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Red Wings-Senators quick take: Wings lose at the lumber yard

I'm going to let you guys figure this one out. The Detroit Red Wings out-shot Ottawa 17-7 in the 1st period, surrendered two goals, one assisted by Quincey's foot and another scored by Smith's skate, and then it turned into a *#$%@& lumber yard--including a Smith-Chris Neil fight and the CBC accusing Pavel Datsyuk of diving after he got elbowed in the jaw--and the "young" Wings allowed themselves to be distracted by the stupidity committed by both teams (but mostly the Senators: see also Darren Helm and Johan Franzen being hacked on unprotected legs, no calls, dives alleged)...

And the Wings lost the special teams battle, surrendering what was the gamer to Bobby, "I'll dive when I want to" Ryan 3:51 into the 3rd, after a long set of late-second-period-and-early-3rd 5 on 3 time that involved neither butts in front of Robin Lehner nor shooting from anyone not named Kronwall as a power play with absolutely no confidence did what it tends to do in endlessly deferring to its defense.

As such, the Wings lost 4-2, and are 1-for-9 and 1-for-10 at the Joe, too.

Jimmy Howard tried to change things up by wearing last year's mask, but the Wings got roped in by the Senators' shenanigans and ended up doing a better job of deflecting pucks past their own goalie than they did the opponent.

Was this earned? Was it two points stolen? Two points stupid? Or one team abandoning pucks to the net and butts in front when the refs lost their sense and their opponents made a calculated risk in losing their minds in a manner with which the Wings weren't familiar?

To me, it was the Wings abandoning their game plan and their of-late-learned simple, urgent and smart game as the Senators just beat the *#$%@& out of 'em. If the Wings did anything very poorly, they started looking for the hits instead of taking the puck to the net and drawing penalties instead.

This was the best part of the game, and it was dumb:

Now we'll have to find out what happened to Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary, who barely played in the 3rd, and hope that the Sabres can be pounced upon tomorrow.

I don't agree with this idiot, but appearances are deceiving, especially when you've been on the receiving end of more than a few Cowen-on-Datsyuk elbows:

Nyquist is here and Tootoo won't be coming back. The Wings have to get their damn blueprint tattooed to their asses if necessary, but for *#$%@&'s sake, this leg-humping bullshit is stupid...

But you've got to play through it. You've got to keep shooting, you've got to keep driving to the net, and you've got to fight through it.

This time it's not just Howard who's "owed"--a week from tomorrow, the Wings need to get one for Alfie, too, especially against this asshat-led menagerie of goons, punks, thugs and dickwads.

The Wings needed more of this:

Update: From FSD: Babcock said that the Kronwall call was "awful" but felt that otherwise the result was deserved. He felt that the Wings needed to execute and not break down...He felt that when the Wings made msicues they went in their net, the Senators barely touched the puck in the 1st but pucks went into the net.

Babcock claims that Cleary was simply not playing due to PP and PK in the 3rd. He says he didn't think much of the fight, there's no reason for Smith to fight Neil unless he wanted to.

Gustavsson starts tomorrow, and Kindl's diagnosis was, "Something with his hip."

Update #2: Oy.

Update #3: Jeff Riger asks Samuelsson if the Wings fell into the Senators' trap and he says, "You're right, they got the game the way they wanted it, and they got away with some penalties and got some they deserved, and we couldn't score on the power plays."


Shots 36-29 Detroit. Detroit out-shot Ottawa 17-7 in the 1st, were out-shot 11-6 in the 2nd and out-shot Ottawa 13-11 in the 3rd.

Special teams: Detroit went 1-for-6 in 11:01 of PP time, including 1-for-3 in 3:45 of 5 on 3 time; Ottawa went 1-for-8 in 13:30 of PP time, including 1-for-1 in 1:15 of 5 on 3 time.

Goaltending: Robin Lehner stopped 34 of 36 shots; Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 29.

The 3 stars were picked by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, and he picked Bobby Ryan, Robin Lehner and Clarke MacArthur.

The Wings' goals: Helm (4) from Tatar (4) and Kindl (8), PPG;

Datsyuk (12) from Kronwall (12) and Zetterberg (17).

Faceoffs 42-40 Ottawa (Detroit won 49%);

Blocked shots 10-9 Ottawa;

Missed shots 13-10 Detroit (total attempts 59-48 Detroit, with Detroit firing 36 on Lehner and 23 wide/blocked);

Hits 27-15 Ottawa;

Giveaways 6-6;

Takeaways 6-6.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 14-and-15 (48%); Helm went 9-and-12 (43%); Andersson went 10-and-9 (53%); Zetterberg went 7-and-4 (64%); Samuelsson lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Smith led the Wings in shots with 6; Zetterberg and Kronwall had 4; Abdelkader and Franzen had 3; Datsyuk, Nyquist, Miller and Quincey had 3; Andersson, Tatar, Samuelsson, Helm, Ericsson and Weiss had 1.

Blocked attempts: Tatar had 3 attempts blocked by Senators players; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Helm had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 4 times; Smith and Kronwall fired 2 shots wide; Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Lashoff and Quincey fired 1 shot wide.

Hits: Abdelkader led the Wings with 5 hits; Quincey and Franzen had 2; Kindl, Datsyuk, Miller, Lashoff, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1.

Giveaways: Ericsson had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Tatar, Cleary and Franzen had 1.

Takeaways: Nyquist, Miller, Lashoff, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Weiss had takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Miller and Quincey blocked 2 Senators shots; Smith, Datsyuk, Andersson, Lashoff and Helm blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Smith took a major for fighting; Quincey took a double minor; Nyquist, Tatar, Helm, Ericsson, Kronwall, Cleary and Howard took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -10. Quincey finished at -2; Smith, ,Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar, Zetterberg, Helm, Ericsson and Franzen finished at -1.

Points: Helm and Datsyuk scored goals; Kindl, Tatar, Zetterberg and Kronwall had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 26:11 played; Ericsson played 20:57; Zetterberg played 19:34;

Datsyuk played 19:18; Quincey played 18:28; Franzen played 17:49;

Nyquist played 16:25; Smith played 16:21; Helm played 14:59;

Miller played 14:21; Andersson played 14:13; Lashoff played 14:12;

Kindl played 13:28; Abdelkader played 13:09; Cleary played 11:27;

Weiss played 11:18; Tatar played 11:17; Samuelsson played 9:18.

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Mandingo's avatar

One of the most disappointing regular season loss of my lifetime.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/23/13 at 11:18 PM ET


Nothing like a bold kick while the Wings are down from Roenick.  Maybe Cheli can show him what a cup ring looks like.

Posted by maltby18 on 11/23/13 at 11:25 PM ET

Chet's avatar


Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/23/13 at 11:28 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

The real disappointment to me was the fact that there was no reaction whatsoever to the Sens trying to hurt Datsyuk.

I mean…what do you say to that? How do you let that go?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/23/13 at 11:29 PM ET

Chet's avatar

oops. ignore above.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/23/13 at 11:32 PM ET

Chet's avatar

howard wasn’t good enough. quincey looked like a peewee.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/23/13 at 11:35 PM ET

gowings's avatar

can someone clarify this for me? If the playoffs starts tonight, the Wings would make it to the 8th seed right? You take the top 3 in each division and then add the top 2? If so, TSN should stop ranking the way they do…..it’s misleading no….I mean, we would not finish in 6th technically in rankings?




Or maybe it’s the combination of the flu and alcohol that makes this too hard for me to understand lol

Posted by gowings from MTL on 11/23/13 at 11:48 PM ET


I hope they learned something from this one. Instead of feeling great from a hard fought win, we’re all listening to accusations of diving and wondering about injuries.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 11/23/13 at 11:51 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

The real disappointment to me was the fact that there was no reaction whatsoever to the Sens trying to hurt Datsyuk.

I mean…what do you say to that? How do you let that go?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/23/13 at 10:29 PM ET

That was very disturbing. Someone should have at least tried to exact some punishment no matter how futile the results would have been.  And, once again Babcock thinks he is blameless. Is there no honor on this Team?

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 11/23/13 at 11:56 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Is there no honor on this Team?

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/23/13 at 10:56 PM ET

NO !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 11/23/13 at 11:57 PM ET

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When was the last time any of us saw three suspendable offenses get completely ignored by the refs. There were two “deliberate intent to injure” incidents (on slashes to the calves of Helm and Franzen) and the blatant elbow to Pavel’s head. At least two of those took place right in front of either a ref or a linesman.

It’s been a long time (probably back to the Wings-Ducks playoff series some years ago) since I’ve seen such absolutely vicious play by a Wings opponent. The fact that Paul MacLean is behind the Sens bench makes it an even bigger slap in the face. Until tonight, I had a lot of respect for the guy. But that’s all gone now.

Sens upset about Wings’ diving. MacArthur: “I don’t know if their skate sharpener was broken or what.”

I personally volunteer to demonstrate to Mr. MacArthur how a slash to his calf or an elbow to his head can result in a “dive.” Of course, I’d still have to explain it to him afterwards because, based on his comment, he’s obviously not very bright.

Now we’ll have to find out what happened to…Daniel Cleary, who barely played in the 3rd

Daniel Cleary has barely played in the 23 games in which he’s suited up. And if Kindl has a minor injury and no replacement can be called up because of the cap, everyone will see what a disaster Cleary’s signing was last summer. Well, everyone but Kenny and Babcock who will still spout the company line of “veteran leadership.”

Personally, where Cleary is concerned, I’d be more disposed to call it “veteran leadersh!t.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/24/13 at 12:39 AM ET

FaithfulRedWingFan's avatar

Hi George,

I’ve followed the Red Wings since the 1987-88 season and although I’ve lived in Chicago for 21 yrs., I start every day the same way - by reading the Detroit newspaper sports pages (since the Internet went live). I remember when you blogged on MLive.com and then last year I found you again on Kukla’s Korner. I still enjoy your blog immensely and your blog is one of the first pages I check every single morning. You write a clear narrative and fine analyses of the games. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your due diligence and keep up the excellent work!!

FaithfulRedWingFan grin

Posted by FaithfulRedWingFan on 11/24/13 at 12:49 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Trying to keep on keepin’ on. Thank you.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/24/13 at 01:02 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Well, well, well.  That was not exactly professional officiating, was it boys and girls.  It looks as if the stripes were trying to be fair and balanced and thus defied logic.  They lost control with about 7 minutes to go in the first.  They were sharp enough to realize that this had happened with less than 5 to go, so they started calling every little thing.

On the last Ottawa power play, I would have had my team standing along the boards and let the dirty guys skate around on their own. 

Do I not remember people here and on the other major board ranting about how Tootoo was not really a tough guy?  You betcha I do.

Anyway, I hope the three blatant attempts to injure are reviewed and the perps suspended for a game or two.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 11/24/13 at 01:03 AM ET

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