Frustrating game. Chances were there for both teams. Ducks made it happen at the end.
Here's the recap.
And here we go - a huge game.
After the break:
Early penalty against the Ducks for tender interference, but Detroit whiffs literally on the PP chance. Thankfully, Perry's an a-hole and does the same thing again and gives the Wings another PP.
"What? I wasn't in the crease!"
Soon after, the MULE does what he does best! Suck it Hiller.
Speaking of Mule, he then goes right into the box. Howard says suck it old man on a great save on Selanne.
Emmerton gets two minutes for showing the world how little hair Getzlaf has. 5-3 PK. Here we go.
Announcers just said Howard has to steal this one. I can't agree more. So far so good. (Knock on wood...)
And Howard responds with possibly the best save thus far in the playoffs. Wow, what a glove he has sometimes.
Not much is happening, so here's a fun stat - Detroit's leader scorer so far in the playoffs is Brunner. He also has less ice time than anyone else not named Nyquist, Bertuzzi, Emmerton and Eaves.
And because I said that, a weak floating shot makes it through a million bodies and ties it up past Howard. 17th shot of the game already for the Ducks.
18-9 end of period shots. Howard is MVP thus far.
First intermission and you made the jump, so I'll give you this former Wings coach gif:
An early two goals would be nice, right guys?
Eaves almost does what I ask, but Hiller makes a huge save. Wings buzzing.
Bertuzzi intentionally stayed out for a super long shift to get on the ice with Datsyuk. Can't blame him, he's playing well. Babbles, move him to line two damnit!
Speaking of that, next shift Bert is on a line with Datsyuk. Quicker response than I would have thought...Sammy is down on line 4.
I love playoff Franzen.
I don't love playoff Cleary. Line two right now is getting worked by Perry's line. Filppula and Cleary and just weak as hell.
Palmieri has a breakaway, but Howard summons the ghost of Hasek and scares Palmieri into missing the net by flopping on his back. Who am I to question him?
Our kid line is consistently our second best line. Why are they never on the ice? Right now, Cleary and Filppula have the most ice time of any forwards. They've also been our worst forwards. WTF .
And just as I'm typing how pissed I am about how Sammy is back on the first line, Hiller gives out a bigger rebound than Taylor Swift and Sammy pounds it home. Figures. Anyway, WOOOOO!
Just seconds later, Brunner has the biggest breakaway of his life, only to be stoned by Hiller. Still buzzing for the rest of the shift and Smith hits the post. Nothing.
And just a minute later, a Duck channelled Brett Lebda and turned it over it to Datsyuk for a one on one chance with HIller. Nothing.
Cleary is down, clearly in a ton of pain. But don't show the hit NBC, instead lets immediately go to commerical. Great.
Just watched the replay - damn...textbook boarding. Five minutes PP.
Early on in the PP, Nyquist pings one off the post. Hiller better be thanking those before the night is over.
Well, we didn't want that
first two three four minutes of the entire PP anyway. Smith picks up a weak holding penalty, which was less surprising than pretty girl Arias facing the slammer.
And the PK kills us again - Getzlaf has the red sea part and snipes it on Howard like WWII.
Wings come back with another post right before the end of the period. Not enough though. Period ends.
Intermission - so here's a freaking awesome picture of Datsyuk scoring last game.
Credit to SimplySolace
So far we've seen one period where Detroit has dominated and one where they've been dominated. This period is going to be interesting.
Cleary is back. As much as I don't love his ice time right now, I'm glad he's ok.
Both teams trading chances early on. But neither is taking chances.
A Duck snowplows into Howard, bringing the puck with him. No goal.
Please don't go into overtime. I need to sleep sometime.
Datsyuk wants to dangle, but the best defense against him is bad ice. Honda Center has plenty of that.
Bertuzzi sends a pass to Eaves for a breakaway. Called offside.
Bullshit. Refs always screw this call up. Costs Detroit a breakaway.
Ryan gets a rebound chance. Howard gets a leg on it. I get a heart attack.
Anyone else notice Zetterberg can't hit the net this series?
Final minute. Perry gets the chance of his dreams but Howard stones him like they talked about in the Bible. Worth every penny that goalie is
We have overtime. F#$k.
And before it ever starts, Ducks win.
All is not lost. Game six is Friday.
What have you guys thought of Lashoff's play? I feel like he's a bit uncomfortable out there (and that's not an indictment on the guy, he's a rookie) and I wouldn't mind seeing a better puck mover out there instead. I can't believe I'm saying this but, you think Coliacovo might be an upgrade at this point?
The NHL is getting to the point where you don't want a power play because the refs are just going to give it right back to the other team and if your team stinks with the man advantage (like we do), it's going to do nothing but get the other team amped up. That penalty on Smith after the 5 min major was a joke and considering how bad our power play is, I was actually hoping they wouldn't give the Ducks player a major because I knew it was gonna come back to bite us.
I don't know what game Babcock was watching in the third but the play definitely wasn't even. It was all Ducks. At one point I saw two forecheckers and we've shown that we can't handle any pressure on our defense. We simply looked scared to lose in the third. This team needs to learn to play as the 7th seed. We're not the ones who had a record breaking season. We have nothing to lose and we need to start playing like it.
#1. I had a bad feeling about the final result of this game the second they showed Bettman's ugly mug in the seats. #2. Outside of everything else, not taking advantage of that 5 min PP cost us the game. #3. Anyone else notice that nearly every time Fillpula carried the puck into the offensive zone, he went up the sideboards, failed to skate/muscle (hahaha right) his way through the D, and ended up reversing back up the boards in the exact same spot? Most ineffective. #4. Corry Perry is a giant piece of shit, and I'm pretty sure even his own mother would agree with me. #5. We've proved over and over again in this series that we can elevate our game and dictate the pace, it's time to leave it all out on the ice for these last two games. LGRW!
@austikyl I'm old enough to remember Sid Abel as an analyst on the Red Wings radio broadcasts, so I had a bad feeling when they hit the post repeatedly in the second period. Sid always said that was a "bad omen."
@austikyl That is Fil's signature move, carry the puck in then do nothing then probably a turnover. He needs to frigging shoot, so many times he carried right into the slot only to peel off or pass it out to the winger.
Good recap, except you're quite forgiving. That was probably the worst OT start I have ever seen. Did they realise that the first to score in OT wins? Combined with scoring nothing on a 5min PP, and allowing Getzlaf to literally cruise in at about 5mph was absolutely pathetic. I can maybe even forgive that, but to come out in OT and dick around chasing the puck like a bunch of high schoolers, I cannot.