Game 29 of 48
Detroit finished their northwest Canada road trip with four out of six points thanks to back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday night after handing it to the Vancouver Canucks wearing ugly jerseys.
Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power play, after wasting a long 5-on-3 chance, but also held Vancouver scoreless through six chances, including an extended two-man advantage for the Canucks as well.
Jimmy Howard won the head-to-head. Luongo didn't look nearly as sharp as Howard, who made some very big saves on his way to a +2 overall rating for a game in which our winner allowed a goal six seconds in.
1st Period 00:06 - Vancouver Goal: Alex Burrows (one-timer) from Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler
Vancouver wins the faceoff and turns it immediately up ice. Burrows takes a cross-ice pass from Sedin and one-times it past Howard. Brian Lashoff will pull a coverage minus for letting this become a 2-on-1. Only Zetterberg will keep his full minus (losing the opening faceoff cleanly doesn't help). Brunner and Filppula will have their minuses cleared while Kronwall will have his halved. The speed at which this develops makes it that much harder for Kronner to prevent it.
1st Period 06;08 - Detroit Goal: Justin Abdelkader (deflection) from Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen
Datsyuk makes it happen as he gains the zone, backs Hamhuis off, then banks it in off Abdelkader's skate. I'm going to adjust this to give Datsyuk half-credit for the goal and Abdelkader half-credit. I'm also going to give Datsyuk an extra half-plus on breaking up a Vancouver transition to get the Wings the puck back. White will get the third assist for starting this play from behind the Detroit net.
2nd Period 13:57 - Detroit Goal (PP): Henrik Zetterberg (snap shot) from Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen
Datsyuk gets it to Z on the doorstep for an easy layup to put Detroit in front. Zetterberg will get a self-assist for sweeping the loose puck to Datsyuk standing open in the corner which allows this play to set. Brunner will get a non-touch assist for being part of the melee and providing a distraction to the defense out front which allows the puck to go right through the man covering him twice.
3rd Period 01:20 - Detroit Goal: Henrik Zetterberg (slap shot) from Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall
Detroit turns an odd-man rush into a one-timer goal as Filppula feeds Z at the top of the slot for a shot through Luongo. Ericsson is going to get a half-assist (non-touch) for recognizing the need to join the rush in order to make this a 3-on-2. He also drives the center lane, which takes Bieksa off Zetterberg, giving him a lane to shoot.
3rd Period 05:57 - Detroit Goal: Daniel Cleary (wrist shot) from Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner
Cleary gets one that Luongo probably wants back, as he snaps one from just above the circle into the net. Kindl and White will lose their pluses for changing behind the play. Smith and Lashoff are involved enough to earn their pluses. I like Brunner's play here moving the puck up ice on the turnover by Edler and then waiting until just after both Vancouver D-Men have to collapse on him before passing it off. This creates space for Cleary to get the puck and shoot. Brunner will earn a plus.
3rd Period 14:44 - Detroit Goal: Justin Abdelkader (boing!) from Pavel Datsyuk and Jakub Kindl
Datsyuk scores bank-shot goal #2 on the night as he hits Abdelkader in the chest with a centering pass and it goes off Abby and into the net. Again, I'm going to split credit between Datsyuk and Abdelkader to a half-goal each. Franzen will get a half-assist (non-touch) on driving the net to make a lane for the pass to go through. Datsyuk will earn a bonus plus for the pressure and hustle to get Detroit the puck back and get into the zone in a hurry.
3rd Period 17:22 - Vancouver Goal: Alex Burrows (Niklas Kronwall) from Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa
The Canucks drive all five guys into the zone and get a bounce that turns into an own-goal for Kronwall as he tries to clear it. Kronwall will get a minus for sweeping it into his own net. Brunner and Miller will have their minuses cleared as they're transitioning from offense behind the play. Filppula tries to play a little cute with his stick in front instead of playing the body. This will earn Flip an extra half-minus.
Penalty Adjustments (pluses and minuses only)
1st Period 11:10 - Brian Lashoff (high-sticking): Easy enough call without the Burrows head-snap, but it's a penalty. Minus for Lashoff.
2nd Period 05:59 - Henrik Zetterberg (tripping): Z gets caught flat-footed at his own blue line and takes down Bieksa on a rush. Minus for Zetterberg. Drew Miller will also get a half-minus. He has a turnover in the neutral zone here which helps lead to this penalty.
2nd Period 07:35 - Maxim Lapierre (tripping): Valtteri Filppula and some clever offensive zone moves forces Lapierre to bring him down. Plus for Filppula. Kindl will also get a half-plus. Jakub runs a nice pick on Bieksa (by gaining that patch of ice first), which gives Filppula a bit more room to dangle.
3rd Period 06:46 - Jonathan Ericsson (cross-checking): Riggy gives Sedin a pretty big chop at the side of the net to earn a penalty. Ericsson will get a minus.
3rd Period 11:21 - Niklas Kronwall (tripping): Easy call here, as Kronwall uses his stick to impede Burrows and Burrows makes sure the ref knows it. Minus for Kronwall.
3rd Period 12:01 - Brian Lashoff (delay of game): I just want to clarify on this, as it's a non-adjustment. It's been around long enough to know, but this is just some very bad luck for Lashoff, who is making the absolutely right play here clearing a loose puck out front on a PK.
3rd Period 19:51 - Jordin Tootoo (high-sticking): Watching Tootoo take a high-sticking penalty while wearing cotton swabs up his nose for an uncalled high-stick is kind of funny. No adjustment.
+1 to Jonathan Ericsson: Riggy took a bit to calm down in this one, but he played very well, especially on Vancouver's 5-on-3 chance.
+1 to Pavel Datsyuk: Every single shift he was on the ice, Datsyuk made good things happen. Very dominant performance.
+1 to Jakub Kindl: For as shaky as he looked against Edmonton, Kindl looked collected and mature in this one. I really liked his play at the top of the Vancouver zone on offense to smartly create chances.
+0.5 to Drew Miller: I thought Miller more than earned his promotion to Zetterberg's wing in this one, and that's not a statement on Brunner.
+1 to Henrik Zetterberg: Z struggled against the Sedin matchup earlier in the game, but he settled down and got the job done, especially on the PK.
I though Brunner was solid after being moved down. I hope he doesn't get down, as I've liked his hustle.