The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/05/11 at 01:23 AM ET
The Red Wings rallied from a 1-0 deficit, got key goals on the power play, got to Antti Niemi, had their forecheck going, worked their butts off, played on even ground with the Sharks…and a fanned shot by Devin Setoguchi and a tip off Brian Rafalski’s stick…Yielded a 4-3 San Jose OT win and a very probable handshake line either on Friday or Sunday, thanks to one of their playoff nemeses in Devin Setoguchi, who had a hat trick.
The Red Wings face nearly insurmountable odds against the Sharks after losing yet another one-goal game and yet another overtime game after blowing a power play.
The Wings insist that they simply have to win the next game, but at this point, it feels like 1999-2000, when the Wings bumped into an “equal” team in the Colorado Avalanche, twice, and lost, twice. They endured another setback in 2001 before winning the Cup in 2002, and there’s no doubt in my mind that you’re simply not going to see many changes if the Wings are swept…But the puck luck hasn’t been with the Wings. The bounces haven’t been with the Wings. It’s tight but the Sharks are winning by that slim margin and it doesn’t look good right now.
This team won’t be scrapped if they lose. The personnel will largely return, with a few exceptions (Salei and Modano will exit, Mursak will enter, and who knows what the future holds for Draper or Osgood), and the if the Wings shake hands with the Sharks on Friday, you should assume that a very similar team will attempt to overcome the Sharks next year at this time.
Shots 41-38 Detroit overall, breaking down as 12-11 Detroit in the 1st period, 14-8 Detroit in the 2nd period, 16-8 San Jose in the 3rd period and 7-3 Detroit in OT.
The Wings went 2-for-4 in 6:38 of PP time; the Sharks went 2-for-4 in 5:35 of PP time.
Howard stopped 34 of 38; Niemi stopped 38 of 41.
The Wings’ goals: Lidstrom (2) from Zetterberg (1) and Holmstrom (4);
Eaves (3) from Helm (3) and Draper (1);
Datsyuk (3) from Zetterberg (2) and Lidstrom (3).
The 3 stars, per Pierre LeBrun, are Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Devin Setoguchi.
Faceoffs 35-31 San Jose (47% won by Detroit);
Blocked shots 24-11 San Jose;
Missed shots 16-11 Detroit (total attempts 81-60 Detroit);
Hits 36-20 Detroit;
Giveaways 9-4 Detroit;
Takeaways 13-5 Detroit.
Faceoffs Datsyuk went 13-and-6 (68%); Zetterberg went 6-and-10 (38%); Filppula went 5-and-6 (45%); Draper went 2-and-2 (50%); Helm went 2-and-2 (50%); Abdelkader went 1-and-3 (25%); Eaves went 0-and-2; Franzen went 0-and-2; Cleary went 1-and-1; Hudler went 1-and-1.
Shots: Datsyuk, Salei and Hudler co-led the team with 5 shots; Ericsson had 4; Abdelkader, Rafalski and Holmstrom had 3; Lidstrom, Eaves, Stuart, Bertuzzi and Franzen had 2; Cleary, Zetterberg and Kronwall had 1.
Blocked attempts: Eaves had 4 shot attempts blocked by Sharks players, as did Kronwall; Cleary and Franzen had 3 shot attempts blocked; Salei, Rafalski and Zetterberg had 2 shot attempts blocked; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Filppula and Ericsson had 1 shot attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Salei and Rafalski missed the net 3 times; Abdelkader missed the net 2 times; Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Eaves, Hudler, Zetterberg, Helm, Franzen and Holmstrom missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Datsyuk and Bertuzzi had 5 hits; Cleary and Helm had 4; Hudler and Kronwall had 3; Abdelkader, Eaves and Franzen had 2; Stuart, Salei, Rafalski, Draper, Filppula and Ericsson had 1.
Giveaways: Stuart, Ericsson and Kronwall ahd 2 giveaways; Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Bertuzzi had 1.
Takeaways: Helm had 3 takeaways; Datsyuk had 2; Cleary, Rafalski, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Kronwall, Franzen and Holmstrom had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 3 shots; Datsyuk blocked 2; Lidstrom, Eaves, Salei, Rafalski, Zetterberg and Ericsson blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Hudler, Rafalski, Draper and Helm took minor penalties.
Points: Zetterberg had 2 assists; Lidstrom had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Datsyuk and Eaves had goals; Draper, Helm and Holmstrom had assists.
Plus-minus: Rafalski and Ericsson were -2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Zetterberg and Franzen were -1; Salei, Draper and Kronwall were +1.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 25:02 played; Lidstrom played 23:59; Stuart played 23:18;
Zetterberg played 23:09; Rafalski played 22:57; Datsyuk played 22:26;
Ericsson played 22:18; Salei played 21:08; Franzen played 20:08;
Filppula played 19:54; Holmstrom played 19:23; Cleary played 19:22;
Bertuzzi played 17:03; Hudler played 16:54; Abdelkader played 14:00;
Helm played 11:44; Eaves played 9:48; Draper played 8:53.
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