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Too Many Goals Against, Not Enough Goals Scored

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"They're getting too many easy goals," Detroit's Niklas Kronwall said. "They're a good team, no doubt, but we have to be better."

The Red Wings haven't been able to build off the momentum from scoring. After Dylan Larkin tied it at 1-1 with his first career playoff goal at 3:30 of the second period, Bryan Boyle scored off a rush at 6:46.

"We need concentrate or maybe a little more emotion when we score and want to just keep going and score (again)," Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk said. "Maybe this costs us a little bit."

The Red Wings failed to convert on three power-play opportunities in the final eight minutes of the second period. They didn't have Datsyuk, who was in the room for dental work, after losing a tooth on hit from Victor Hedman.

"Our focus more play better, more details and just keep pushing every shift," Datsyuk said. "We needed more shots and more screen, like to really score more and more on the power play."

Said Zetterberg: "We were in the box too much again. and even though we got one on the PP, we need to be better there. Otherwise, it's a tight game again."

How much more of a difference can the power play make if you can get it going in this series?

"I let you know when we start," Datsyuk said.

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“They’re getting too many easy goals,” Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall said. “They’re a good team, no doubt, but we have to be better.”

Is there are a better team at saying one thing, then absolutely being incapable of doing it once the puck drops??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/16/16 at 06:48 AM ET

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The Wings have outshot Tampa both games.  The difference is that Tampa is getting decent goaltending and timely saves while the Wings are not.

IMHO, Howard has been atrocious.  Last night, if it weren’t for Howard getting some help/puck luck, the puck would/should have been in the back of the Wings net even more than it did.

The Wings are outplaying Tampa for the majority of the game, but howard lets in a goal every time the team gains any type of momentum.  As soon as the wings score a goal, Howard lets in a stinker.  It never fails.

The wings will not even win a game with Howard in net in this series.  He is constantly overplaying the situation and is constantly out of position or puck gazing and slow to react.  Pucks are just not hitting him and he seems completely lost.

Its time to roll the dice and go with Mrazek and hope he finds his game quick, because Howard is not taking this team anywhere.

Good goaltending is this teams only chance and they are just not getting it with Howard now.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 04/16/16 at 06:51 AM ET

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Hopefully the Wings start Mrazek in Game 3 who then channels his inner Osgood from 2008.  Some deja vu would be nice.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 04/16/16 at 07:48 AM ET

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Blame Howard?  Of course, Hey Hey Hockeytown….

How anyone could’ve watched that game last night and Wednesday, and said, well that’s on Howard is beyond me.  The Tampa goals on the blue line in odd man entries or brain fart breakdowns in D coverage are inexcusable.

As far as our offense, don’t look at the little box score on shots, look at how of our shots a beer league goalie would’ve stopped, because it was nearly all of them. All perimeter, all unscreened, high and hard, or right in bishops bread basket, and no one battling or winning second chances.  Our PP is just laughable, Tampa doesn’t fear it at all and they should. 

Marez will start, and hopefully that and the home crowd kicks this team right in the wickets, and they play with some pride, otherwise, Marez will need to stand on his head, twirl around, make saves with his toes, while defending cross crease passes with this nose. After sitting out a month, that’s a lot to ask.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/16/16 at 08:00 AM ET

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Said Zetterberg: “We were in the box too much again. and even though we got one on the PP, we need to be better there. Otherwise, it’s a tight game again.”

Put the Blashill Kool-Aid down, Hank, and grow a pair. It was not a close game. Your team, and you personally, were completely out-hustled in both zones and out-fought in every puck battle. Larkin figured out what was needed after just one playoff game. Guys like Sheahan and Nyquist haven’t figured it out after 14 and 32 games respectively.

Smith needs to come in for Ericsson (but it’ll be Marchenko that sits). Petr needs to come in for Holes-Everywhere Howard. Mantha needs to be brought back to replace Andersson. And AA needs to get more than 7 minutes. But we’ll be lucky if two out those four things happen.

How much more of a difference can the power play make if you can get it going in this series?

“I let you know when we start,” Datsyuk said.

Maybe Mickey can stop Pavel outside the locker room and tell him what he kept saying over and over again last night: “They’re just standing still. They need to have everyone moving like Tampa does.” That’s the same thing some of us have been saying here since last fall. It ain’t rocket science – except maybe for Blashill.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/16/16 at 09:17 AM ET

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“They’re getting too many easy goals,” Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall said. “They’re a good team, no doubt, but we have to be better.”

Perhaps you and your fellow D-men not skating backwards until you get to the end line and only then starting to defend will help.  That big, blue mark across the ice that the other team is charging over with the puck as you retreat over and over and over?  You should stop them there for a change!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/16/16 at 09:49 AM ET

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When was the last time we came back to win a series after being down 0-2… Vancouver in 2002?

Posted by aerialnick on 04/16/16 at 10:49 AM ET

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—-Mrazek will need to stand on his head,
—-There is maybe 10% that will happen. But there is zero percent Howard will do it.
Just solid goaltending Howard provides will not be enough in this series. Need to take chances with Mrazek.
Same with Jurco, Mantha, Smith. Maybe 10% chance they will improve our team, but again, need to take chances. This group is not getting it done. And for god sake, separate Tatar and Nyquist if you do not have balls to bench either.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/16/16 at 10:58 AM ET

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How anyone could’ve watched that game last night and Wednesday, and said, well that’s on Howard is beyond me.

There is enough blame to go around, but it starts with Howard. We just need the guy to be average, and he can’t even be that. He’s a below-average goaltender again.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/16/16 at 11:17 AM ET

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When was the last time we came back to win a series after being down 0-2… Vancouver in 2002?

Yep…
Red Wings Gameday: Record is 1-7 in last eight playoff series Detroit has been in 0-2 hole
The Red Wings have lost the last three series when they’ve trailed 2-0. San Jose beat them in seven games in 2011 after winning the first three games and the Sharks also won in five games in 2010 after taking the first two. Both were in the second round. The Red Wings were swept by Anaheim in opening round in 2003. Prior to beating Vancouver in 2002, the Red Wings lost in five games to Colorado in 2000 in the second round, the Avalanche beat them in six games in the 1996 Western Conference Finals, they were swept by New Jersey in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals and got swept by Chicago in the 1992 second round.

Posted by aerialnick on 04/16/16 at 11:49 AM ET


http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2016/04/red_wings_gameday_record_is_1-.html

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/16/16 at 02:34 PM ET

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When was the last time we came back to win a series after being down 0-2… Vancouver in 2002?

Posted by aerialnick on 04/16/16 at 11:49 AM ET

We’re due.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/16/16 at 02:47 PM ET

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When was the last time we came back to win a series after being down 0-2… Vancouver in 2002?

  Posted by aerialnick on 04/16/16 at 11:49 AM ET

We’re due.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/16/16 at 03:47 PM ET

ROLF, only that would require dressing up Lidstrom and Stevie Y (in Detroit jersey, of course) for the rest of this series.  wink

Posted by Alex7 on 04/16/16 at 05:43 PM ET

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