Red Wings Game Analysis, After-Action Report for Friday March 20th: Detroit Red Wings 1 - Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Detroit lost again. They do that a lot these days. 3-1 score.
The reffing was consistent. I didn't like the standard, but it was consistent at least. Detroit went 1/3 on the power play and kept Tampa's PP off the scoreboard in their three tries. Shots were 32-31 Tampa.
Looks like Jimmy Howard isn't the savior y'all. Sorry.
Guide to plus/minus adjustments
2nd Period 01:22 - Tampa Bay Goal: Anton Stralman (snap shot) from Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat
Tampa opens the scoring early in the 2nd with a pass off the pads to find Stralman alone for a rebound. Hedman gets it around Cole, Stralman gets it away from Abdelkader, Kucherov gets it to Hedman in the middle, and Hedman outlets to Palat up the opposite side wing for the Bolts to defeat Detroit's forecheck and get it into the Wings' end. Palat pulls up the left wing side, stops in the corner and feeds it back to Hedman coming into the zone. Hedman fires a low hard slapper at the far post that Howard kicks out and Stralman skates directly into past Abdelkader to find the open net. Just Zetterberg will be cleared here, as he has nothing to do with the play. The defensemen keep their minuses for involvement as well, but this one is winger failure. Cole comes too low on Palat and lets Hedman get too much space (not to mention losing the initial puck battle in the Bolts' end). Cole will get a minus. Abdelkader loses the board battle even worse in Tampa's end and then loses track of Stralman on the back post. Abdelkader will get a half-minus for the turnover and a full minus for the coverage issue.
2nd Period 06:57 - Detroit Goal (PP): Tomas Tatar (tap-in) unassisted
The Wings tie it on the power play as Tatar comes in to clean up a net-front scramble and jabs it in behind a downed Bishop. Sheahan wins the faceoff and Zidlicky gets the Wings set up in the zone with the help of Tatar on the left side. Tatar goes back to Zidlicky for a shot from up top that Cole tips in on Bishop and then jams under him. Bishop never controls the puck and it sneaks under him. J.T. Brown tries helping jam it back under Bishop, but Tatar gets in and slams it home. Sheahan will get a half-plus for the faceoff win.
3rd Period 10:31 - Tampa Bay Goal: Alex Killorn (wrist shot) from Victor Hedman and Jonathan Drouin
Tampa takes the lead on a turnover at their own blue line which turns into a goal off the rush. After a Kronwall shot is blocked, Ericsson and Pulkkinen help keep the Lightning from clearing the zone as Nyquist gets the puck and starts backing across the Lightning blue line with it to make space. However, Nyquist stumbles and loses the puck at the blue line, allowing Drouin to jump up and take the puck up the right wing side as Kronwall is back and Ericsson has to race Stamkos on the left side. Drouin cuts in from the right circle and leaves the puck behind for Hedman following him as both Drouin and Stamkos tie up the middle of the ice and Pulkkinen comes over to try and make a play on Hedman. As Hedman reaches out for it, he almost overskates, but is able to play it just past Pulkkinen to the center of the slot where Killorn skates into it off the left wing trailer. As Howard moves to square up to Killorn, the shot comes off the stick across the grain and into the net. Ericsson, Kronwall, and Pulkkinen are all victimized by the odd-man rush created at one of the very worst parts of the ice and won't get extra punishment, although each will keep his minus for positional involvement in the play. Andersson will be cleared as the last man back. Nyquist will get a turnover minus and a coverage minus. Giving it up at the opposition blue line is a cardinal mistake and then not getting back on Killorn seals the deal.
3rd Period 19:32 - Tampa Bay Goal (EN): Steven Stamkos (wrist shot) from Brian Boyle and Andrej Palat
Stamkos dummies Kronwall chasing a loose puck to the empty net and ices the game. Kronwall dumps it in where Bishop gets it around the boards to Palat at the half-wall. Palat plays it into the middle where Boyle fires it high out of the zone up ice. Kronwall is the last man back to chase in on this puck, but he has Stamkos coming with him. Kronwall lets a two-step advantage over Stamkos disappear as he keeps looking over his shoulder trying to get good positioning. This lets Stamkos get close enough to knock Kronwall away from the puck and put it in from the top of the crease. Kronwall will get a minus for this boneheaded play. No other adjustments. Minuses by the teammates are earned by how long they had been playing without a goalie and unable to get a goal.
1st Period 04:45 - Ryan Callahan (charging) against Danny DeKeyser: Callahan makes a run at DeKeyser in the corner, taking a charging penalty. Just a dumb penalty, no adjustment.
1st Period 04:45 - Darren Helm (roughing) and Ryan Callahan (roughing): Helm takes a punch in the face and retaliates. Both men sit. No adjustment.
1st Period 16:15 - Justin Abdelkader (holding) against Anton Stralman: Abby takes a an offensive zone penalty when he takes a hand off his stick and holds up Stralman. Minus for Abdelkader.
2nd Period 06:30 - Victor Hedman (tripping) against Erik Cole: Cole turns on the jets and gets what could be a break into the zone. Hedman tries a diving sweep-check to knock it away and ends up taking out Cole's legs. Plus for Cole for drawing this one. Good hustle.
2nd Period 11:52 - Teemu Pulkkinen (interference) against Steven Stamkos: Pulkkinen runs into Stamkos away from the puck, which is illegal. Minus for Pulkkinen. Bad Pulkkinen.
2nd Period 15:17 - Henrik Zetterberg (tripping) against Valtteri Filppula: Hank brings down flip in the defensive zone by sticking his leg out and doing what's almost a slew-foot trip. Minus for Zetterberg.
3rd Period 11:23 - Tampa Bay Bench (too many men): The Bolts get caught on a bad change and take a too many men penalty. No adjustment.
|Player||GP||Official +/-||Adjusted +/-||G+||Cov-||Turn-||Plty-||Plty+||Chg+||Chg-||PP+Lost||PK-Clear||GA-Clear||GSaved+||Adj Diff|
|Gustav Nyquist"]" style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Gustav Nyquist||1||-1||-3||-1||-1||-2|
|Niklas Kronwall"]" style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Niklas Kronwall||1||-3||-4||-1||-1|
|Jonathan Ericsson"]" style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jonathan Ericsson||1||-2||-2||0|
|Marek Zidlicky"]" style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Marek Zidlicky||1||-1||-1||0|
|Kyle Quincey"]" style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Kyle Quincey||1||0||0|
Even-strength Corsi numbers provided thanks to NHL.com via War-On-Ice.com.
One line barely above water isn't going to cut it. It's interesting it was the line that spent most of its time against Stamkos (Sheahan's line did indeed "win" that possession matchup, but Stamkos was overall positive because he got enough opportunities to even things out against the third line). Hank's line continues to look lost when Cole is on it instead of Nyquist, but Cole doesn't seem to fit anywhere else without Datsyuk.
More starts outside of their own zone would have helped.
Check out more from war-on-ice.com, including the visualized shift chart here.
The Red Wings were good enough in the first period to come out of it with the lead and they didn't. The Red Wings were good enough in the second period to come out of it tied and they did. The Red Wings were good enough in the third period to come out of it with a loss and they did. Tampa was the better team.
Corsi Timeline from Hockeystats.ca