Misconduct

Postgame: Red Wings @ Blue Jackets - 3/25

I'm unhappy with the game-winner tonight but to focus entirely on that is to ignore the problems the Red Wings have.

Coming down the stretch, needing a goal to get even, how many unscreened shots from the blue line got straight through to McElhinney to grab for a stop in play? No second chances, no tips in front. And if it wasn't the Gustav Nyquist / Riley Sheahan / Tomas Tatar line, there was no offense. They really are the new Eurotwins.

It's not just Nyquist and Tatar, though. Sheahan is becoming a force. His move to get the puck to Nyquist on the first Detroit goal was beautiful.

Also on the personnel front, Mitch Callahan looked acceptable in his NHL debut. Better than Landon Ferraro, probably worse than Teemu Pulkkinen. Didn't do enough to make me want to see more of him if Tomas Jurco comes back on Thursday but I wouldn't expect that.

That said, let's come back to that game-winner. I have issues with it on multiple fronts.

First is the call, that the net came off because Brendan Smith pushed Cam Atkinson into it. Yes, Smith pushed Atkinson. He didn't push him that much.

Second is that Atkinson was standing in the space normally occupied by the post while he handled the puck. If he wasn't able to be in that spot, he wouldn't have been able to score. If he was able to be in that spot, clearly the net being off its moorings had an affect on the play.

Third, goes back to last weekend, when this goal was waived off but then Columbus' is allowed to stand. Just feels like the Wings are the only team that can't get away with anything around the net.

But coming out of the night Detroit still holds a playoff spot, sitting in eighth due to tiebreakers as they're tied for seventh with Columbus, Toronto and Washington. Big games coming up against Montreal and Toronto later this week.

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Two points. Enough said

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/25/2014 at 7:27 PM

 

Yep. Bad feeling though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 7:37 PM

 

Hey, were the Jackets on a power play slump? Of course they were.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 7:44 PM

 

Oh, awesome chance for Nyquist right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 7:57 PM

 

Oh wow, Danny. That was kinda awful.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:04 PM

 

Maybe not as bad as a deflection, I thought the pass had gotten through. Still not good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:05 PM

 

Nyquist, the only Red Wings scorer!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:09 PM

 

And none of the refs saw that. Of course not.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:13 PM

 

Babcock: "Do your job!"

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:13 PM

 

If not Nyquist, than Tatar. That's how things are going now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:54 PM

 

Nice pass by Cally there. Too bad he's playing with Andersson. Better than Glendening, I guess.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:57 PM

 

Last rush notwithstanding, Wings skating with all the confidence right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 8:58 PM

 

Franzen hurt? Awesome.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:06 PM

 

Okay, Franzen maybe just had the wind knocked out of him. Too used to every injury being major.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:09 PM

 

Wings chasing their tails that shift, no room for that here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:31 PM

 

Hrm, apparently the whistles are put away.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:33 PM

 

Wings have had goals called back for less but this should be allowed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:38 PM

 

Okay, result is the same but they just made up a reason for that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:40 PM

 

What a joke. Absolute joke.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/25/2014 at 9:46 PM

 

Heres a good read from Kerry Fraser about that goal:


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=447417

Posted by klaitinen on 3/26/2014 at 3:09 PM

 

So it's agree to disagree that Smith pushed Atkinson enough to knock the net off it's moorings. And as I wrote this morning, my (and many Wings' fans it would seem) thoughts on that are influenced by the fact that four days ago Johan Franzen was expected to be in enough control to stop from being pushed into Darcy Kuemper.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/26/2014 at 3:32 PM

 
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