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by George Malik on 03/23/14 at 10:24 PM ET
Updated with videos and stuff at 11:25 PM: I don't even know. I don't even know how to put this one together.
The Red Wings, playing their 5th game in 8 nights, and getting ready for a stretch of 4 in 6, played incredibly mentally tired and sometimes downright lackadaisical hockey en route to blowing yet another 2-0 lead and yet another 3rd period lead to the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-3 in overtime...
But the point is essential in terms of the Wild Card standings, and while the Wings split their home-and-home series...Given that the team was out-shot 25-16, given that the Wings won all of 37% of their faceoffs, given that the Wild had 49 shot attempts to the Wings' 36...
Well, *#$%@& it, the Wings still should have won, and if Mikko Koivu had been called for slashing Niklas Kronwall's stick on the game-tying goal, things might have been different, if Zach Parise had been called for any of the shit he gave to Luke Glendening, it would've been different, and if Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl could play competent defense, perhaps Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar would have had some playing company.
During an evening where the Red Wings surrendered territory like nobody's business, they allowed the Wild to literally walk into the zone, set up and all but camp out in front of Howard and cycle away, and at the other end of the ice, when Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Drew Miller are by far your best offensive line, you're in trouble.
The Wings got out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of beautiful Nyquist goals...
And Howard did this kind of stuff all night long...
But this goal was allowed to stand despite Mikko Koivu BLATANTLY breaking Niklas Kronwall's stick...
After Zach Parise took the lead, Tomas Tatar tied it up...
But in addition to taking a stupid delay-of-game penalty as the refs chose to "let 'em play" in the second and 3rd periods, Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl stood and stared as Jonas Brodin and Matt Moulson scored the gamer 2:15 into OT, with the Wings having barely rope-a-doped their way into a single point because they were clearly incredibly mentally and physically tired--and out-worked, too:
Jimmy Howard, who was at fault on none of the goals, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and the Hands of Uranium line were masterful. They played their hearts out.
But their teammates didn't hold up their end of the, "We also have to earn a win" bargain, and as such, the Wings' Tuesday tilt against Columbus (on FSD in Metro Detroit but NBCSN or TSN2 elsewhere) becomes GIGANTIC despite the Blue Jackets' 2-0 loss to the Isles today, and while the Leafs lost 3-2 toe New Jersey, the standings still do the Wings no favors.
As such, earning 3 out of 4 points against Minnesota this weekend still means that the Wings really, really ought to win 3 of their 4 games this week--against Columbus on Tuesday, home against Montreal on Thursday, in Toronto on Saturday and against Tampa next Sunday.
Despite the heroics of a few players, this game earns a, "Shame on all of you" verdict because the Wings were up 2-1 going into the 3rd and because Jimmy Howard--as we've seen far too often this year--didn't get any "run support."
That, and Lashoff and Kindl were just awful far too regularly, and the Wings can't afford to play 4 defensemen for the balance of the season. But this is on the team, everybody, and it sucks.
Here's the Howard on FSD clip:
Shots 25-16 Minnesota overall. The Wild out-shot Detroit 12-6 in the 1st period, 7-4 in the 2nd period, they were out-shot 6-5 in the 3rd and the Wild had the only shot in overtime.
Special teams: Minnesota went 1-for-3 in 4:10 of PP time; Detroit went 1-for-2 in 3:49 of PP time.
Goaltending: Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 13 of 16 for Minnesota; Jimmy Howard stopped 21 of 25 for Detroit.
The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Jimmy Howard, Ryan Suter and Matt Moulson.
The Red Wings' goals: Nyquist (22) from Kronwall (37) and Alfredsson (26), PPG;
Nyquist (23) from Tatar (14);
Tatar (16) from Smith (14).
Faceoffs 34-20 Minnesota (Detroit won 37%);
Blocked shots 12-8 Detroit;
Missed shots 12-12 (total attempts 47-36 Minnesota, with Detroit firing 16 shots ON Bryzgalov and 20 wide/blocked);
Hits 29-21 Detroit;
Giveaways 7-6 Detroit;
Takeaways 2-1 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Legwand went 2-and-11 (15%); Glendening went 6-and-7 (46%); Sheahan went 7-and-4 (64%); Andersson went 2-and-5 (29%); Helm went 1-and-3 (25%); Franzen went 2-and-1 (67%); Emmerton went 0-and-2 (0%); Tatar lost his only faceoff.
Shots: Nyquist and Miller had 3 shots; Kindl, Sheahan, Legwand, Andersson, Tatar, Ferraro, Glendening, Helm, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Helm fired 2 shots into Wild players; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Tatar, Lashoff, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Smith, Nyquist and Quincey missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Legwand, Andersson, Miller, Glendening and Helm fired 1 attempt wide.
Hits: Glendening led the Wings with 4 hits; Smith, Sheahan, Miller, Ferraro and Helm had 3 hits; Tatar, Kronwall and Franzen had 2; Kindl, Legwand, Andersson and Quincey had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Both Smith and Alfredsson had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Ferraro and Helm had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Miller and Tatar had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Legwand, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith, Kindl, Sheahan, Miller, Lashoff and Glendening blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Legwand, Lashoff and Quincey took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -4. Miller, Lashoff and Helm finished at -2; Alfredsson, Legwand, Glendening, DeKeyser and Franzen finished at -1; Smith finished at +1; Nyquist, Sheahan and Tatar finished at +2.
Points: Nyquist had 2 goals; Tatar had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Smith and Alfredsson had assists; Kronwall had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:46 played; DeKeyser played 22:23; Smith played 21:23;
Quincey played 19:58; Legwand played 19:48; Franzen played 19:01;
Alfredsson played 18:53; Kindl played 18:47; Miller played 18:29;
Glendening played 18:10; Helm played 17:11; Lashoff played 16:11;
Nyquist played 16:08; Tatar played 15:43; Sheahan played 14:33;
Andersson played 11:06; Emmerton played 7:02; Ferraro played 6:49.
Update: Currich5 on YouTube posted Mike Yeo's post-game presser...
As well as comments from Charlie Coyle...
And Jimmy Howard:
The Red Wings' website posted a highlight clip...
And post-game comments from Howard...
And coach Mike Babcock:
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