Detroit found a new way to lose as they welcomed the Winnipeg Jets into the Joe for a Tuesday night fight and ended up falling in the shootout 3-2.
The one constant for the reffing standard has always been that if a guy created what should reasonably be considered a scoring chance and takes a hook, hold, slash, or other panic play, that a penalty would be called. In this game, I felt the refs abandoned that standard in a way that was significantly more one-sided that I'm used to seeing (not to say that the Wings didn't get away with stuff, just that the Jets got away with more). Detroit outshot the Jets 43-21 and went 2/4 on the power play while stopping all three Jets chances with a man advantage.
Jimmy Howard was significantly outplayed by Ondrej Pavelec in this game. I feel that it made a difference in the outcome. Pavelec didn't have any huge robbery-type saves, but his positioning and rebound control were very solid and he kept the Jets in the game for stretches.
1st Period 07:10 - Winnipeg Goal: Bryan Little (snap shot) from Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd
The Jets take advantage of some pure garbage neutral zone play and put their very first shot of the game past Howard. The Wings are controlling play through the period, but a bad decision inside the blue line does them in. Niklas Kronwall fires a shot from the point that Pavelec punches to the side boards. Andrew Ladd beats Zetterberg to the puck at the half-boards, establishing body position on him. Datsyuk tries to pinch here, but Ladd gets it around to Wheeler heading into the neutral zone. Kronwall and Kindl are back, but Wheeler is joined by Ladd in the center lane and Little on the left wing as he crosses over the Wings' blue line on the right side. Kindl ties up with Ladd as he drives the net front while Franzen watches Wheeler directly. This leaves the left side circle open for Little to fall a little behind the rush and receive the cross-ice feed. Little snaps it past Howard and it's 1-0 Jets. There's very little Kindl and Kronwall can do here. I'm going to clear Kronwall's minus and halve Kindl's. As the net-front guy, Kindl probably needs to avoid trying up with Ladd as quickly so he can leave his options open. The problem on this goal is the Wings' two best forwards. Bertuzzi is coming back from the net-front and can't catch this play even if it's his job. Bertuzzi will be cleared. Datsyuk will pick up an extra minus for missing the pinch and letting the rush get behind him. Zetterberg will pick the minus back up that Franzen gets when he changes behind the play. Franzen will be cleared. Additionally, Zetterberg will also get a minus and a half. He stops moving his feet in the offensive zone against Ladd and then doesn't get back quickly enough. His stick does break on this play, but he's got to recognize that it's an odd-man situation and he can't slowly change here.
1st Period 14:44 - Detroit Goal (PP): Pavel Datsyuk (wrist shot) from Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall
Detroit pulls even on a pretty passing play to create an easy put-away goal with the man advantage. The Wings almost score on a strong zone entry, but the puck ends up stopped and going wide. Zetterberg picks it up behind the net and circles up the boards to Pavelec's right, resetting to Kronwall at the point before receiving the pass back from him at the half-boards. Z turns to the middle of the ice and sees a lane to Datsyuk at the bottom of the opposite-side circle. Z wires the pass over and Datsyuk zips it home. No adjustment here. This is how the power play should work. Bert is playing good net-front, but I think it's a Byfuglien screen which slows Pavelec down on the cross-ice pass.
3rd Period 10:47 - Winnipeg Goal: Zach Bogosian (wrist shot) from Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane
The Jets break the monotony of a tight defensive game by taking advantage of the second breakdown of the game by the Wings. Evander Kane beats a Danny DeKeyser pinch up the boards by poking the puck past him. Quincey races back to get into position to prevent it from turning into a breakaway, even poking the puck to the corner away from Kane. In the process of doing this, Kane skates through the poke check and knocks Quincey's stick out of his hand where it lands behind the net. Kane is able to swiftly play it back between his own legs to get it around Alfredsson coming back to help. Jokinen picks it up and circles up the boards with Dekeyser watching him. As Quincey goes behind the net to pick up his own stick, nobody picks up Bogosian stepping up on the play. Jokinen finds him in the middle of the ice just as Quincey comes back from around the net. Bogosian freezes both Quincey and Howard with just a little bit of a stutter, then walks it just around Howard to put it behind the Wings' netminder, who is two feet above his own crease. Right off, this is a bad goal for Howard, so the minuses for everybody will be cleared (Alfredsson, Quincey, Helm, DeKeyser, Franzen). However, DeKeyser will earn his minus back on the failed pinch. Alfredsson will earn his minus back on allowing the Kane pass to Jokinen. Franzen will earn his minus back for not recognizing the Quincey problem and jumping to the middle. Quincey will earn his back for not being in the right spot and stopping Bogosian. Helm will earn his back for being very slow to get back into the zone. On top of all that, Quincey, DeKesyer, and Helm will each earn extra minuses for their coverages here. Bogosian is Helm's man and there's no excuse for him to be this far behind the play. DeKeyser chases Jokinen up the boards instead of getting into the passing lane, and Quincey should probably just leave his stick until the puck is cleared.
3rd Period 13:12 - Detroit Goal (PP): Pavel Datsyuk (wrist shot) from Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson
The Wings pull even on a net-front scramble power play goal just as a 5-on-3 expires. The Jets get one clear on the 5-on-3 and then nearly get another, but Datsyuk is able to knock it down and keep it in about 30 seconds before the goal. From here, the Wings set up a few scoring looks, but can't find the net. The final play gets set up as Kronwall is able to walk in and just barely misses a backhand top-shelfer. Zetterberg recovers the loose puck and goes back to Alfredsson up top. With Franzen standing in front, Kronwall skating between the hash marks, and Datsyuk just to the side, Alfie throws a low shot/pass to the front of the net. The puck gets all the way through to Pavelec, who stops it, but Franzen is right there to body off the defender and attempt to sweep it just past the goalie's leg. Pavelec gets his pad over in desperation, but his leg just isn't long enough to keep the puck out when Datsyuk sweeps in to push home the rebound. Good setup on this play. Datsyuk will get the only adjustment in the form of a half-plus for the keep-in which helps the Wings continue the pressure.
1st Period 03:28 - Grant Clitsome (holding): The Wings put a scrum in front of Pavelec and Franzen plays very hard to create a rebout chance. Clitsome grabs onto Mule to try and move him and he goes to the box for his trouble. Plus for Franzen.
1st Period 09:05 - Johan Franzen (slashing): Mule chops Enstrom in the wrist deep in the Winnipeg zone. Dumb penalty to take and an obvious one to boot. Minus for Franzen.
1st Period 14:02 - Mark Scheifele (hooking): The Wings get their second power play off a neutral zone penalty by Mark Shoo-fly. Tatar gets to a loose puck and Scarfly hooks him lazily from behind. This isn't a drawn call as much as lazy stickwork. No adjustment.
3rd Period 01:55 - Joakim Andersson (tripping): The Jets are forechecking deep in the Wings' zone when Andersson comes back to help Lashoff by chopping Frolik's feet out from under him. Minus for Andersson.
3rd Period 11:10 - Blake Wheeler (tripping): Datsyuk splits the D in the neutral zone and gets taken down for his trouble. Plus for Datsyuk.
3rd Period 12:21 - Evander Kane (high sticking): Kane is forechecking shorthanded when he carelessly gets his stick up on Samuelsson. No adjustment on the bad stickwork.
Overtime 03:56 - Jakub Kindl (slashing): Jakub is back 1-on-2 when Evander Kane gets a bit of a chance. He chops Kane across the wrists and goes to the box. Minus for Kindl. I'm also going to give a minus to Alfredsson. He has a turnover which gives the Jets this scoring chance.
+1 to Justin Abdelkader: Inconsistent reffing stood between Abdelkader drawing at least one penalty for driving the front of the net and not getting that chance. He was good.
+1 to Pavel Datsyuk and Joakim Andersson: Two more players who were victimized by what absolutely should have been penalty calls in their favor will get credit for doing some great hard work in this game.
I'm leaving a lot of minuses on the boards for the team after what was a mostly-dominating performance for them because we're kind of past the point of moral victories in this one. The mistakes the Wings made which led to goals against were pretty awful mistakes.
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