DIZZY BULLSHIT - Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Game 9 of 48
This game sucked. The Red Wings sucked. You suck.
Jimmy Howard sucked. He will get a -1 in the head-to-head against Calgary's goaltending (just one -1, not one against each). Overall, I'm going to give him a -1. Screened shots from the point are a crapshoot, but that first goal was shitty.
Scoring and plus/minus analysis after the jump
1st Period 03:24 - Calgary Goal: Jarome Iginla (wrist shot) from Alex Tanguay and Mike Cammalleri
Tanguay chucks the puck at the front of the net with some traffic in front and bad defense/rebound control gives Iginla a chance to shove the puck under Howard. This is a bad goal. By rule, Datsyuk, Tatar, Filppula, Lashoff, and Kronwall will have their minuses cleared. Lashoff will earn back a half-minus for some iffy positioning. Tanguay didn't get off something challenging enough for this to be much on him. Datsyuk will get a minus for letting the Tanguay shot get right through him. Kronwall will get a minus-and-a-half for not boxing out and then not eliminating Iginla.
1st Period 10:35 - Calgary Goal (PP): Curtis Glencross (wrist shot) from Mike Cammalleri and Dennis Wideman
Cammalleri finds Glencross on the back door for an easy put-in. Ordinarily, I wouldn't hand out minuses for a 5-on-3 goal against, but this puck goes directly through Kronwall and straight to a guy standing right behind Zetterberg. Both cases are times when there are multiple angles to be covered, but that's the nature of it. They don't have those angles and it costs them. Kronwall and Zetterberg will each get a minus.
2nd Period 12:37 - Detroit Goal (PP): Johan Franzen (backhand) from Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall
The Flames think they have a clear, but Kronwall salvages the zone possession and Zetterberg finds Franzen open down low for a nifty backhander top shelf to the far side. Brunner will get the third assist for a solid keep-in before he passed off to Kronwall to start this play.
2nd Period 19:36 - Calgary Goal: Dennis Wideman (wrist shot) from Matt Stajan
Datsyuk loses a faceoff cleanly and Wideman chucks it through traffic into the net. Cleary will not get a minus, as his coverage responsibility is away from the play. Datsyuk will get an extra minus (turnover) for losing the faceoff so cleanly. Ericsson will also get an extra minus. He is screening Howard from the get-go on this. If you're not going to block it, you have to let your goalie see it.
3rd period 15:58 - Calgary Goal (PP): Mark Giordano (slap shot) from Alex Tanguay (hopefully)
The PKers turn the faceoff into a board battle semi-high in the zone, but Calgary gets it to the far-side point man, Giordano, who fires it from up top and in. Drew Miller will get the only minus. Giordano is his coverage responsibility. He plays aggressively for a loose puck as it comes out of the board battle, but is beaten to it and then can't get back in time to stop the shot. As of this writing, it's marked down as unassisted, but it clearly looks as though Tanguay gets his stick on the puck before Miller does and is responsible for sweeping it over to the goal-scorer.
Penalty Adjustments (pluses and minuses only)
1st Period 10:02 - Jonathan Ericsson (interference): Offensive zone penalties are always dumb. Riggy hits his guy before the puck gets there. Minus for Ericsson.
1st Period 10:16 - Kyle Quincey (tripping): I'm going to break the policy of only covering adjustments here because people seem to hate Quincey and this one deserves explanation. Jiri Hudler runs a pick and turns as Quincey is chasing his man on the PK. This is a brutal call to give a team down by a man. I'm not making an adjustment because I think they called the exact wrong person.
1st Period 18:44 - Jay Bouwmeester (cross-checking): Good zone pressure causes this. Half-pluses to Zetterberg, Brunner, and Franzen.
2nd Period 1:54 - Tomas Tatar (holding the stick): Minus for Tatar on entirely avoidable penalty.
2nd Period 12:06 - Dennis Wideman (interference): Tatar earns back a plus for forcing the play on the forecheck. It's a bit of a soft call, but that's becoming the standard now.
2nd Period 17:22 - Danny Cleary (holding): Backchecking with only one hand on the stick. Cleary gets a minus.
3rd Period 04:30 - Chris Butler (holding): Cleary hustles to get position and force a penalty by Butler. Cleary gets a plus.
3rd Period 15:48 - Danny Cleary (holding): Couldn't keep it up, could you, Dan? Minus for Cleary.
+1 to Tomas Tatar: He was one of the best Red Wings forwards in this game. I'd like to see him play Thursday as well.
+0.5 to Ian White and Kent Huskins: White was easily the best blueliner. He did have a turnover in the defensive zone which cost him, but overall a very solid game. Huskins played fewer minutes, but played every bit as solidly
-1 to Danny Cleary: It's become more than just passively bad play by Cleary. He was actively detrimental to the Red Wings.
This was one of those games where the goal adjustments tell the story pretty well.