This opponing santance is poot together as wall as the Rad Wangs poot together their opponing pee-ree odd.
As for the reffing standard? Let's just say the stripes looked about as interested in being on the ice as the Red Wings did.
Petr Mrazek got the surprise start and couldn't be saved from his team's poor first period showing because Jonas Gustavsson tweaked his groin. Fortunately, he only saw two shots in the 2nd period and shut the door the entire remainder of the game. This loss isn't on him.
1st Period 10:57 - New York Goal: Kyle Okposo (wrist shot) from John Tavares and Tomas Vanek
The Isles get a 2-on-1 and finish with an easy pass across for a shot at an open net by Okposo. Play starts with an offensive zone cycle by Glendening, Cleary, and Eaves trying to find space in scoring areas. The cycle ends when Cleary pushes it behind the Islanders net where Hickey gets to it first and goes to the half-wall where Vanek receives the pass. Smith steps up on him, but is easily beaten by a turn inward and a pass to Tavares exiting the zone. Cleary is skating back at Tavares, but is clearly outclassed in the skating here. As Tavares enters the zone, he gets Quincey to turn and chase instead of staying between both players facing the play. Tavares gets to the dot before passing it through Quincey to Okposo for the finish. First off, Glendening and Eaves will get back the minuses that Datsyuk and Bertuzzi are unfortunate enough to step into on this play. Next, Cleary will get a turnover minus and a coverage half-minus. He essentially kills the cycle with Glendening at net-front and Eaves going to the slot. The dump behind the net is a bad play. Cleary should also immediately recognize he won't catch Tavares and focus on Okposo to free Quincey to make this challenge. Quincey is kind of a victim of this decision, but not enough of one for my liking. Q will get a coverage minus here as well. He's still facing up ice when he recognizes that Cleary has failed his backcheck and doesn't cover the lane. Smith will also get a minus here for a pinch he shouldn't make with the line matchup that's on the ice.
1st Period 15:07 - New York Goal: Michael Grabner (wrist shot) from Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen
Five minutes later, the Isles strike again on another turnover. The Isles gain the zone on another offensive zone pinch (Quincey this time) that leads to speed the other way, as Grabner gets on Smith in the zone and forces the play to get the forecheck set up. After one cycle around the zone with the puck, Bailey gets the it at the half wall and throws a cross-ice pass through Sheahan. Smith has his stick in position, but the puck bounces straight to Grabner standing five feet away from him for the quick gather and snipe past Mrazek. Nobody will be cleared here, as the puck moves through each player's zone of responsibility. Quincey and Smith will each get an extra coverage minus on the way they handle their coverages. Sheahan will pick up a half-minus. Bailey gets room to make the pass here because Sheahan feints to the spot behind the net instead of watching the net-front while both his D-Men are behind the icing line.
1st Period 16:55 - New York Goal: Casey Cizikas (wrist shot) from Matt Martin and Colin McDonald
It's 3-0 on another bad coverage breakdown for the Wings in their own zone. A play that should be icing is blown off as Lashoff gets outskated by McDonald skating to the corner. After winning the race, McDonald punches it off the boards around Lashoff and Martin gets it behind the net, feeding it quickly out to Cizikas out front for a put-away goal with two guys standing on him and nobody covering. Lashoff and Quincey will each get minuses for their failure, as will Glendening, who watched the pass go directly through his legs.
3rd Period 13:11 - Evgeni Nabokov (tripping): Nabokov tries a sweep-check on Bertuzzi behind the net and misses the puck/brings down Bert. It's laughable that this is the first call of the game. No adjustment.
3rd Period 16:37 - Todd Bertuzzi (hooking): This one is certainly a hook, but once again, based on the penalty standard, I'm not going to make an adjustment.
-1 to Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Danny DeKeyser: Ericsson being injured halfway through the game doesn't change how bad he was in the first 30 minutes. No defenseman deserved to even be at even for the Wings in this game. Brutally bad game for the Detroit defensive corps.
-2 to Todd Bertuzzi: It's bad enough to not play the net-front effectively, but consistently killing offensive zone time with turnovers isn't cutting it. He's in over his head right now.
+1 to Riley Sheahan: I don't think he was as bad as a -1.5 overall rating. He had several very good plays in this game.
A few goalposts gone differently and this game is at least less-embarrassing, but that wasn't to be. Late in the third, Babcock put together the Griffins top line of Tatar-Andersson-Nyquist, which I like to watch. They spent a lot of time cycling, but wasn't able to crack the scoreboard.
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