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by George Malik on 04/11/13 at 10:28 PM ET
They just can't score. I don't know how else to put it. The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks, and with four straight road games coming up, starting with tomorrow night's tilt against Chicago (8:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus), the Wings...
Either couldn't or wouldn't score. Despite a sterling performance by Howard, shootout excluded, and the Wings rallying from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead 2:29 into the 3rd period, the Wings couldn't hold onto their lead, and really, aside from a 14-to-8-shot leading second period, they continue to struggle so incredibly mightily to score goals that it's infuriating, never mind frustrating.
I don't know what to say. I really don't. This could be truly devastating. It's not that the coach isn't doing enough (see: line and defensive changes), it's not that the goalie isn't doing enough...It's that the horses aren't getting the job done, and going 2-4-and-1 over the last seven is simply unacceptable.
Shots 30-29 SJ overall. San Jose out-shot Detroit 5-1 in the 1st, were out-shot 14-8 in the 2nd, out-shot Detroit 10-8 in the 3rd and shots were tied 1-1 in OT.
San Jose 1-for-4 in 7:06 of PP time; Wings 1-for-4 in 6:25.
Howard stopped 28 of 30; Niemi stopped 27 of 29.
The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and they were Logan Couture, Jimmy Howard and Patrick Marleau.
The Wings' goals: Abdelkader (8) from Franzen (16) and Smith (6);
Kindl (4) fro Zetterberg (28) and Datsyuk (26), PPG.
Faceoffs 38-28 Sharks (42% won by Detroit);
Blocked shots 17-10 San Jose;
Missed shots 15-13 San Jose (total attempts 59-55 Detroit, with Detroit firing 29 on net and 30 wide/blocked);
Hits 31-25 Detroit;
Giveaways a staggering 12-6 Detroit;
Takeaways 7-4 Detroit.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-10 (50%); Zetterberg went 5-and-10 (33%); Filppula went 7-and-7 (50%); Emmerton went 3-and-5 (38%); Andersson went 2-and-2 (50%); Franzen went 0-and-3; miller went 1-and-1.
Shots: Kindl led the team with 4 shots; Abdelkader, Brunner and Filppula had 3; Datsyuk, Emmerton Quincey, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 2; Cleary, Miller, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Andersson and Franzen had 1.
Blocked attempts: Filppula, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Kindl,Cleary, Datsyuk, Eaves, Emmerton, Quincey and Zetterberg had single attempts blocked.
Missed shots: Kindl, Datsyuk, Eaves and Filppula missed the net 2 times; Smith, Brunner, Emmerton, Zetterberg and Franzen had single attempts blocked.
Hits: Abdelkader was credited with 8 hits; Cleary had 4; Eaves had 3; Kindl, Datsyuk, Miller, Quincey and Zetterberg had 2; Emmerton, Ericsson, Kronwall, Andersson, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1.
Giveaways: Datsyuk had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Eaves, Miller, Brunner, Zetterberg, Filppula, Kronwall, Andersson and Franzen had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Nyquist had 2 takeaways; Smith, Cleary, Eaves, Brunner and Emmerton had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Smith blocked 4 shots; Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 2; Miller and Emmerton blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Smith, Cleary, Eaves and Ericsson took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished even. Brunner, Zetterberg and Kronwall finished at -1; Smith, Abdelkader and Quincey were +1.
Points: Abdelkader and Kindl scored goals; Smith, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 27:27 played; Zetterberg played 23:41; Ericsson played 23:27;
Quincey played 22:21; Datsyuk played 20:18; Smith played 18:47;
Franzen played 18:44; Filppula played 18:40; Kindl played 18:00;
Cleary played 17:06; Cleary played 16:49; Miller played 16:14;
Abdelkader played 14:38; Nyquist played 14:14; Emmerton played 13:02;
Andersson played 10:53; Eaves played 10:36; Brunner played 8:52.
Update: Here's a slate of game highlights:
And here's the shootout:
For the record: Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels said that Calle Jarnkrok and Tomas Jurco took in the game. The Wings couldn't play Jarnkrok if they'd wanted to as the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation forbade him from playing in NHL games.
Update #2: The Wings' website posted clips of Henrik Zetterberg...
And Mike Babcock speaking to the media:
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