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Red Wings-Sharks Game 6 quick take: Gettin’ on the plane

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:

 

Statistics:

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;

Giveaways 5-5;

Takeaways 9-3 Detroit.

Individual Stats:

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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Tuba Guy's avatar

Go Wings!  History in the making!

Posted by Tuba Guy from Royal Oak, MI on 05/10/11 at 11:47 PM ET

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Such the ill-league change.  Congrats.  Cheating wins.

That is one thing that the bench can control…

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 05/10/11 at 11:50 PM ET

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GO WINGS

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/10/11 at 11:51 PM ET

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Whats the chance any shark will get suspended for the next game, based on the rule that says they will, on late game message sending?????


Yeah, right…

Posted by Zqto from Brasil on 05/10/11 at 11:55 PM ET

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Whats the chance any shark will get suspended for the next game, based on the rule that says they will, on late game message sending?????


Yeah, right…

Not a chance.  Fuch you Gary.ass.


GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 05/11/11 at 12:02 AM ET

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Such the ill-league change.  Congrats.  Cheating wins.

That is one thing that the bench can control…

You do realize the Sharks had too many men on the ice for an eternity and it wasn’t called?

Posted by ChowYunCat on 05/11/11 at 12:02 AM ET

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Here, fishy fishy fish….time for your medicine.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/11/11 at 12:06 AM ET

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Jimmah was brilliant again.

And Wally has been a force for the past four periods, hope he keeps it going.

Game 7 George, I’d a never believed it if I hadn’t seen it.

Hearts of lions.

If DET win game 7, they’ll win the Cup, they are on a mission.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/11/11 at 12:07 AM ET

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Suck it Thornton.  Win or lose, this is fun.

Posted by yreland from Hockey's black hole South Carolina on 05/11/11 at 12:24 AM ET

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Great game gentlemen! I liked what i saw from Mikey Mo. He had the wheels goin and made some great passes. I would like to see him go again in Game 7 Uncle Mike, if its not too much trouble to ya smile We can give Mule until Sunday, he can sure use the healing time. The determination and will are there, lets get ‘er done and get us some orca stew!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/11/11 at 12:29 AM ET

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Our Uncle Mike said the Wings would be getting back on the plane.  I believed him.

Believe.  We will win this series. 

9 to 12.

OMG - best hockey I’ve seen in recent memory.

(And for those who were upset about the too-many-men thing - we won by two goals, OK?  So get over it.)

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/11/11 at 12:30 AM ET

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“Oh, we’re on it ” - Mike Babcock

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/11/11 at 12:32 AM ET

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I’ll bet the Canucks enjoyed watching these two teams kill each other tonight. What a game.

Posted by Scottytooshotty on 05/11/11 at 12:33 AM ET

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Believe

Posted by selke13 on 05/11/11 at 12:34 AM ET

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looks like it will be the wings and the canucks for the western conference final.  May the best team win!

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 05/11/11 at 12:36 AM ET

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Great game gentlemen! I liked what i saw from Mikey Mo. He had the wheels goin and made some great passes. I would like to see him go again in Game 7 Uncle Mike, if its not too much trouble to ya We can give Mule until Sunday, he can sure use the healing time. The determination and will are there, lets get ‘er done and get us some orca stew!

Posted by NIVO on 05/10/11 at 11:29 PM ET
I am thinking an orca is a killer whale, which is a mammal, not a fish, like a shark.
Educational, and great hockey too.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 05/11/11 at 12:43 AM ET

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Modano and Fil and Rafi and Big E all have a chance tonight to prove they deserve to be Red Wings. If they “get” what Babcock is talking about, we’ll be watching hockey on Thursday. If they (and others) don’t? Well, we’ll have to settle for oggling Kaley Cuoco on “Big Bang Theory” instead.

The above is what I posted in one of George’s earlier threads. And it looks like one of the four stepped up. Congrats Fil, you just saved your spot on the Wings roster next year.

I liked what i saw from Mikey Mo. He had the wheels goin and made some great passes

Seriously? What I saw was a guy who played 9:01 and was virtually invisible for 8:59 of that time. That’s why Babs played him fewer minutes than any Wings on the ice tonight.

If the Mule can’t play on Thursday, I predict Drapes is back on the fourth line and Miller takes Mo’s spot on the third line. Modano has been a “non-entity” from day one. The sooner he’s gone, the better.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/11/11 at 12:52 AM ET

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Posted in the LB-

I haven’t watched a game this series since Game 3. I cooked, did the dishes, walked the beach for 2 hours (stealing glances at my phone…thank god for Gamecenter)...all in all being a good spousal unit.

Fuching A.

Let’s go Red Wings.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 05/10/11 at 11:09 PM ET

Of course, that’s what the paysite is for. Get on that old DC-9, boys. We have a date with the NoCal Sharts on Thursday.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/11/11 at 12:55 AM ET

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I also liked what I saw from Modano.

Let’s not forget that he went 6-3 or 0.667 on faceoffs tonight.

That’s better FO% than anyone except Miller, but Drew only took one draw.

I’d argue that he saw limited ice time because he’s not in game shape after having sat for so long.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Algiers, DZ on 05/11/11 at 01:09 AM ET

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Boyle nearly chopped off Jimmy Howard’s head & no call…...B.S.
vampire

Posted by w2j2 on 05/11/11 at 01:46 AM ET

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i absolutely agree with you. Modano looked good this game and looked good the other playoff game he played… definitely better than a one-legged Mule. His ice time was absolutely related to his conditioning NOT his gameplay. He simply missed too much time this year for his age. But to say he was “invisible” is just plain old inaccurate by just about any standard.

the guy who’s really starting to piss me off is Abdelkader. He’s been taking a penalty at the end of the game almost every game this series. This game it was with 6min left (in the O zone no less!), but past games it’s been in the last two minutes and the one game it was a double minor all in one goal games. I realize he’s a force out there and is probably leading or close to leading our team in hits, but it CANNOT happen in game 7. I don’t care if he doesn’t leave the bench in the last ten minutes of the game, we cannot give up a penalty in the last five minutes of the game yet again. I want to blame it on the refs trying to manufacture drama like they so often seem to do, but it seems every penalty Abbie’s been taking at the end of games has been downright obvious.

Other than that, fantastic game and I finally am a believer. It took this game for me. Most people I know were convinced we had a shot after last game but I never forgot that our home record was simply dismal compared to our away record all season long. I really thought that this game was a tossup. But holy hell we have some serious momentum and the Sharks looked mighty scared at the end. Of course, San Jose is not an easy place to play and Niemi was pretty close to stealing this one. I never have a good feeling going into a third period tied at 0-0 when we’ve taken three times as many shots as them. Those are the games that often end 1-0 for the team with way less shots. When San Jose scored first I was real nervous. But sure enough, the way we came back, yet again… it’s starting to feel like destiny. We can do this. it’s a coin flip now. LETS GO WINGS!!!

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/11/11 at 01:51 AM ET

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After game 3 I sacrificed 4 hookers, 2 goats, and 1 shark.

You’re Welcome!

Posted by Keyser S. on 05/11/11 at 02:04 AM ET

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looks like it will be the wings and the canucks for the western conference final.  May the best team win!
Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 05/10/11 at 11:36 PM

Shut your whore mouth. The Wings haven’t won anything yet. You should know that from the first round against Chicago. Ask SJ how difficult it is to win the fourth game.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/11/11 at 02:21 AM ET

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After game 3 I sacrificed 4 hookers, 2 goats, and 1 shark.
You’re Welcome!
Posted by Keyser S. on 05/11/11 at 01:04 AM ET

Wow… what a coincidence, I paid 4 hookers, 2 guys named Billy and 1 loan-shark.  It’s like we’re twins. LOL

Posted by calquake on 05/11/11 at 02:26 AM ET

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Filppula stepped up huge.  Loved the way he shrugged off Couture as if he was nothing more than a fly on his shoulder on his drive to the net to get the game winner.  He was damn good in all three zones!

And don’t underestimate Jimmy Howard’s game either.  Once again he made some clutch saves.  I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again….

Game seven is Thursday night!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/11/11 at 03:30 AM ET

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Um…can someone talk to Abdelkader for me?  The third period penalties are becoming an issue.  A big one.

Posted by sloaner from Los Angeles, CA on 05/11/11 at 04:27 AM ET

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Um…can someone talk to Abdelkader for me?  The third period penalties are becoming an issue.  A big one.

it’s rough, because it seems like he’s absolutely bringing that extra 2% we all want to his games, finishing checks etc., but it’s also the extra 2% to get called at all the wrong times. in the regular season or a meaningless game 4, he might not be. or wait….

i’ll share a secret with you all: i saw him interviewed a year or so ago, and thought: “abdelkader is a great athlete, but he’s also one of those guys who has to be coached. he has to respond to stimulus, be it from babcock, team leaders, or the refs.”

bad that he hasn’t figured out the line yet, although having watched this entire playoff season i think the refs are told to call any late-3rd penalty that might get the behind team back in it. it’s called ratings and sponsorship. he just happens to be a target at this point, in my view. the penalties he’s taken have been, with a few exceptions, pretty trashy considering the importance of this series, the closeness of the games, etc.

anyway, f all that. i’ll be watching from socal thursday night as nocal gets its dreams crushed. go wings.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/11/11 at 07:09 AM ET

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and btw, full marks to ericsson, one of my favorite players to criticize. guy played a very good game for the most part. credit where it’s due, he had some good, clutch plays late.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/11/11 at 07:22 AM ET

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After game 3 I sacrificed 4 hookers, 2 goats, and 1 shark.

You’re Welcome!

Hudler, is that you?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/11/11 at 07:40 AM ET

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After game 3 I sacrificed 4 hookers, 2 goats, and 1 shark.
You’re Welcome!
Posted by Keyser S. on 05/11/11 at 01:04 AM ET

Wow… what a coincidence, I paid 4 hookers, 2 guys named Billy and 1 loan-shark.  It’s like we’re twins.

Posted by calquake on 05/11/11 at 01:26 AM ET

Next time throw some baby kittens in a burlap sack onto that fire and we’ll get some Bertuzzi goals.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 05/11/11 at 01:17 PM ET

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George,

How do you link NHL Videocenter to specific highlights? Because no matter what highlight I go to within videocenter, when i want to link it, my browser still just says nhlvideocenter/CONSOLE or something like that. It’s always console, never the URL to a specific highlight.

This is why I ask. I want to help this guy. Every Wings fan should read this, and I hope someway somehow this key ‘insider information’ or whatever you want to call it makes its way to the Wings coaching staff and players, and quick, as I believe it could make an amazing difference in game 7.

http://bit.ly/m0O0Bz

Everyone should read that, and then find their own way to the highlights he talks about, since he doesn’t know how to link it directly.

Posted by Johnson22 on 05/12/11 at 01:59 AM ET

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