The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/11/11 at 12:44 AM ET
Mike Babcock and Ken Holland let the hockey world know that the Detroit Red Wings would be returning to San Jose to play in Game 7, and between a furious assault on Antti Niemi, wonderful performances by Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula, even Jimmy Howard and all the Wings’ principals…The Red Wings earned a 3-1 win and are going to San Jose to play Game 7 [(edit/update: which will occur at 9 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/Versus/TSN/WXYT)], hoping to become the fourth team in NHL history to successfully rally from a 3-0 deficit.
I believe they can do it, especially given what transpired over the last ten seconds of play in the game. The Wings have the Sharks right where they want them, and even in the Shark tank…This team is on a mission—its fans at Joe Louis Arena sure as hell backed ‘em up—and it has the Sharks distracted and angry. Let’s make it distracted, angry, and stunned on Thursday.
Here’s Valtteri Filppula’s gamer (update and other highlights below):
And Zetterberg’s goal…
And the Tomas Holmstrom somersault:
The game in a flash? Sure:
Update #2: Via WeAllBleedRed on YouTube, here’s the Thornton-Datsyuk spiel:
Shots 45-25 Detroit overall, breaking down as 18-6 Detroit in the 1st period, 14-7 Detroit in the 2nd period and 13-12 Detroit in the 3rd period.
The Sharks went 0-for-4 in 5:25 of PP time; the Wings went 0-for-5 in 5:35 of PP time.
Antti Niemi stopped 42 of 44; Jimmy Howard stopped 24 of 25.
The 3 stars, per Chuck Pleiness, were Filppula, Niemi and Datsyuk.
Detroit’s goals: Zetterberg (2) from Kronwall (4) and Filppula (5);
Filppula (2) from Datsyuk (11);
Helm (3), unassisted, empty net.
Faceoffs 32-22 San Jose (41% won by Detroit);
Blocked shots 17-12 Detroit;
Missed shots 15-10 Detroit (total attempts 72-42 Detroit)
Hits 30-27 Detroit;
Takeaways 9-3 Detroit.
Faceoffs Zetterberg went 8-and-15 (35%); Modano went 6-and-3 (67%); Helm went 3-and-4 (43%); Filppula went 1-and-3 (25%); Datsyuk went 2-and-2 (50%); Cleary lost 3 faceoffs (0%); Abdelkader went 1-and-1 (50%); Miller won his only faceoff; Eaves lost his only faceoff.
Shots Cleary led the team with 6 shots; Lidstrom and Holmstrom had 5; Helm had 4; Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Filppula and Modano had 3; Eaves, Miller and Salei had 2; Abdelkader, Rafalski, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1.
Blocked attempts Salei and Bertuzzi had 2 shot attempts blocked; Lidstrom, Cleary, Datsyuk, eaves, Zetterberg, Helm, Filppula and Modano had 1 attempt blocked by Sharks players.
Missed shots Lidstrom and Rafalski missed the net 3 times; Eaves and Bertuzzi missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Cleary, Miller, Stuart and Filppula missed the net 1 time.
Hits Datsyuk, Miller, Stuart, Helm and Ericsson had 3 hits; Cleary, Salei, Hudler, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Modano had 2; Abdelkader, Filppula and Modano had 1 hit.
Giveaways Lidstrom, Cleary, Stuart, Salei and Zetterberg had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways Datsyuk ahd 3 takeaways; Miller, Hudler, Rafalski, Zetterberg, Helm and Filppula had 1 takeaway.
Blocked shots Stuart and Rafalski blocked 3 shots; Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 2; Lidstrom, Eaves, Salei, Hudler, Zetterberg, Helm and Filppula blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Datsyuk took a double minor; Abdelkader, Cleary, Stuart, Hudler, Kronwall and Holmstrom were tagged with minor penalties.
Plus-minus: Abdelkader and Hudler finished at -1; Lidstrom, Miller, Stuart, Salei, Helm, Filppula, Kronwall and Holmstrom were +1; Datsyuk and Zetterberg were +2.
Points: Filppula had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Zetterberg and Helm had goals; Datsyuk and Kronwall had assists.
Ice time: Lidstrom led the team with 21:29 played; Zetterberg played 21:16; Rafalski played 21:01;
Kronwall played 20:12; Stuart played 19:33; Datsyuk played 19:25;
Salei played 18:32; Ericsson played 18:18; Filppula played 18:02;
Cleary played 17:22; Bertuzzi played 13:57; Holmstrom played 13:12;
Helm played 13:08; Abdelkader played 12:31; Miller played 11:51;
Eaves played 10:48; Hudler played 10:22; Modano played 9:01.
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