Wings lose a game they just about had to win. They got a point, but needed two. Wings still have a game in hand on Columbus, but are one point behind in the standings.
Recap after the jump:
Really impressed with DeKeyser tonight. He joined the rush at all the right times and played well in his own end. Really wish he didn’t take 65 though, because he looks way too much like Kronwall. Actually he was mistaken for Emmerton once tonight, too, so maybe he’s just destined to never get credit for anything.
Filppula is terrible. At hockey, that is. I’m sure he’s a great guy. Honestly, how the hell is he this bad in a contract year? Normally guys like him put up huge numbers, get paid, then cripple their teams with a brutal cap hit. Not that Ken Holland won’t give him an undeserved raise, but still…
Emmerton was good, Kindl was good. Mule was good. Pav was, too. Brunner is good with Nyquist, but doesn’t seem to have any confidence right now.
Canucks played a dirty game and mostly got away with it. That’s on the refs. “Let him go! Let him go! Hey, you’re holding him! Let him go!” Yeah, because you’re supposed to give guys a fair warning before calling a penalty. The refs tonight reminded me of bad parents. “1, 2… 2 and a half… Don’t make me say 3! 1, 2…”
But hey! Don’t be mad about the non-calls. The Wings did get some PP chances but didn’t really come close on them.
Cleary and Abby on the ice together in OT. Twice.
Miller broke his hand in the first period. That's probably it for him this year.
At the end of the day, the Wings were the better team, but lost. That’s the 2013 season for you. Just frustrating. I’m not about to start writing a “Looking Back at the Playoff Streak That Was” post, but I am thinking of some ideas for one.
Next game is Monday night against the Coyotes. Win out or that trip to Dallas is a waste of fuel.
" the Wings were the better team, but lost. That’s the 2013 season for you". Respectfully disagree. They have been the better team once or twice and lost but to say our season was robbed is a lie. This team have not shown the effort, consistency or coaching required to get any further than they are. Each game to come is just another nail in the coffin that is this season. Hopefully I'm wrong and Minnesota keep losing and the Wings somehow manage to win 4 in a row. But I doubt it.
@Reddy what i mean is the talent is there, but not being used or guys are underperforming. i know they usually don't show up.
@Twig "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein.
Apparently we have the same lineup for Phoenix, aside from Miller<>Eaves
The last 35 seconds of OT were Abby-Cleary. When you absolutely have to win and this is your last chance, you choose Abby and Cleary as a pair? There aren't two people I would have been less likely to put out during OT, and yet they saw two shifts.
I was very happy with Nyquist. The guy's got lots of speed and always seems like he cares. Every time he's on the ice, he's dangerous. You get the feeling that he's going to explode sometime soon, probably next season. Of course, that isn't going to happen with 11 minutes of ice time on a checking line, but I'm holding out hope things will be different next season.
@ThroatShot With the same coach and GM out there, and a few older useless guys taking up roster spots and/or up for a contract, what makes you think that ANYTHING will change next year? Babcock shall be in a Hall of Fame this year for his phenomenal stubbornness and KH - for overall delusions. I watched his interview after loss to Vancouver - he did say that next year 'we got Sammy coming back'. I thought I am hallucinating.. but I was not, he did say that.
@ThroatShot Yet another reason why Babcock needs to either get his head examined or get fired...I prefer the latter at this point.