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by George Malik on 05/13/11 at 01:45 AM ET
Updated with the handshake line: The Detroit Red Wings simply ran out of time, dropping a 3-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks because the Wings’ power play came up empty, because the Wings made too many un-forced errors and because the Wings were plain old worn down and worn out by attempting to rally without Todd Bertuzzi or Danny Cleary—or the injured Johan Franzen, who the Wings missed so very much.
The Wings did their best, but on their fourth try, the Sharks knocked them off. Full credit to the Sharks, but I am damn proud of my Wings, historical footnote status or not, for rallying and pushing the Sharks as far as they did.
Now we face an off-season that’s come too early for Hockeytown’s liking and a summer full of questions about Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Osgood, Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Mike Modano, Jonathan Ericsson and probably Jiri Hudler’s futures…
Thank you, Red Wings, thank you for all you gave us. We wish you could have given us a little more, but we’re still very proud of you.
Update: FSD reports that both Cleary and Bertuzzi suffered concussions.
Shots 40-30 Detroit overall, breaking down as 17-11 San Jose in the 1st period, 17-6 Detroit in the 2nd period and 12-7 Detroit in the 3rd period.
The Red Wings went 0-for-4 in 7:14 of PP time; the Sharks went 1-for-3 in 4:26 of PP time.
Howard stopped 27 of 30 shots; Niemi stopped 38 of 40.
The 3 stars, per Dan Rusanowsky, were Pavel Datsyuk, Devin Setoguchi and Dan Boyle.
Faceoffs 33-33 (50%);
Blocked shots 25-20 San Jose;
Missed shots 11-6 Detroit (total shot attempts 76-56 Detroit);
Hits 27-24 Detroit;
Giveaways 13-11 Detroit;
Takeaways 8-5 San Jose.
Faceoffs Zetterberg went 16-and-14 (53%); Filppula went 11-and-8 (58%); Helm went 4-and-6 (40%); Draper went 2-and-1 (67%); Abdelkader went 0-and-2 (0%); Cleary went 0-and-1 (0%); Miller went 0-and-1 (0%).
Shots Datsyuk led the team with 8 shots; Helm had 4; Miller, Zetterberg, Filppula and Holmstrom had 3; Lidstrom, Cleary, Eaves, Stuart, Rafalski and Kronwall had 2; Abdelkader, Salei, Bertuzzi and Ericsson had 1.
Blocked attempts Eaves had 4 shot attempts blocked by Sharks players; Datsyuk, Stuart, Hudler and Zetterberg had 3 blocked; Helm had 2 shot attempts blocked; Lidstrom, Salei, Rafalski, Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall had 1 shot attempt blocked.
Missed shots Stuart and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Lidstrom, Cleary, Eaves, Hudler, Helm, Kronwall and Holmstrom missed the net 1 time.
Hits Abdelkader, Cleary, Datsyuk and Kronwall had 3 hits; Miller and Salei had 2; Lidstrom, Eaves, Stuart, Rafalski, Draper, Zetterberg, Helm, Bertuzzi, Filppula, Ericsson and Holmstrom had 1 hit.
Giveaways Zetterberg had 3 giveaways; Abdelkader had 2; Lidstrom, Stuart, Salei, Hudler, Filppula, Kronwall, Holmstrom and Howard had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Hudler, Zetterberg and Filppula had takeaways.
Blocked opponent shots Kronwall blocked 4 shots; Stuart blocked 3; Rafalski and Filppula blocked 2; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Cleary, Eaves, Miller, Salei, Hudler, Zetterberg and Ericsson blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken Datsyuk, Ericsson and Kronwall were tagged with minor penalties.
Plus-minus Cleary, Hudler, Rafalski and Kronwall finished at -1; Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Stuart and Filppula finished at +1.
Points Datsyuk and Zetterberg had goals; Stuart, Filppula and Ericsson had assists.
Ice time Lidstrom led the team with 23:46; Zetterberg played 23:39; Kronwall played 21:57;
Datsyuk played 21:41; Rafalski played 21:32; Stuart played 21:27;
Filppula played 21:06; Holmstrom played 17:06; Hudler played 17:01;
Salei played 16:42; Abdelkader played 14:43; Ericsson played 14:41;
Helm played 14:15; Eaves played 13:42; Cleary played 10:43;
Miller played 10:09; Draper played 8:09; Bertuzzi played 3:53.
Update: Here’s the handshake line:
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