Detroit Red Wings Game Analysis, After-Action Report for Friday Dec 19th: Detroit Red Wings 1 - New York Islanders 2
The Red Wings lost again. This time to the Islanders. They deserved this loss.
The refereeing was bad, the shooting was bad, the power play was bad.
Jimmy Howard played only the first period, giving up a weird bad goal before sitting for the last 40 minutes. Petr Mrazek made some amazing stops and then tried as hard as he could to hand the Isles a third goal out of the kindness of his crazy heart.
Guide to plus/minus adjustments
1st Period 08:49 - Detroit Goal: Henrik Zetterberg (snap shot) from Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar
The Wings get a turnover at the Islanders' blue line and turn it into the first goal of the game for Henrik Zetterberg. Helm tries to escape Visnovsky behind the Isles' goal, but loses it to him coming out from behind the net. Visnovsky takes body position as Helm dogs back on him and Datsyuk joins to angle him off as he comes up the boards. Visnovsky tries to one-hand a pass out of the zone, but Tatar is at the blue line and sticks his skate out to block it back. This allows Helm to turn back into the zone with it. Tatar drags Visnovsky to the front of the net while Hickey comes over to try and contain Helm low in the corner. The Rest of the Isles' defense sets up as the Wings change behind the play. After dodging Hickey for a time, Helm finally finds a lane to hit Henrik Zetterberg sneaking into the slot area. Hank one-times it top shelf into the far corner and it's 1-0 Wings for a while. Tatar will earn a half plus and Helm a full plus on the work to make this play happen.
1st Period 16:03 - New York Goal: Brock Nelson (sweep check) from Lubomir Visnovsky and Anders Lee
The Isles pull even on a broken defensive play that gets Nelson on a bad rebound in front. After a bad faceoff loss by Datsyuk, Jurco is able to clear it to center to start a change. The isles push it back in on the far side of the ice as Datsyuk and Ericsson are the only two players who don't get a change during this time. Datsyuk cuts Lee off at the half-wall, forcing him to turn back up ice and pass it back to Visnovsky. Tatar comes over to challenge as Visnovsky turns to the middle and just throws the puck in the direction of the net hoping to hit Strome heading to the back post. Howard plays it as though he's going to kick it out to the far side, but the puck just lays there instead. As Howard lunged forward to jump on top of the mishandled puck, Nelson pushes his way to the front and sweep-checks it under the goalie. This is a bad play by Howard. I'm going to clear the minuses for Tatar, Helm, and DeKeyser. The shot from Visnovsky isn't dagerous enough to blame Tatar for letting it through. DK is on his man as he should be and Helm is completely uninvolved in this play. Ericsson's problem is his refusal to take a penalty while his goalie fumbles with a puck he should have no trouble controlling. He'll keep his minus, but won't get further punishment. Datsyuk losing the faceoff cleanly is problematic enough to earn him a half-minus.
2nd Period 10:42 - New York Goal: Anders Lee (backhand) from Brock Nelson
The Isles take the lead on a turnover right in front of the net that they're able to jam in on the rebound. New York enters the zone at 10:25 on a play that is at least a foot offside and get it low to the corner on a shot that gets blocked by Kronwall and retrieved by the shooter Boychuck. A follow-up wraparoun dfails and hte puck heads off to the same corner where Nyquist outraces Grabovski for it, pushing it deeper to Kronwall to break the pressure. Kronwall furthers the puck on to Ericsson behind the other side of the net and Riggy immediately passes it to the front of his own net for Sheahan. Sheahan has a moment to collect the puck before trying to make a fancy move on Brock Nelson which badly fails, giving Nelson full control right in front of Mrazek. Nelson tries to get Mrazek to open up with a move across the ice and a slide back through the pads, but Mrazek gets enough of it to keep it from getting all the way through into the net. Unfortunately, he doesn't get enough to keep it between the leg pads and it slides out behind him just in front of the post. Anders Lee is the first person into the crease and he finds it, sweeping it into the net on the backhand before Ericsson can stop him. Nyquist and Jurco will be cleared for having nothing to do with this play. I don't know what happens with Kronwalls stick on this play, but just after he passes to Ericsson behind the net, Strome barely taps the stick blade and Kronwall drops his lumber, then takes a wide path and almost trips himself before getting back to the net-front area where he should be. If the stick is broken then he has to drop it, but there's not a good excuse for taking the angle he did. Kronwall should have been there to stop the second attempt by Lee. Failure to do this will earn Kronwall a half-minus. Ericsson will earn the same half-minus as he coasts in too. Sheahan will earn a full minus for the turnover to Nelson. He had time to make a good play and he screwed it up.
[Ed note: There are no goal-saved adjustments for Quincey and Nyquist making plays to stop open-net goals thanks to Mrazek's crazy third period puck-handling because those guys didn't have minuses on the line in the first place. Saving a goal because your goalie has lost his mind doesn't count]
1st Period 10:35 - Cal Clutterbuck (tripping) against Tomas Jurco: Jurco intercepts a pass at center ice and turns to start back into the Isles' zone, Clutterbuck reaches out and takes him down. Jurco will get a plus. Good work on the steal here.
2nd Period 00:38 - Niklas Kronwall (hooking) against Josh Bailey: The Isles win a faceoff and go all business-casual against the Wings in the zone, getting a bevy of chances in a short time. As usual, this is the kind of play which results in a penalty for the scrambling team. Kronwall gets the minus and the penalty as he hooks Bailey. It's not too much of a hook, but there's plenty there to make the call.
2nd Period 17:03 - Tomas Tatar (holding) against Josh Bailey: Detroit goes shorthanded again as Tatar uses a free hand to slow down Bailey on a zone entry. The ref sees it and Tatar sits, earning a minus for a lazy play.
2nd Period 19:26 - Cal Clutterbuck (elbowing) against Tomas Tatar: Clutterbuck is still mad about being a bad excuse for a human being and takes a run at Tatar behind the play, taking an elbowing call. This isn't a drawn call so no adjustment.
3rd Period 16:25 - Justin Abdelkader (tripping) against Frans Nielsen: Abby gets his stick caught up in Nielsen's skate in the offensive zone and sits at a very inopportune time. Minus for Abdelkader.
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Hahahaha Franzen at the top.
Babcock may be punishing us for ever doubting that the fourth line should be used in heavily-defensive matchups against top competition. I'm sorry, Babs. Make us win again!
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