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by George Malik on 05/08/11 at 11:40 PM ET
Hello, San Jose. Your team had a 2-0 and 3-1 leads, out-shot the Wings 42-22, and oh look, the Red Wings defeated your Sharks 4-3 on grit, heart, will and determination. As the announcers and Twitterverse piled it on and Johan Franzen (ankle) sat on the bench due to his sore ankle, the Wings just pushed, pushed, pushed and succeeded. Howard proved that he’s no playoff fluke, Cleary, Datsyuk, Holmstrom, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Kronwall—who Kronwalled and is clearly in the heads of more than a few Sharks, as is Abdelkader—did his thing, Lidstrom led, even Jonathan Ericsson found the back of the net and the Wings decided that they’d like to continue playing hockey, and so we will.
The Wings didn’t even play nearly their best game by any stretch of the imagination—the Sharks truly dominated at times—but the Wings prevailed because they wanted it more.
In the words of Mike Babcock, now it will get tighter and tighter, or as Kris Draper so succinctly put it, Game 6 is, “Where it gets interesting.”
Update: Kronwalled? Oh yes.
Not a bad goal by Cleary:
Homer, via Paul:
Shots 42-22 San Jose, breaking down as 16-7 San Jose in the 1st period, 14-9 San Jose in the 2nd period nad 12-6 San Jose in the 3rd period.
The Wings went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time; the Sharks went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time.
Howard stopped 39 of 42 shots; Niemi stopped 18 of 22.
The 3 stars, per Dan Rusanowsky, were Jimmy Howard, Joe Pavelski and Pavel Datsyuk.
The Wings’ goals: Kronwall (2) from Datsyuk (8) and Stuart (1);
Ericsson (1) from Zetterberg (5) and Datsyuk (9);
Cleary (2) from Kronwall (3) and Bertuzzi (4);
Holmstrom (3) from Lidstrom (4) and Datsyuk (10).
Faceoffs 30-29 San Jose (Wings won 49%);
Blocked shots 20-17 San Jose;
Missed shots 14-7 San Jose (total shot attempts 73-49 San Jose);
Hits 25-21 Detroit;
Giveaways 20-13 San Jose;
Takeaways 11-6 San Jose.
Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 16-and-9 (64%); Filppula went 4-and-8 (33%); Helm went 4-and-6 (40%); Cleary went 4-and-2 (67%); Abdelkader went 1-and-1 (50%); Draper went 0-and-2 (0%); Eaves went 0-and-1; Miller went 0-and-1.
Shots: Rafalski, Zetterberg and Ericsson had 3 shots; Lidstrom, Cleary, Kronwall, Franzen and Holmstrom had 2 shots; Datsyuk, Eaves and Salei had 1.
Blocked attempts: The Sharks blocked 6 Zetterberg attempts; Rafalski had 3 attempts blocked; Draper, Helm and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Lidstrom, Cleary, Miller, Stuart and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Filppula missed the net 3 times; Helm, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Holmstrom missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 5 hits; Cleary and Eaves had 3 hits; Draper, Helm, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Franzen had 2 hits; Datsyuk, Salei, Rafalski and Ericsson had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Ericsson had an ugly 5 giveaways; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Stuart, Helm, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Holmstrom and Howard had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Datsyuk had 2 takeaways; Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Filppula and Ericsson had 1 takeaway.
Blocked shots: Kronwall blocked 3 shots; Eaves, Stuart, Salei and Ericsson blocked 2; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Salei, Zetterberg, Helm and Franzen blocked 1.
Penalty minutes: Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Stuart and Franzen were tagged with minor penalties.
Plus-minus: Rafalski, Draper, Helm, Filppula and Franzen finished at -1; Abdelkader, Cleary, Salei and Kronwall finished at +1; Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom finished at +2.
Points: Datsyuk had 3 assists; Kronwall had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Cleary, Ericsson and Holmstrom had goals; Lidstrom, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 24:52; Stuart played 23:08; Zetterberg played 23:00;
Datsyuk played 21:41; Lidstrom played 21:38; Rafalski played 17:57;
Cleary played 17:51; Salei played 17:15; Helm played 15:48;
Ericsson played 15:30; Filppula played 15:28; Bertuzzi played 13:54;
Eaves played 13:11; Holmstrom played 12:09; Abdelkader played 10:27;
Miller played 9:30; Franzen played 9:19; Draper played 7:27.
Update at 11:29 PM: Yes, as Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski points out, Joe Thornton may have embellished a call after pitchforking and then can-opener-ing Johan Franzen. I was upset that he hurt Franzen. The rest of it…whatever.
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