole got a heavy shot off that went wide with all sorts of traffic in front of Mrazek.

The Pens continued to cycle but Detroit was able to chip and chase, with Abdelkader heavily hitting Cole, and the Pens were upset that Abdelkader didn't let up.

Detroit won the deep offensive zone draw and Sproul pinched to help Nielsen, Athanasiou and Vanek keep the puck in the zone, but only momentarily, as the Pens chipped and chased, with Kunitz getting worked over by Athanasiou...

When the Penguins swiped the puck, And Sproul was unable to stop Nick Bonino from taking a bounce off the back boards and shoveling it toward the net, Mrazek made an amazing glove save on Bonino.

 

The Penguins won their deep zone faceoff but the Wings took over, with Glendening firing a shot off Murray.

Detroit surrendered a rush off the offensive zone draw and Mrazek had to make a big stop; Detroit went the other way for a moment, but Pittsburgh roared back into Detroit's zone and Crosby fired a shot wide.

Helm reversed the flow and worked with Mantha and a pinching DeKeyser to cycle the puck to the point, where Jensen could not keep the puck in the Pens' zone, but Larkin, Abdelkader and Helm worked the puck into the Pens' zone.

Pittsburgh went offside and another TV timeout hit at 11:15.

As the Wings resumed play, out-shot 6-3 in the period, Pittsburgh beat Sheahan for a defensive blueline faceoff, and the Wings chipped the puck out of play, with Ott finding Glendening and Glendening grinding his way into Pittsburgh's zone, where Daley grabbed him and prevented Glendening from shooting the puck in on Murray, who simply covered up.

Nielsen drew in for an offensive zone faceoff he won to Kronwall, Sproul blasted a shot wide, and Kronwall got spun around at center, but Vanek came back to help the Wings stop Wilson and Bonino, who cycled the puck to the line. Ruhwedel was stopped in his tracks at the Wings' blueline and Pittsburgh went offside.

12:08 into the 2nd, Zetterberg won an offensive blueline faceoff and Tatar and Mantha helped Zetterberg cycle down low, but Tatar fanned on a shot and Jensen got called for tripping Malkin, who sold the call.

Detroit took about 30 seconds to touch up at and Jensen headed off at 12:50.

Pittsburgh won the offensive zone faceoff but Detroit's Glendening cleared the zone, and Pittsburgh regrouped at center. Glendening and Ott afforded Ouellet an easy clear, Glendening swept a puck in on Murray, and the Wings battled the Pens' next chip-in right out and down the ice so that they could change.

Letang skated up for Hornqvist and Mrazek made a big stop, and Hornqvist and Smith had a little post-scrum chat.

The Pens won the next deep offensive zone draw and pushed the puck to Kessel, who was blocked by DeKeyser, and DeKeyser cleared the puck down the ice.

Helm swiped the puck from the Pens' defense, fell over, regained his feet and fired a breakaway shot into Murray;

Crosby and Malkin ground down the puck in the Wings' zone, and Mrazek made a couple of big saves but Detroit made bigger blocks, and Sheahan, Helm and Kronwall were able to get a couple of glorious attempts in which Sheahan was set up for a perfect goal-scoring opportunity that he blubbed--twice.

When the Pens went the other way, Ouellet clamped down on Bonino's stick and he sat down at 15:02 as Bonino's stick broke.

The Pens won the deep offensive zone draw and Glendening, Ott, DeKeyser and Smith set up, they watched the Pens center the puck and Smith was able to clear the puck down ice after the puck rattled around the goal cage.

Bonino and Guentzel set up and got the puck to Kunitz, then the point for Dumoulin, and the Pens went offside, so they set up at center and changed, as did Detroit.

Letang carried the puck in and flicked it deep, Smith chipped the puck around the side boards and down as he hit Hornqvist, and the Pens re-set.

Malkin and Hornqvist went offside and the Wings won the defensive zone blueline draw, blasting the shot down ice.

The Pens chipped and chased with Glendening, Smith, Kronwall and Ott battling on the PK, Letang found Malkin, he missed the net, the pens battled vs. Smith and Glendening, and Ouellet slid the puck to Ouellet as the PK expired, with Jensen pinching and battling the puck to Tatar, and Mantha could not sweep the puck into the net.

Detroit took a center ice draw and the Pens won it, but Jensen got the puck up ice and Detroit ended up icing the puck as they got a little cute.

Detroit drew in for a defensive zone draw and Zetterberg lost it, Jensen and DeKeyser worked it up to Zetterberg, who dumped the puck in wide, Mantha and Tatar negated an icing call, but the Wings lost control of the puck, Kunitz found Bonino, and the puck bounced off of Mrazek wide of the net.

Mantha and Tatar tried to steer the Pens wide and could not, so the Pens dumped the puck in, Mrazek played it up to Athanasiou, then Nielsen, he slid the puck up to Vanek, Vanek reversed and dropped the puck to Smith, his shot was blocked, Kunhackl was blocked off, Nielsen slid the puck to Athanasiou and he deferred shooting to slide the puck to Vanek, who was tied up.

Detroit re-set in their onw zone with Jensen and DeKeyser firing the puck up and into the Pens' zone, where Dumoulin worked the puck up to Crosby, but his linemates went offside.

The Wings won the blueline draw but the Pens blasted the puck into the Wings' zone, Zetterberg and Ouellet and Helm and Abdelkader pushed the puck out of trouble, Pittsburgh set up at center and that was the 2nd period.

  • The 2nd period in summary: The penalty-kills didn't help the Red Wings do much more than afford the Penguins some serious "attack time," but Mrazek was huge and Detroit held tough to keep their 2-1 lead intact.

Detroit was out-shot 10-6 in the 2nd and 19-16 on the night; Detroit was out-attempted 35-32; Detroit out-drew Pittsburgh 30-26 (54%).

The 3rd period began with Zetterberg drawing in against Crosby, who won the opening faceoff, and the Penguins banged the puck around the back boards but Tatar, Zetterberg and Mantha charged up ice, Zetterberg put the puck off the back of the net, and Tatar and Mantha worked the puck to Zetterberg, Zetterberg worked it back to Tatar, and Tatar scored the 3-1 goal.

Tatar made it 3-1 @ 0:27 from Zetterberg and Mantha. Over the pad, under the glove.

Detroit won the bump-up shift faceoff and dumped the puck down ice, icing it. Glendening took the defensive zone faceoff and Ouellet chipped the puck around to Abdelkader, Glendening changed and the Pens pushed the puck back into Detroit's zone, but Nielsen, Athanasiou and Abdelkader ground the puck into the Pens' zone.

Kronwall blocked a Kessel shot and slid it up for Athanasiou coming up with Abdelkader, AA fired a shot blocked wide, and Daley and the Pens broke out, setting up at center ice, where Gaunce and Kunitz worked the puck to the blueline, where nobody stood.

Both teams changed and Helm worked the puck to Sproul, he dumped, the Pens took over, but Vanek swiped the puck, deked and fired the 4-2 goal through Murray.

Vanek made it 4-1 @ 2:16...

But the Penguins won the bump-up shift faceoff, the Penguins got the puck from Jensen, and Crosby shot the puck through Mrazek's legs at 2:23 to make it 4-2.

Crosby made it 4-2 @ 2:23.

Detroit lost the bump-up shift faceoff and the Wings dumped and chased. Pittsburgh set up and slid the puck to center, where Kessel tipped the puck deep, DeKeyser chipped it out to Tatar, he found Zetterberg and then Jensen, the Pens re-took the puck and Mantha dumped the puck off the back boards to Jensen.

Jensen slid the puck to Mantha, he charged into the Pens' zone, Sproul tried to support, as did Glendening and Sheahan, but the Pens worked the puck down low and Smith had to chip so Sheahan and Ott could chase.

Murray played the puck around the back boards and Sheahan and Athanasiou were over-matched, but Sproul got a shot in on Murray and he held on.

The Wings won the offensive zone draw and Sproul hit the outside of the net past Murray;

Pittsburgh went the other way and Nielsen swiped the puck, got it to Athanasiou, Daley blocked him off and Kunitz was blocked as well, so the Pens dumped and chased, Jensen and Helm worked the puck to center, and the Pens chipped and chased again.

Ian Cole worked the puck around to Crosby, Mrazek made a big stop, Larkin blocked a shot, Cole was hacked by Cole on a would-be breakaway and the Pens headed to the box at 5:02.

The Red Wings won the offensive zone faceoff and Abdelkader jammed the puck wide, Kronwall and Nielsen worked the puck to the line, Zetterberg and Mantha tried to help but the Penguins cleared the offensive zone and Detroit set up again.

Zetterberg, Mantha and Kronwall worked to Nielsen, to Kronwall, to Zetterberg, and Kronwall fired a shot off Murray; Mantha and Kronwall found Nielsen, whose shot was blocked and the Pens cleared.

Detroit changed up with 50 remaining on the PP and Athanasiou charged into the zone, reversed flow to Vanek, he found Sproul, Sproul got it to Athanasiou, he cycled to Vanek, Vanek went to Helm, he coughed the puck up and Detroit set up, with Zetterberg firing the puck off Murray to generate a 5-on-3.

Detroit got 13 seconds of 5-on-3 time and the Pens won the defensive zone draw, with Bonino blasting the puck down ice.

So Detroit set up again, with Kronwall, Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Mantha and Nielsen setting up, but the Wings coughed up the puck twice, and Hagelin was able to jam the puck deep, and the Pens chipped the puck back into their own zone, eating up about a minute of PP time.

Tatar and Helm charged up ice with 58 seconds left on the PP, Dumoulin and Cullen were stopped by Vanek at the blueline, Tatar battled the puck to Sproul, he found Larkin, Athanasiou found Sproul and he was hacked at the blueline, pushing the Wings out to center.

Athanasiou lost the puck and Sproul let Kunhackl charge up and into the Wings' zone, and Mrazek made a big stop;

9 minutes into the 3rd, Jensen slid the puck up to Glendening, Ott and Sheahan battled their way through center, and Sheahan took a penalty--a dumb one.

The Pens continued playing and cycled the puck to the blueline, Letang and Dumoulin found Crosby, he looked for Malkin down low, Malkin put the puck to Hagelin and Kessel was stopped by Mrazek as the Pens headed to the PP at 9:47.

Ott ended up going to the box but Sheahan committed the penalty.

Detroit headed to the PK and lost the defensive zone faceoff, Kessel was blocked by Smith, Helm worked the puck out and down and on Murray and the Pens set up.

Helm, Glendening, DeKeyser and Smith worked to stand up at the Wings' blueline and they did so, but Malkin and Hornqvist worked the puck deep, got it to Letang, he cycled to Malkin, to Kessel it went, the Pens worked the umbrella PP formation and a wide shot yielded a Wings clear.

Letang carried the puck up ice himself, got it to Hornqvist, and the Wings battled to set up.

Abdelkader, Nielsen, Ouellet and Jensen set up and Kessel slid the puck into the zone, but Nielsen got it to Abdelkader, he charged into the offensive zone, chipped and chased, and the Pens took over.

Daley found Bonino, he worked deep with Guentzel, Smith swiped the puck and the Wings dumped the puck down ice.

That was the power play, and at 11:55, both teams headed back to even strength.

The Wings threw the Mantha-Zetterberg-Tatar line over the boards with Jensen and Kronwall, and Jensen worked the puck up into the Pens' zone, whee Pittsburgh took over.

Mantha batted a puck to center, Cole set up and Letang charged the puck up and into the Wings' zone, Jensen swiped the puck and worked it to center, where Abdelkader tried to clear. He could not do so but Mantha was on the ice for a long shift and he did clear the zone.

The Penguins charged into Detroit's zone but Sheahan and Athanasiou charged up the ice and AA put the puck off the goalpost;

Pittsburgh went the other way and Bonino fanned on a shot that Detroit tangled and mashed up ice, Crosby and Hornqvist re-set, Guentzel battled the puck to the slot and Nielsen cleared it down ice for Vanek.

Pittsburgh set up as Detroit changed, Sheahan steered Guentzel into Mrazek and Mrazek stopped Crosby as well.

At 14:28, the last TV timeout hit.

Detroit was out-shooting Pittsburgh 6-4 in the 3rd.

The Wings took a defensive zone draw and Mrazek had to grab a Dumoulin shot;

Sheahan won the next draw and the Wings iced the puck;

The third faceoff was won to Smith and he chipped the puck down ice, with the Pens setting up in their zone and Sheahan swiping the puck and sending it into the Pens' zone, where Pittsburgh set up.

Hagelin dumped and the Pens chased, and Tatar headed to the penalty box for high-sticking Hagelin.

Tatar headed to the box for 2 minutes at 15:11, despite Hagelin's nose bleeding.

The Wings won the defensive zone draw and Ott and company cleared the zone.

Ott, Glendening, Smith and DeKeyser set up and worked the puck around the defensive zone, DeKeyser and Ott cleared the zone and Murray had to play the puck to his teammates again.

Letang dropped the puck to Kessel, he dumped and Hornqvist chased, but the Wings cleared the zone again and Murray had to play the puck to his forwards.

Malkin found Guentzel, Jensen steered him away from the puck, and Nick Bonino high-sticked Frans Nielsen at 16:23.

Sheahan drew in for an offensive zone draw and lost it, so the Wings set up 4-on-4.

Helm, Sheahan, Jensen and DeKeyser set up and battled Kunitz out to center;

Crosby skated into the zone, got the puck to Daley, and DeKeyser chipped the puck away from Crosby but right to Dumoulin, and Zetterberg swiped the puck and slid it to Mantha, whose shot was stopped by Murray.

Zetterberg drew in for an offensive zone faceoff on the PP, Tatar pushed the puck to Smith, he cycled to Zetterberg and Mantha, Kronwall held the puck in but it bounced to the Pens, and they had to re-set.

Letang was chased by Tatar, and the Pens headed up on a delayed penalty...And then Carl Hagelin took a penalty as Kronwall was going to go alone, so the teams headed to a 5-on-4 PP at 17:56.

Detroit battled the puck into the Pens' end but Pittsburgh controlled play, and Crosby ground it to center;

Sheahan and Smith set up and slid the puck to Sheahan, he carried the puck into the Pens' zone, he fired the puck wide and Nielsen and Abdelkader ground the puck down low.

Malkin and Crosby charged up ice and Murray headed to the bench as the teams returned to 5-on-5 play, and Malkin slid the puck to Cole at the point, and Mrazek made a big stop.

Crosby and Ott drew in for the defensive zone draw and Ott won it, Zetterberg got the puck to Glendening and he fired the puck into the empty net.

Glendening made it 5-2 @ 19:09. Ott and Zetterberg got the assists.

Pittsburgh won the center ice draw and Jensen battled the puck around the back boards, the Pens held the puck in, Jensen and Ouellet worked the puck up to Abdelkader, he flicked the puck deep and out of play.

Sheahan took a center ice draw with Ott, Glendening, Jensen and Ouellet, the Wings won it to Jensen who dumped it in, Glendening mashed the puck into the corner, the Pens cleared the zone, Ouellet battled heavily and that was the 3rd period.

  • The 3rd period in summary: The Red Wings played with a vicious killer instinct in the 3rd period, scoring 2 quick goals to stifle the Penguins' comeback attempts, and after Crosby made it 4-2, the Wings did a great job of grinding down the Pens despite some penalties taken, and Mrazek remained excellent in goal.
  • Whatever this means over the long-haul is another story, but this weekend's wins feel good, and that's what matters right now.

Detroit out-shot Pittsburgh 8-6 in the 3rd and was out-shot 26-24 overall, attempts were 46-56, and Detroit went 41-34 (55%) on faceoffs.

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Crosby was on ice for 3 of DET’s goals.  I enjoy that perhaps more than anything else.

Posted by Primis on 02/19/17 at 07:07 PM ET

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This might have been one of our best games of the year. We took the lead, and never once trailed throughout the entire contest.

If the team has any illusions at all of making the playoffs, they’re going to need to (a) win against the Isles, and (b) spend their ‘bye week’ working on that power play. Our PP is one hot mess. For as great as Kronwall has been for us through the years, he is clearly badly beaten up and in need of more than just a week work of rest.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/19/17 at 07:22 PM ET

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By winning both week-end games it may not be the best strategy if we want to get a high pick, or to get rid of that bad coach (even after two good wins)

...but it’s sure fun to Watch.

I don’t care about a high pick or else..i want to see them win. Today we played a very good game and matched the Pens for most of the night. i actually thought the Pens Ds look pretty awful today, you don’t give Vanek that much room, he is lethal.

Good win…why not extend that streak to…20 ? 
 

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/19/17 at 07:25 PM ET

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Crosby was on ice for 3 of DET’s goals.  I enjoy that perhaps more than anything else.

Love it. Cindy was her usual whiny self. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 02/19/17 at 07:27 PM ET

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Larkin only 7 minutes…is he that bad ?

Sheahan almost 15 minutes..

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/19/17 at 07:27 PM ET

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Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/19/17 at 06:27 PM ET

I noticed that. I have to wonder why Larkin is apparently in Blash’s dog house. Further, I wonder if the diggers will do more to point that out.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/19/17 at 08:02 PM ET

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Sheahan almost 15 minutes..

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/19/17 at 06:27 PM ET

She was great. For pity sake, give him credit when he earns it. He’s got something good going on with Ott. And Paul Woods was quick to comment on the radio broadcast that 220 lb center men don’t grow on trees, so if you’re in a hurry to see him go, you might be disappointed.

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/19/17 at 08:12 PM ET

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Larkin only 7 minutes…is he that bad ?

Sheahan almost 15 minutes..

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/19/17 at 06:27 PM ET
Further, I wonder if the diggers will do more to point that out.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/19/17 at 07:02 PM ET

The only thing that pissed me off in this game and is getting progressively!  Sure didn’t looked very enthusiastic after Vanek’s goal.

He will be very likely be a big part of our future, Blashill will be a very bad nightmare, out of hockey (the sooner the better IMO).

Otherwise a pretty good all around game by the Wings

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/19/17 at 08:19 PM ET

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So many positives today. Mrazek was magnificent again. Smith was our best dman for the second game in a row, he was just great. Jensen was very good and who knew he has the moves he showed.
Even Abby was good. And Ott with possibly the best game of the season, but honestly he has been good all season long in a role he is given, great on face offs.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/19/17 at 08:35 PM ET

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Not that I’m suggesting anything is going to happen at the trade deadline but…

the 2 best games the Red Wings have played in a very long time and no Ericsson,Nyquist and Green.

Addition by subtraction ??

Now I think you’re beginning to see what I mean by Green changing the teams style of play.  Washington got rid of him and they played better as a team.  Sick for 2 games and now Detroit is playing better as a team.  His days in Detroit are numbered.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/19/17 at 08:37 PM ET

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(b) spend their ‘bye week’ working on that power play.

CBA mandates no practice during ‘bye’ week.

 

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/19/17 at 08:38 PM ET

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great write up G. Two solid wins. Time for a break.

Im going trout fishing….

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 02/19/17 at 08:45 PM ET

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Didn’t see today’s game, but noticed Larkin’s ice time was 7:58….no pp time, or pk ??

His ice time was very limited on Saturday as well.

If this is gonna persist the remainder of the season, why not send him to GR and get some minutes??

Why are Helene ,Ansar, and the other lap dogs asking these questions confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/19/17 at 09:55 PM ET

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So many positives today. Mrazek was magnificent again. Smith was our best dman for the second game in a row, he was just great. Jensen was very good and who knew he has the moves he showed.
Even Abby was good. And Ott with possibly the best game of the season, but honestly he has been good all season long in a role he is given, great on face offs.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/19/17 at 07:35 PM ET

I agree with all of that except for Smith.  He was good today, but absolute garbage against the Caps.  Regardless, these wins have been on the back of our amazing goalie.  The fact that some in Red Wing land are thinking about selling low on Mrazek is absolutely dumbfounding.  Larkin, Mantha, AA, and Mrazek.  Those are the only guys on our roster right now that I wouldn’t trade for anything short of a legit top D-man.  Everyone else needs to be shopped for any half decent forward with size, or a legit top 4 D with a physical edge.  Holland needs to stop dreaming that this team is a playoff team and just start blowing this thing apart before we end up in the worst position possible, i.e. missing the playoffs by a couple of points.

Posted by Wise1 on 02/19/17 at 10:06 PM ET

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How different would our season be if our Power Play was mediocre?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/19/17 at 10:08 PM ET

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Two pretty good wins without Green and Nyquist.

Posted by stateofmifan on 02/19/17 at 10:29 PM ET

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More than one person has suggested the whole ‘zomg we won without nyquist/ericsson/green!’ when, of course the wings beat penguins and canadiets back to back (likely with all three of those players) a month or two ago and still has the propensity to go on 5 game L streaks.

It’s dumb to even joke that the wings are winning just because we lost one or more of those players. Small sample size, and we’very seen this before.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/19/17 at 11:27 PM ET

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For ilh, for the record, I brought it for the sole purpose of stirring the pot. It has been amusing.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/19/17 at 11:30 PM ET

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A decent effort and always feels good to beat the Penguins.

AA, Mantha, Larkin, and Mrazek. Add Jensen, XO, Sproul(yes, Sproul) and DDK and you have a decent D group once you add that # 1 guy. With Russo on the way and a couple more good prospects, this team is not far away, once they start leaning on these kids and start moving out the unproductive vets.

The mid tier guys like Tatar, Nyqvist, Helm, Abby, I could be ok with but they need to move some pieces out, retire or buy out a couple, LTIR one or two.

There are a lot of good parts even now but the contracts KH handed out in recent years are problems and need to sorted out.

Posted by NewfieWing on 02/19/17 at 11:30 PM ET

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So SlimChance is Hockeytown Wax? Why bother with multiple names on here if you’re not going to be s continuous troll? Or are you?

Posted by teldar on 02/20/17 at 08:54 AM ET

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Why do so many people on here talk about LTIR like its this magic trick that the wings dont use. You can not just put a player on LONG TIME INJURED RESERVE. Kronwall is medically cleared to play and as long as he continues to get hurt, recover and get cleared there is nothing you can do except scratch him. Tatar, Nyquist, Abby, none of them are injured so they cant just get put on LTIR. With the contracts and diminshed play they cant be traded so wings are stuck with them and by god well all better hope they play their way out of the funks.

 

Posted by kwood15 on 02/20/17 at 09:31 AM ET

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LTIR one or two.

Posted by NewfieWing on 02/19/17 at 10:30 PM ET

So what? They should go Tonya Harding on a couple guys?

I really don’t understand where people get the idea that you can just LTIR some guys because they’re not playing up to snuff.

1. There’s a cap on the cap hit you can cover (10% of salary cap) and the number of players (I believe it’s 3)

2. LTIR isn’t something you can just do to a player. It’s not waivers. If a player is cleared by medical staff to play, you have to activate him.

So when you’re saying we should LTIR a guy, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 02/20/17 at 10:01 AM ET

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ilovehomers That comment about Green and Nyquist wasn’t put out to draw the conclusion we necessarily better off or can without them but they should constantly have PP spots and TOI minutes locked down.

Posted by stateofmifan on 02/20/17 at 02:31 PM ET

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Personally, I feel Larkin and Jensen should be higher on PP minutes. Larkin had none and Jensen had 00:15 if I read it correctly.

Posted by stateofmifan on 02/20/17 at 02:42 PM ET

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