I'm bitter. Howard played great and line 1c was incredible, but all the talk will be about Vancouver snapping the streak. Whatever.
Full recap after the jump:
The icing call was terrible and it cost the Wings the game. Plain and simple. Still, if the whole team had played well, it wouldn't have mattered. Franzen seemed bored out there on the PP and the fact that he was on the ice during the last 2 minutes of the game when Vancouver would be pressing the hardest bothers me.
Detroit's PP is bad, but a lot of people were saying it would be better if Pav was there. Really? I seem to recall Pavel Datsyuk being on the ice for a lot of the failed PP chances the last couple of months. One man will not fix this mess. However, not having Datsyuk was a problem, obviously. We could have used him in OT and certainly would have been nice in the shootout.
Luongo is garbage. Like I said, I'm bitter.
Our FNG, Kyle Quincey had a pretty good game. I could do without the penalties, but he made a lot of good plays out there and was hungry to score. Nice that he did, but just not enough.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Line 1c. Miller, Helm and Abby played their butts off tonight. Not just the goals and assists, but the constant pressure. Wasn't enough to wake up some of the sleeping stars, though. Too bad.
Second Star: Jim Howard. Faced a ton of shots and it took some luck to beat him. Unfortunate that he has picked up two straight losses despite being the better goalie on the ice both times.
Third Star: Kyle Quincey. Welcome back, Kyle. Nice goal, just lay off the penalties.
Next game is Saturday against Colorado. Should be a good game considering Quincey just left them. Puck drops at 7:00 EST.
(So bitter right now...)
"Detroit's PP is bad, but a lot of people were saying it would be better if Pav was there. Really? I seem to recall Pavel Datsyuk being on the ice for a lot of the failed PP chances the last couple of months."
This. Hard. There is no reason this team with the talent that it has, should be this bad on PP. I think we really need to go back to the drawing board in regards to the PP. Stop getting cute with passing the puck, get the puck on net and have everyone bang away until it pops in. That will force their team to stay deep in the zone, so if they do get the chance to clear, Howard can come out and pass it back up. Worst comes to worst, the puck gets up to one of their forwards and Howard needs to make a save, if they decide to push it. Just my opinion.
Don't be too bitter about Franzen though. All season Mike has rolled 4 lines in the final minutes of a game (provided we're not on special teams). Not only is it a sign of trust in all his forwards, it's also a pretty big F-you to opposing teams that he doesn't need to "assemble" a special forward line for defensive purposes, which keeps that offensive threat alive.
And lastly, don't forget that Franzen's single shift in the final 2 minutes was over and he was on his way to the bench when Derty Bert "iced" the puck. So he stayed out there some extra time. That being said, his shot block attempt was weak and his entire gime that night was lazy and very uninspiring. I'm not going to defend his entire game (it was noticeably awful) but I will say his shift in the last 2 minutes will happen again with a 1 goal lead, and as long as he's playing better overall than this I'm okay with that.
I was not at the game, but the crowd seemed awful quiet early when the wings were not playing well, especially compared to the San Jose game. Could a lively crowd have got the adrenaline flowing earlier?
@reecardoraul I was at the game and it seemed like the crowd was pretty strong in the first, the second was a tad quieter, and the third was deafeningly loud at times. I've been to a few playoff games and I can honestly say this was the loudest game I've been to (some friends that went to the game said the same).
Honestly, there is only so much you can do standing in the crowd. Simply put, if the team needs the crowd to get them into a game against our biggest conference rival (competitively), where a 24 home win streak is on the line and first place in the league, this team has serious issues. That being said, isn't the case.
All good things must come to an end, and at least it wasn't against a sucky team like the Ducks/Stars/Oilers. The boys had a good run.
1c should be moved up to 1b and Howard is amazing.
I cannot express how angry I get when our PP gets stimied trying to enter the zone, and just has the puck casually knocked away. I think Filps needs to go back to "Datsyuk's School of Dangling" for another few lessons, and Cleary should be playing in Franzen's spot. What a douche - we're on the PP, so he goes for a stroll in the offensive zone (after a failed entry) and puts Z offsides.
@freakazoid0587 franzen's stroll after the failed entry ticked me off. sometimes i think that pro athletes would benefit from a few weeks at fort benning.
@Twig @freakazoid0587 Franzen and Bert never learned how to stop.. I swear it. Every time one of them goes to the net on a 2 on 1 they don't even attempt to stop in front in case of a rebound. I have seen several times where it was an easy tap in had they stopped for a rebound.
Franzen and Bert are two of my favorites on the team, but they are two of the laziest players.
It's sucks that we lost like this and the streak was going to end eventually but I can't help but notice that we're just not nearly as dangerous without Pav as perhaps we thought. I know when you lose the best player in the world, it's gonna make a difference but damn, I really thought we were a little deeper than that. None of our top guns, Zetterberg, Franzen & Fillipula can take over a game. I've been very disappointed the last two games.
@marti783 Maybe I am the only one that thought they played pretty decent hockey. In the course of a 23, going for 24, game win streak at home your going to face some adversity like they did in the first. I thought they battled well and put themselves in a place to win the game.
And no, I don't think they played much worse than they do with Pav. I don't think the results would have been any different.
Nope, the refs were behaving like they usually do, but Vancouver was behaving badly especially early on, so they "had" to make those calls. When Vancouver stopped throwing hissy fits though and pretended to be professional, that's when the sneaky calls came. *Sigh* It's a heart-breaker for sure, but it was one hell of a hockey game. Butt-puckering intensity till the end. That stupid icing call and goal with a dime and nickel to spare blew goats. How many times have we seen our guys do just that though? Pull the carpet out from the other team and tie the game to go to OT, or win it (thanks again Pav) like the other night? I agree that the blame doesn't fall on just any one person, it takes a whole team working together or not to win or lose.
Our shooters should've owned on the shootout, no excuses there at all. Silver-lining? Well we got a point, Vancouver didn't leap frog us, we have the all-time record for most consecutive home wins in the NHL, my boy put another victim on his "hit"list, oh and we're still in the lead.
Really looking forward to a Saturday of Yeti-stomping. LGRW!
you know who pissed me off this game? 2 People. one wears a red and white 93. he played like a bag of garbage.
the other person? anyone wearing white and black stripes. seriously? seriously? the icing anyone? how about the blatent hook that every fan in the stands and mickey redmond saw? should i bring up the blatent interference on White in Overtime? or the fact that this game should not have gone to Overtime?
Why is it that the refs just seem to LOATHE Detroit? every game they will ignore maybe 25% of what Detroit does (and face it, 3 of 4 called still aint that great) but than ignore 50-75% of what everyone else does (how is it that Chicago, REPEATEDLY takes 2 or less penalties, or more importantly, 0, three times in the past two seasons, in the UC). am i the only one who feels this way? or is it just me.
Likewise very unhappy with Franzen getting the important ice time, played like a lazy douchebag out there. That icing was bs but the defence was equally bs. That shootout was a complete fail.
I didn't wear my jersey at all today. No proper pre-game rituals. AND, for the last two games my usual "play by play update while I'm at work" guy has been on dates so everything was out of whack for this game. I'm glad I didn't watch, I'm sure I'd be even more upset if I had. Bright side? I'm meeting the namesake on Sunday.
I'm feeling pretty bitter about this too. BUT, on the bright side, our third line owns Luongo, we have the better team, the better goalie, and Vancouver only won because we failed to play to our full capabilities. I think we can handle them if we see them in the playoffs. And hey, we're still in first place in the league. We just need to start playing like it.
I got home from my hockey game, turned on the TV, and there was a faceoff in the Wings zone with ~20 seconds left. I think you all know how that went. Anyway, that shootout was pathetic by our shooters. I rant every shootout when Hudler goes out there. Just glide in with the puck on your tape and wrist it. Or even better (worse), just rip a slapper from the top of the circle. Of course, Hudler was Hudler in the shootout. Then Hank missed the net by 1-2 feet, which regardless of the reason was depressing. AH, but the might Todd Bertuzzi- on "his night" as one of the best shootout guys in the league- seemingly had the game one his stick. "He'll swoop wide and slow, then do something crazy and score," I so naively thought. Nope. Hudler apparently learned hypnosis on his adventures, and hyponotized Bert to imitate him. Skate in and wrist it into the goalie. The only upside was Luongo ended up butt in the air doing snow angels in the net for no explicable reason, but there's your shootout loss. No idea what happened in the rest of the game, but our shooters failed in the shootout.
I know how you feel. My dander is still up over this one and probably will be for a few days. Bitter is the best word to describe it.