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Red Wings-Coyotes Game 2 quick take: Style points don’t count, but they could help my blood pressure
by George Malik on 04/16/11 at 06:33 PM ET
Updated with weird prospect news: The Detroit Red Wings stalked out a 4-0 lead against the Phoenix Coyotes before falling victim to some undisciplined play and referees rather obviously looking for some even-ups, and then gave up three power play goals but emerged with a 4-3 win over the Coyotes because the Wings held tough on yet another long 5-on-3 kill—a kill that happened amidst the 3 3rd-period penalties called against Detroit to none for Phoenix—and because the Wings’ players, for the most part, played as grittily as Johan Franzen’s stitched-up face looks.
The game wasn’t good for Wings fans’ blood pressure as we all had to hold on pretty tightly to the stress train, myself included, and yes, the Coyotes have some stuff to build on, but if you’re subjective like me and argue that the Wings earned half their penalties and were the subject of “even-ups” the other half of the time, and that you had to know the Coyotes were going to come and simply believe that the Wings have to play better over the course of 60 minutes—and have as many areas upon which they can say that they feel positive about their play and confident going into Phoenix as the Coyotes can say about going home down 0-2…
Then the 4-3 win was a little too close, but the margin simply doesn’t matter when your team hangs on and makes it 2-0, especially when Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard, goals against included, have been so lights-out fantastic.
Interestingly, Johan Franzen—who took 23 stitches, probably has a broken nose and owns a newly-chipped tooth to boot—argued that Shane Doan hit him in the numbers, and that he was high-sticked by a Coyotes defenseman at the same time, but refused to talk further about the hit lest he incur supplemental discipline; Dave Tippett countered by suggesting that it was Franzen’s fault, that Franzen should have protected himself, whereas Darren Helm’s hit on Ed Jovanovski (“day to day with an upper-body injury”) is exactly the kind of play the NHL needs to crack down upon…While Mike Babcock, who refused to comment regarding the officiating specifically, other than to say that the team needs to play with more discipline and then hope that they don’t take so many penalties, suggested that neither hit was a penalty-worthy offense, with Franzen “toe-picking” and getting hit and Jovanovski looking and seeing Helm coming before turning toward the boards.
I’m gonna refrain from comments regarding Doan or one Martin Hanzal sticking his right leg between Jimmy Howard’s legs, in the crease, on the Coyotes’ 4-2 goal, because like Franzen, I don’t want to incur a $1,000 fine.
Overall, the Wings were sloppy, yes, but as much as the Coyotes can suggest that this game gives them a sure blueprint for success going home to Phoenix, their “best player,” Ilya Bryzgalov, remains very vulnerable, the Red Wings are actually out-hitting the Coyotes, when the Wings do get rare power plays, they’ve been just as lethal as the Coyotes and, as the team heads to Phoenix this afternoon and the reporters slowly start filing recaps before leaving as well (I’ll start an in-progress recap thread in a few hours)...
Sometimes you have to take a win, warts and all, and just not spend too much time, energy and effort panicking about the Wings’ faults for 48 hours when the Wings themselves are already well aware of the points upon which they must improve. Take a deep breath, take your blood pressure or anti-anxiety medication (the 2nd count is true for me), and do what the Wings are doing—taking the win and running with it.
Shots: 33-31 Phoenix overall, breaking down as 9-8 Detroit in the 1st period, 14-12 Phoenix in the 2nd period and 11-10 Phoenix in the 3rd period.
Phoenix went 2-for-7 in 5:20 of PP time, including 1-for-1 in 1:50 of 5 on 3 time.
Detroit went 2-for-5 in 3:30 of PP time, including 0-for-1 in 13 seconds of 5 on 3 time. The Wings were called for the game’s last 3 penalties.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27 of 31 shots; Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 33.
The 3 stars, per the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema, were Tomas Holmstrom, Shane Doan and Pavel Datsyuk.
Our goals: Datsyuk (2) from Lidstrom (1) and Bertuzzi (1), PP;
Rafalski (2) from Datsyuk (1) and Holmstrom (2), PP;
Helm (1) from Datsyuk (2) and Lidstrom (2);
Holmstrom (1) from Filppula (2) and Datsyuk (3).
Faceoffs: 38-21 Detroit (64%);
Blocked shots: 13-11 Detroit;
Missed shots: 17-5 Detroit (total attempts 59-52 Detroit);
Hits: 41-38 Detroit;
Giveaways: 6-5 Phoenix;
Takeaways: 10-6 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 16-and-4 (80%); Abdelkader went 9-and-6 (60%); Filppula went 7-and-2 (78%); Draper went 4-and-5 (44%); Cleary won 2 faceoffs; Eaves lost 2 faceoffs; Helm and Franzen lost their only faceoffs.
Shots: Datsyuk, Rafalski and Ericsson led the team with 4 shots; Bertuzzi had 3; Abdelkader, Franzen and Holmstrom had 2; Lidstrom, Cleary, Eaves, Miller, Salei, Hudler, Draper, Helm, Filppula and Kronwall had 1.
Blocked attempts: Datsyuk had 3 shot attempts blocked by Coyotes players; Stuart hit Coyotes players 2 times, as did Kronwall; Cleary, Miller, Salei and Rafalski had single shot attempts blocked.
Missed shots: Datsyuk missed the net 4 times; Bertuzzi missed the net 3 times; Holmstrom missed the net 2 times; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Eaves, Hudler, Rafalski, Draper, Filppula and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Kronwall led the team with 7 hits;Draper had 4; Miller, Stuart, Hudler, Rafalski, Helm and Ericsson had 3; Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Eaves and Franzen had 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Filppula had 1.
Giveaways: Stuart, Rafalski, Kronwall, Holmstrom and Howard had giveaways.
Takeaways: Datsyuk had 3 takeaways; Lidstrom had 2 takeaways; Cleary, Eaves, Miller, Draper and Franzen had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 4 shots; Datsyuk blocked 3; Salei blocked 2; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Draper and Ericsson blocked 1.
Penalty minutes: Cleary, Helm, Filppula and Franzen took 2 minor penalties apiece; Bertuzzi took 1 minor penalty.
Plus-minus: Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Stuart and Holmstrom finished at +2; Helm and Filppula finished at +1.
Points: Datsyuk had 1 goal and 3 assist for 4 points; Holmstrom had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Lidstrom had 2 assists; Rafalski and Helm had goals; Bertuzzi and Filppula had assists.
Ice time: Rafalski led the team with 22:17 played; Kronwall played 21:52; Datsyuk played 21:42;
Stuart played 21:24; Ericsson played 21:23; Cleary played 19:50;
Lidstrom played 19:16 as Babcock rested him in the 3rd period; Bertuzzi played 18:12; Abdelkader played 17:59;
Filppula played 13:58; Salei played 13:48; Holmstrom played 12:55;
Eaves played 12:17; Helm played 11:41; Franzen played 10:22;
Miller played 10:07; Draper played 9:33; Hudler played 8:47.
Update 5:20 PM: Um, okay, per the Red Wings:
RED WINGS REASSIGN SEVERAL PLAYERS TO AHL’S GRIFFINS
… Eight ‘Black Aces’ Now Remain with the Club ...
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that several players have been reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. A complete list of players who have been reassigned can be found below:
Eight Griffins players now remain with the Red Wings, serving in the capacity of ‘Black Aces’ (playoff reserves). These prospects and veteran AHLers will practice after/before the Red Wings every day and will be on hand to dress for an NHL post-season game should the need arise.
Currently leading their Western Conference Quarterfinal showdown with the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0, Detroit’s 2011 playoff schedule continues on Monday night at Arizona’s Glendale Arena (10:30 p.m. – FS Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Detroit’s next possible home game would be the series’ fifth game on Friday, April 22 (puck drop – 7:00 p.m.)
I’m guessing that Ilari Filppula will play for Finland at the World Championships, and Joakim Andersson will play for Sweden, but as to whether these gents are done for the year or are just staying in Detroit because you can only fit so many people on the team plane, I don’t know.
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