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by George Malik on 11/23/13 at 11:13 PM ET
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.
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