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Game 24 of 48
The refs let absolutely everything go except for a high-stick by Taylor Hall very early in the game. Detroit was the benefactor of an essentially penalty-free game as I think the Wings got away with a little bit more.
Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 Edmonton shots. He made a couple of rather large saves, but mostly had a solid, quiet game. Howard will win the head-to-head and get a +1 overall. Detroit solidly outplayed Edmonton and the Oilers didn't get very many quality chances.
2nd Period 03:16 - Detroit Goal: Jakub Kindl (wrist shot) from Patrick Eaves and Brian Lashoff
Kindl receives a pass at his own blue line and leads the rush into the zone on the right wing. He cuts into the middle, has a shot blocked, regains the puck, and then fights through a ton of traffic to get a follow-up shot on net that squirts through Dubnyk for the game-winner. I like Kindl on this whole shift. He blocks an Edmonton shot and helps turn the puck back around. Kindl will get a self-assist and a bonus plus.
2nd Period 12:19 - Detroit Goal: Cory Emmerton (wrist shot) from Drew Miller and Pavel Datsyuk
The Wings put on a clinic for about four minutes of game time which finally culminates in a goal that looks every bit like a Datsyuk half-boards feet to Zetterberg streaking into the play, except it's Drew Miller finding Cory Emmerton in the slot for the goal. Datsyuk's going to earn the plus back that he loses for having changed just prior (to get Emmerton on the ice, no less). Dan Cleary is also going to earn an assist for some great work on this play to keep it going and nearly score himself. I'm going to give Miller a bonus half-plus. From hustling through a trip in front to get the loose puck to escaping up the boards to make space for him to find Emmerton, I think he makes a great play here.
3rd Period 18:50 - Detroit Goal (EN): Justin Abdelkader (whatever) from Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner
Detroit ices it three consecutive times, twice on Damien Brunner long-shots at the empty net which he misses. After Babcock is forced to call his timeout, Detroit gets the empty-netter on a faceoff win by Zetterberg that touches all five Wings' sticks before Abby sweeps it into the open net. Quincey and Smith will get the third and fourth assists respectively for some quick puck movement. Zetterberg will get a bonus half-plus for winning the faceoff and then doing a clever rag just shy of the red line before throwing an area pass to let Abby win a race to the puck.
Penalty Adjustments (pluses and minuses only)
+1 to Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, and Patrick Eaves: This line ruled the ice when they were on. They badly outchanced ther opposition and looked consistently dangerous.
+1 to Cory Emmerton: On top of the goal he deserved, Emmerton had a very good night. I was really impressed with this performance.
+0.5 to Henrik Zetterberg: This rating is nearly entirely based on the insane offensive zone shift that Hank had in the third period. 92 seconds of relentless pressure and board battling earns this one for Z.
+0.5 to Dan Cleary: Cleary had a very good game. I thought he hustled well and won board battles where the team needed.
Kindl had a strong game and if he hadn't ended up as high as he did on plus/minus, he'd have gotten a bonus adjustment. Quincey bailed himself out of a minus with some solid third period play. I liked Ericsson and Kronwall more than I disliked them, but not by enough (and let's face it, it's tougher for the top pair because it's expected of them). Johan Franzen missing out on the plus parade is just about punishment enough for a guy who doesn't really deserve to be punished, but certainly doesn't deserve to be praised. Brunner's two dumb icings wiped out what would have been a plus for aggressive play dogging the puck.