Found February 15, 2013 on
The Detroit Sports Site:
Friday night, both the first and second periods were played to ties at Joe Louis Arena between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks. Then, the Ducks were the benefactor of Detroit’s lazy defensive mindset in the third, scoring three times to break away with a 5-2 victory.
Playing without Pavel Datsyuk and other key players, the Red Wings had the deck stacked against them a bit from the beginning. Following his tough performance on Wednesday night, Jimmy Howard looked determined to hold down the fort for his team. In the first period, Howard stood on his head again like he has several times in the past few weeks, turning away plenty of Anaheim chances. Offensively, the Red Wings had a few of their own including two power plays, but could not break through either. Fittingly, the game was scoreless after one period.
Early in period two, the action came a bit more fast and furiously. The Red Wings broke through first when Jokim Andersson got a nice pass and beat Viktor Fasth high over the shoulder for the 1-0 lead. Just 32 seconds later, Detroit’s terrible defense doomed them. Off a face off, Matt Beleskey was left alone in front of the net and ripped a shot past Howard to tie the score. After Anaheim put the puck out of play, Detroit’s power play finally made something happen. Tomas Tatar found a loose puck in front of a net mouth scramble and fired it home, giving the Red Wings their lead back. The Ducks got the luckiest break in their franchises history when Ian White’s stick exploded, allowing Cory Perry to tie the game easily. Scoring finally slowed down enough to allow the second intermission to take place.
That frenzy would be all the scoring Detroit would enjoy, however. Defensively, the Red Wings simply gave up to start the third period. Andrew Cogliano tipped in a goal to give the Ducks the lead and soon after that, Bobby Ryan beat Howard for the 4-2 advantage. If the Red Wings weren’t done already, after that flurry, they quickly became a dead team walking. Not managing much pressure at all the rest of the way, the Ducks wrapped things up with a tight defense which didn’t need to bail Fasth out much at all. With a second late goal, Cogliano put the icing on this tough to swallow cake for the Red Wings.
Red Wings’ Wheel: Tomas Tatar. Give the rookie credit for scoring in another game. Most impressively, he found the net after being in the right place in the right time out in front. Early in his young career, Tatar looks to be coming on strong. If he can continue to develop and keep the scoring punch up which saw him
Red Wings’ Heel: Team defense as a whole. What exactly were the Red Wings thinking with all their giveaways tonight? They gave the puck away (in your best Ed Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’s voice) nine times. Certainly, you can’t blame White for losing his stick in a freak accident, but the third period featured way too much laziness. Howard was hung out to dry several times. When that happens, he’s not going to stop every shot. The Red Wing defenders and backcheckers need to wake up in a hurry, no matter who’s hurting or not.
Most Important Play Of The Game: Cory Perry’s lucky goal. We don’t like to use the word luck around here a lot, but tonight, its truly the only term which could sum up Perry’s second period tally. Ian White’s stick completely disintegrated, allowing Perry to walk in front of Howard uncontested. The play wiped out a 2-1 Red Wings lead courtesy of a power play goal, and after that point, Anaheim started to dominate. Had Detroit held on to that lead, things could have been much different to start the third period.
Beyond The Bench: That’s two losses in a row for the Red Wings, who find themselves stuck a bit after a nice three game winning streak. Now, the most important thing is trying to get healthier. The kids from Grand Rapids won’t be able to hold down the fort forever, but that’s exactly what they’ll have to try and do until more bodies heal up.
What’s Next: the Red Wings get a day to try and put this performance behind them. Then, it’s off to Minnesota for a date with the Wild on Sunday night at 6 p.m.
Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Todd Bertuzzi may be done for the season, or more seeing as how he is 38.
The Detroit Free Press reported earlier tonight that Bertuzzi had been admitted to the hospital with extreme back pain.
Bertuzzi has missed Detroit’s last three games with his chronically-injured back and, following a 5-3 win over St. Louis last Thursday, “could barely walk” according to the Detroit...
DETROIT The hits just keep on coming for the Detroit Red Wings only in a bad way.
To this point, the Wings have been able to survive an early rash of injuries because top players Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall remained healthy.
But Friday night, Datsyuk was out of the lineup due to a yet undisclosed injury. When the team came out for warm-ups before the...
Gustav Nyquist is up from Grand Rapids for the Detroit Red Wings’ Friday night game against Anaheim. The reason? Well, as Chuck Pleiness reported, another Red Wings forward has suffered an injury.
Which forward? Good question.
According to Pleiness, Wings GM Ken Holland simply revealed that a forward is hurt — but would not reveal which one, leaving the mystery until Friday’s...
Certainly not the third period we were looking for. The effort was there most of the night, but turnovers were the Red Wings’ undoing in this game. The Ducks scored 4 of their 5 goals off of turnovers. Yes, injuries are a problem, but our key injuries are to forwards and the problem was on defense. Howard did what he could, but there were too many turnovers to overcome.
Ass barns. Now we know why the Red Wings recalled Gustav Nyquist, and the Wings did so because one of their most important players is "banged-up":
Pavel Datsyuk out for Wings tonight. Team says it's a day-to-day injury, not specified.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 16, 2013
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have put forward Johan Franzen on injured reserve. They also removed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from IR and assigned him to Grand Rapids of the AHL on a conditioning loan. Franzen has missed Detroit's last two games with a hip injury. Gustavsson was signed by the Red Wings in July and has appeared in one game for them this season....
from Ken Baker of NHL.com,
KEN BAKER: You aren't a big goalie, but you look big in the net. What's your secret?
VIKTOR FASTH: I try to cut off the angle a little different than the taller goalies (Fasth is 6-foot, 186 pounds). And I try to play with big patience. If I go down on my knees too early, I will be opening up some holes top-shelf. So I have to play more...
DETROIT You can call them the Red Wings of the future or the Grand Rapids Griffins call-ups, but it might be time for the Wings to call on them even more.
After the Wings dropped a 4-3, overtime decision to the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night, coach Mike Babcock said that he probably should have played some of the third- and fourth-line guys more.
Two of those guys, Tomas Tatar...
Not good, not good. MLive's Ansar Khan wasn't able to get Red Wings GM Ken Holland name of the player who won't be able to play tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (it's on at 7:30 PM on FSD and Prime Ticket, but all of a sudden, there's confusion as to whether it will air on the NHL Network or not, so we don't know if it's gonna be blacked out for GCL and...
The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice at Joe Louis Arena, hoping to rebound from a 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis despite facing a very, very tough task on Friday in battling the 9-2-and-1 Anaheim Ducks, who haven't played since defeating the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday. I'm going to be out of the office from about 12:30-2, so if there's big breaking injury...
Another game, another win. These are the days of the Anaheim Ducks lives. This time is was Andrew Cogliano delivering the knockout punch to the jaw of another Central Division foe.
The Detroit Red Wings and Ducks were tied 2-2 at the end of two periods when Anaheim's offense kicked into high gear. Cogliano snapped the tie just over a minute into the third and Bobby Ryan tallied...
DUCKS (9-2-1) at RED WINGS (7-4-2)
TV: PRIME, FS-Detroit
Last 10: Anaheim 7-2-1; Detroit 6-2-2
The Anaheim Ducks head to Detroit to face the Red Wings for the first time since the retirement of Niklas Lidstrom and for the first time with Viktor Fasth in net.
After losing three of the four meetings last season, a confident Anaheim team is looking forward to continuing...
The Nashville Predators take on the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season, this time at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville and Anaheim are both on win streaks, but one of these teams will have to lose. The Predators are 7-3-4 with 18 points and ranked 4th in the Western Conference, while the Ducks are 10-2-1 with 21 points and ranked 2nd in the Western Conference. Puck drops at...
(Photo by: John Russel/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2 in a shootout for the second time in as many meetings. Ducks’ goaltender Viktor Fasth came up big in the shootout, stopping two of three attempts. Fasth also turned away 32 shots that came his way. Also, the Ducks ended their road trip on a high note, going 5-1-0. “It’s...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators made Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth work hard to continue the perfect start to his NHL career.
Nick Bonino and Corey Perry scored in the shootout and the Ducks beat the Predators 3-2 on Saturday night to earn their fourth straight victory and eighth in their last nine games.
In the tiebreaker, Fasth allowed just one of three Nashville...