The Red Wings did to the Ducks on Friday what the Wild did to the Red Wings on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, it's more fun to write these from this perspective than from that one. The Ducks sure did act like petulant jerks in this game, huh?
The only real problem I have with the refs was their failure to hand out even one instigator, especially to Bobby Ryan late in the game. Detroit's PK kept Anaheim's dangerous-looking power play off the boards while going 1-for-2 on their own power plays, scoring the game-winner with the man advantage.
+1 head-to-head for Jimmy Howard. This is an easy decision to make, seeing as Jimmy Howard wasn't the one who got pulled and wasn't the one who got made to look like he had made a pee-stain in his own net. Overall, Howard made a good handful of those positionally sound big saves where really all you can do it be as big as possible and hope the puck hits you. Anaheim got more scoring chances from good shooting areas than I'd have liked to have seen, but Howard's rebound control and scrambling were good. The game could have gone fairly differently if Howard wasn't up to the task. +2 overall for Howard.
1st Period 11:31 - Anaheim Goal: Teemu Selanne (wrist shot) from Kyle Palmieri and Cam Fowler
The Ducks open the scoring by getting a 4-on-2 rush off an icing faceoff. Palmieri finds Selanne and the Finnish Flopper puts it in. Andersson is going to pull a minus and a half on this play. He loses the faceoff cleanly, lets Fowler escape, and slows down Cleary. He's at least got to take Fowler out of the play. Ian White will get an extra minus. On the odd-man, White's job is the passing lane. Instead of preventing the cross-ice, he's got his stick in Palmieri's shooting lane and his body in the lane to Fowler (who is covered by Kindl). He's got to be blocking the cross-ice to Selanne here. Everybody else (Kindl, Cleary, Brunner) will have their minuses cleared.
1st Period 13:36 - Detroit Goal: Justin Abdelkader (haha) from Brendan Smith and Jimmy Howard
For some dumb reason, Sheldon Souray kind of forgets that you're not supposed to let people skate around you. Abdelkader takes advantage and scores his first of the night through Viktor Fasth's five-hole. No adjustment on this play. If I wanted to be a dick, I'd give Beauchemin an assist for kicking the Brendan Smith outlet pass straight to Abdelkader.
1st Period 14:59 - Detroit Goal (PP): Pavel Datsyuk (backhand) from Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg
Some great puck movement by the Detroit power play earns Datsyuk an easy backhander into a wide open net. Kronwall is going to get the third assist for helping quarterback this. The best work here is done by Zetterberg, who will get a bonus assist for being the prime driver of this play and creating havoc for the Ducks' PK. Datsyuk will get a self assist for the puck retrieval and zone entry work done.
2nd Period 03:06 - Detroit Goal: Justin Abdelkader (snap shot) from Johan Franzen and Jakub Kindl
51 seconds of zone time turns into a goal for the Wings thanks to some good forechecking and puck retrieval culminating in a cross-ice pass and a snap shot by Abdelkader. Abby will get a self-assist while Datsyuk will get a third assist. Franzen does a lot of the work to create this play and will get a bonus assist. I'm also going to give Franzen and Datsyuk bonus pluses. Each of the chances the Ducks had to clear the zone on this shift were defeated by these two.
2nd Period 12:46 - Detroit Goal: Justin Abdelkader (one-timer) from Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk
Abdelkader completes the hat trick on another Franzen feed after Datsyuk bails him out for a turnover. Pavs will get a bonus plus for the steal in which he bats a Sbisa clearing attempt out of mid-air to turn the puck back into the zone from just inside the Anaheim blue line.
3rd Period 15:17 - Detroit Goal: Johan Franzen (Emerson Etem) from Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk
Emerson Etem finally scores a goal that counts in this game. Franzen gets to a badly played dump-on-net and throws it to the front where Etem's stick pokes it into the net. The full intent on this play by Franzen is to pass to Abdelkader and he essentially gets lucky that Etem puts it in for him. Without Abdelkader's drive, it doesn't happen. I'm going to split the goal and assist between Franzen and Abdelkader. Jonathan Ericsson will get the third assist for a clever play to Datsyuk for the breakout. Datsyuk will get a bonus plus for turning an Anaheim rush into an Anaheim dump-in thanks to some good neutral zone work.
Penalty Adjustments (pluses and minuses only)
1st Period 14:15 - Ryan Getzlaf (hooking): Filppula gets good body position coming back on a puck and Getzlaf hooks him. It's more on Getzlaf, but still worth a half-plus for Filppula.
1st Period 17:48 - Niklas Kronwall (slashing): Kronwall gets too aggressive with his stick and breaks Corey Perry's twig. Minus for Kronwall
1st Period 19:22 - Brendan Smith (hooking): Smith on the PK has a great opportunity to go on a shorthanded break, but he doesn't recognize it in time. This lets Cam Fowler get body position on him. Smith makes up for the slow first step by hooking Fowler. I'm pretty upset about this one. Minus for Smith.
2nd Period 09:59 - Joakim Andersson (holding): This is only going to be a half-minus for Andersson because Selanne sells what is a very minor hold with a hard dive.
3rd Period 17:57 - Bobby Ryan (cross-checking): Ryan loses his cool and tries to take a run at Smith, who ends up Datsyuking the little punk and planting him on his ass for the 2nd time on the shift. Then for good measure, Smith kicks Ryan's ass. I like Smith's play here and will give him a plus.
-1 to Ian White: He got a little better as the game went on, but the Ducks got scoring chances on each of his first five shifts of the night, and a lot of those were his fault.
+1 to Gustav Nyquist: Great hustle from the kid who looked more dangerous in this one.
+1 to Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Drew Miller, Jonathan Ericsson, and Niklas Kronwall: Bruce Boudreau stacked his lineup to put his very best forwards out against these five guys and this five-man unit won the possession battle.
I liked Brunner in this game.