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Red Wings-Sharks Game 7 quick take: outta time

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.

Individual Stats:

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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I will always blame Happy for this loss.  He was entirely ineffective, took out Cleary, and *#$%@&….just looking at him makes me sick now.

Posted by Ha Hockey on 05/13/11 at 01:50 AM ET

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Well said George.  It was a hell of a ride and even though I am disappointed, I am proud of every man on this team.  Except maybe Huds!

I can’t wait for next season.  Go Canucks go!

Posted by Krononymous on 05/13/11 at 01:53 AM ET

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I’ll repeat myself from the live blog:

I’m proud of this team. Great comeback that fell just short.

The best news: The Wings have a legitimate playoff goaltender in Jimmy Howard.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/11 at 01:57 AM ET


It was an amazing comeback and if the game was five minutes longer (or if the Wings decided to start playing five minutes earlier…) then I honestly believe they would’ve pulled it out.

Dear God please allow Lidstrom, Eaves and maybe Miller or Drapes return.

Dear Satan, please drag Happy and Modano and Ericsson to the fiery pits of Hell (Phoenix?) so that I won’t have to watch them in Red Wings jerseys next season.  My first born is on the way…

Posted by Garth on 05/13/11 at 02:00 AM ET

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Yeah, I honestly don’t feel awful about this ending because Detroit went down to the wire with their incredible comeback attempt.

Howard was great, but I am a little worried about what Lidstrom decides during the offseason.

Hopefully the front office has a plan in place to deal with either eventuality.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 05/13/11 at 02:01 AM ET


The Wings have a legitimate playoff goaltender in Jimmy Howard.


Posted by Garth on 05/13/11 at 02:07 AM ET

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The league has to suspend Huds for his hit to Cleary’s head

Posted by Hawk from Moscow, Russia on 05/13/11 at 02:19 AM ET


Justice would be Heatley driving Thornton, Marleau, and Setoguchi home tonight.

Posted by tigerjeb on 05/13/11 at 02:23 AM ET

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Careful, Vancouver, they go down like rag dolls.

Scary, but I may pull for an EC team. Don’t care for SJ, and I’m not a believer in VN. Oh well, sleep first.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/13/11 at 02:28 AM ET

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Hudler not only knocked out Cleary(his first check this playoffs?), but he wouldn’t bother to shoot even when he was in the slot.  I saw him fan on one shot and the other went way right…no where near the net.  If he can’t shoot, he needs to get the f* out of town.

Modano is done.  Happy retirement.

Ericsson will probably go to free agency unless he signs a low deal with the wings.

I hope we retain Eaves and Miller for next season.

Anyways, Thank you to the rest of the Red Wings for a great season and a gutsy playoff performance.

Posted by Crow on 05/13/11 at 02:29 AM ET

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Huds = the new Bill Buckner. Geeez. It will be funny to see all the diving the guppies and nucks throw at each other. The refs won’t know what to do. I’m praying to the hockey gods that the B’s or the Bolts lift the Cup. Come on! Original Six or Stevie Y’s club over these two wanna be teams? Sharks proved how classless they are in this series and the nucks will prove again what a basketcase team they are.

Proud of my Wings tonight…..except, Hudler. Go back to Russia, you midget.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/13/11 at 02:29 AM ET


but I may pull for an EC team.

The only team left that I can cheer for is Tampa.  At least I’ll be cheering for Stevie Y…

Posted by Garth on 05/13/11 at 02:30 AM ET


when a defenceman plays a 3 on 2 no better than a peewee d-man… coincidently the same person who was responsible for the gold medal lost…. that be your season

Posted by cberth on 05/13/11 at 02:34 AM ET


Disagree about Howard. He faced 10 less shots than Niemi and gave up the extra goal. He ALWAYS lets in that extra goal it seems. That 3 on 2 on the 3rd goal, u just gotta find a way to keep that out. It’s always somethign with him. Whether it’s a soft goal, or making a really nice first save but then leaving the rebound right in the wrong place, he always seems to just let in that one extra, deciding goal when it matters. He’s not a clutch goaltender. In game 6, that save on Setoguchi to keep the lead, that’s what a good playoff goaltender does. But that was the only time he did it all series. & u see the difference, when he did it, we won. Tonight, he just couldnt close the door at that end to give the Wings a chance to catch up. I think he’s a better athlete than some of the goalies the Wings have had in the past, and has higher upside, but in terms of clutch ability, he’s one of the worst I’ve seen in the league. Even when he plays well most the game, which he has most this series, he always finds a way to let in that one key, deciding goal so that the other team will be able to win by 1 goal. It’s not like anything was soft tonight, but you just have to step up and save one of those. The Zetterberg turnover to Couture, yes it’s an unexpected turnover, but as a goalie you have to be awake there. He was too deep in his net, he didn’t have his butterfly set up, he didn’t push out and challenge, and he didn’t have his shoulders square to the shooter, and Couture was able to beat him high rather easily. The 3rd goal, you have to know their winger is driving to ur left, and bringing another body with him, and that if you spit the rebound out there, you may as well have not even made the save to begin with. If that means taking more of a risk on the initial shot, maybe challenging more, maybe swiping your glove a tiny bit forward to deflect the rebound back where it came from, then you do it. You just have to find a way. Evenly matched teams who always play 1 goal games, each team should win around 50% of the time. It shouldn’t be one team winning 80% of the 1 goal games. That’s indicative of bad goaltending in the clutch, and probably bad coaching too.

Posted by Johnson22 on 05/13/11 at 02:36 AM ET

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Thank you Detroit Red Wings for a great season and thank you George for all you do to keep all of us WingNuts informed.  You rock!

If only the Wings had started on time….something that victimized us all season.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/13/11 at 02:36 AM ET


Wasn’t going to post any comments but this is just too amazing for words.


Heck of a game, heck of a series.  Honestly didn’t think the Sharks could pull it off but I’m certainly happy that they did.  Much respect to the Wings though, lots of pride and skill on that team.

Posted by RoneFace on 05/13/11 at 03:14 AM ET

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when a defenceman plays a 3 on 2 no better than a peewee d-man… coincidently the same person who was responsible for the gold medal lost…. that be your season

Posted by cberth on 05/13/11 at 12:34 AM ET


...  the 6 million dollar man ...  I pray he is the one retiring not Lids

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 05/13/11 at 03:16 AM ET

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bingo hockeychic. that is the real reason we lost plain and simple.

all the blaming Hudler and Howard… nonsense. the team didn’t start trying till the second period. and i’d argue the goal with one minute left in the first was by far the most devastating. the team that scores at the end like that almost always eventually wins it seems. and after an insanely horrible turnover by Z and a perfect shot by Couture fired right into the water bottle, I don’t know how Howard could possibly be on the line for that one.

but that is the one did is in. I consider THAT, not their last goal to be the extra, deciding goal. It was garbage. I don’t blame Z though because he of course made up for it by scoring in the second period. But the team as a whole didn’t start on time. and it’s true that we were definitely plagued by that all year. A fitting end I guess.

with all that said, of course I’m proud of the team for making it that far. They should have never been in that position in the first place, but once they were, they gave us a hell of a show.

the good news is that I honestly believe if we won the cup this year, Lids retires for sure, maybe even while still on the ice. now he’s still hungry, which could give him some pause. Great for next year’s roster.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/13/11 at 03:25 AM ET


Fuching hell, what a ride…and now that it’s over, well I feel like shite. I can’t take any consolation in just how gutsy this team played this past week, or with how much heart they did so…not tonight, at least. The following days/weeks will help for all of that (and as long as SJ gets no where that silver chalice, I’ll feel that much better). Great effort, boys. I could nitpick and talk about who some of the goats were and so on, but I won’t…not yet. Tonight is for grieving.

Thanks again for one hell of a show, Wings. Classy bunch, the lot of ya.

Posted by godblender on 05/13/11 at 03:53 AM ET


From a Sharks fan, that was a great series, a helluva series to go through as a fan, thanks to the efforts of both teams.  It’s impossible to not respect the Wings—a class organization built the right way, featuring a group of players who are a joy to watch except when they’re playing against your team, particularly mounting a comeback!

I know (obviously, as a Sharks fan) that nothing can be said to take the sting off losing, but this really was a remarkable battle thanks to the determination on both ends of the ice.  Stick tap to that.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 05/13/11 at 04:02 AM ET


Hey I just want to say that was a fantastic series right down to the end. Closest series in NHL history and that is a testament to the caliber of the two best teams of the last 10 years. Yes, the Red Wings have been superior do to their success in the playoffs vs the sharks failures. But I’m proud to be a Sharks fan and more proud to be a hockey fan today.

Sorry that it didn’t work out for your team this year, but you all can be so proud of determination and the grit that they showed to even force the game 7 after a closely contested and disappointing first three.

I know it hurts (trust me I’m a Sharks fan), but there is no need to bash the other team or their fans. I apologize for my fellow sharks fans that are being trolls.

It really was a great series and I’m glad I got to watch, as I’m sure you all are too.

See you guys next year, probably in the playoffs at some point too.

Posted by Matt from San Luis Obispo, CA on 05/13/11 at 05:35 AM ET

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was at the game. few complaints w/ howard, although niemi was just a shade better over the series.


- keep in mind 35’s now been through this twice and looks like he can only keep improving, so upside strong;

- only saw huds on cleary on replay because of how stupid and bizarre it was, but was sure he got rocked—watched it on a media monitor while some sharks dbag yelled at me to sit down during the ensuing break;

- never saw what happened to bert;

- Z’s giveaway was the clear backbreaker, so not a good game despite his goal—recall his shanked early chance;

- 52’s vaguely lazy penalty was SJ’s first goal;

- how did we only score backhand goals in a game 7!?;

- 13’s goal so pretty. i looked at my gf, a novice hockey fan but now hopelessly hooked (who also got me a signed datsyuk puck for my bday-keeper!), and asked her if she got how sick it was. she was like, “duh, dude,” then i thought out loud to nobody in particular, “why doesn’t he just do that all the time?” i’ve said for years 13 is a once in a lifetime guy; he delivered again.

full marks to both teams and a huge nod to the wings for their heart. no joke: pretty sure i heard them take off from SJ awhile ago (no chance it was any other plane, i’d guess), and the same old thought came to mind: NEXT YEAR.

i’ll be around these boards for sure, but much love to the wings and wings nation. still a great time to be a fan of hockey and the finest organization on the planet.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/13/11 at 07:01 AM ET

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in other news, most SJ fans are knowledgeable and were hugely gracious and complimentary of the wings and this series. they refuse to believe the sharks are now the favorites, but i’ve now seen them twice this playoff season (closing out LA and the wings), and having watched as much hockey as i have for most of two decades, SJ looks like the 2011 cup winner to me. sadly, i thought so after the LA series…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/13/11 at 07:08 AM ET

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last note: Z went to all 4 officials, shook their hands, and seemed to thank them after he left the handshake line, which was to my memory longer and slower than any i’ve seen live or on TV. huge class, a few other wings including 5 and 13 nodded at them as well but were clearly drained.

this was a masterful series, a war on ice. despite the disappointing outcome, we’re all lucky to have watched.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/13/11 at 07:16 AM ET


Justice would be Heatley driving Thornton, Marleau, and Setoguchi home tonight.

Bahahahahahahahhahaha…. we would be so lucky.

Great year Wings… Great series.  One of the first times that I’m okay with the exit out of the playoffs.  We fought back with great will and determination.. and damn was it one hell of a ride.

This team is going to look completely different next year…

Posted by Kcjacoby from Livonia on 05/13/11 at 10:54 AM ET

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Thanks George, for all you work this season, well done.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda - such is life.

The Wings showed tremendous heart in this series, full marks for the team on a damn fine season.

Mandingo is correct, Jimmah has “the stuff.”

It’ll be an interesting off-season.

We are stuck with Hudler for another year at $3 mil - unless there is a fool wanting to take that salary.

Rafalski is getting over paid next year at $6 mil.

The UFA forwards (last seasons salary)
Miller (.650)
Eaves (.750)
Modano (1.25)
Nails (1.25)

TPH (6.20)
Rusty (.750)
E-52 (1.25)

Ozzie (1.10)
J-Mac (.550)

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/13/11 at 10:57 AM ET


just think that 6 million could be put towards Shea Weber if they buried Rafalski in Grand Rapids

Posted by cberth on 05/13/11 at 01:39 PM ET

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just think that 6 million could be put towards Shea Weber if they buried Rafalski in Grand Rapids
Posted by cberth on 05/13/11 at 11:39 AM ET

Though it would be nice to pull a coupe and sign him, two things that make the signing of Shea Webber highly improbable:
1. He says he wants to stay in Nashville
2. He is a RFA not UFA. Nashville can match and I don’t think Tick Tock is willing to part with draft picks.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 05/13/11 at 03:51 PM ET

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