No cause for alarm just yet. The Red Wings still have a home game on Monday. Still, it’s never good to let a power play get going. Tough nights especially for Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall.
14:08, 1st period. 1-0 Blackhawks.
Jonathan Ericsson makes a pass into Michael Handzus’ skates and then loses a battle for the ensuing loose puck near the Red Wings blue line. Bryan Bickell takes a pass from Hanzus, goes into the zone and — despite Niklas Kronwall and Ericsson being on him — not only takes a shot but gets a rebound shot. Henrik Zetterberg is the third man into the zone and kind of sort of does his job preventing Handzus from getting to the puck. Patrick Kane jumps into the zone, Valterri Filppula and Dan Cleary both go to him, and he slides it to the back door, where Bickell is the only person on that side of the ice. Filppula is the left wing in this situation, so he should be over there instead of puck watching. Kronwall should be do. It’s those two and Ericsson. Responsibility: Jonathan Ericsson (0.33), Niklas Kronwall (0.33), Valtteri Filppula (0.33)
13:08, 2nd period. 2-1 Blackhawks.
Drew Miller takes a penalty. Pavel Datsyuk fails on an early clear, then has to give his stick up after a Kronwall loses his. After a couple passes between Chicago defensemen, Duncan Keith lets a slap shot go. Andrew Shaw, untouched in front, tips it in. Kronwall probably should have been doing something to Shaw. He was battling with him before then, but just let him go. Responsibility: Drew Miller (0.33), Pavel Datsyuk (0.33), Niklas Kronwall (0.33)
15:47, 2nd period. 3-1 Blackhawks.
Justin Abdelkader takes a penalty. Joakim Andersson loses the faceoff, leading to a Chicago shot. After a rebound, Patrick Eaves fails on a clear. Keith blocks it and passes to Marian Hossa who passes it to Jonathan Toews down low. Kyle Quincey tries to get a stick on the puck, but can’t get there in time. Toews puts it high short side off Howard’s mask and in. Nice shot. Nice power play. Responsibility: Justin Abdelkader (0.33), Joakim Andersson (0.33), Patrick Eaves (0.33)
6:58, 3rd period. 4-1 Blackhawks
Filppula tries to flip it into the Chicago zone, but it’s batted down and the Blackhawks get a rush going the other way. Quincey can’t win a race to the puck, letting the Blackhawks eventually take possession in the Red Wings zone. Drew Miller comes off the bench and kind of glides to the spot where Viktor Stalberg is. He comes up a second too late as Stalberg gets the puck and sends a shot on net. Filppula loses track of Shaw after he makes the pass and Shaw picks up the rebound and wraps it in. Brendan Smith kind of gets caught in no man’s land, with no one picking up the high slot and no one picking up Shaw, but in both instances the open man wasn’t his fault, so he bears no responsibility for this one. Filppula made two mistakes, so he bears double the responsibility. Responsibility: Valtteri Filppula (0.5), Kyle Quincey (0.25), Drew Miller (0.25)
9:37, 2nd period. 1-1, tied.
Cleary takes the puck up the left side and makes a cross-ice pass to Zetterberg as Brendan Smith jumps into the play. Smith drives to the net and Zetterberg tries to hit give him a backhand pass. The puck bounces over Smith’s stick goes to Dan Cleary, who is only open because Michael Frolik got lazy on the backcheck. Cleary roofs it. Responsibility: Dan Cleary (0.33), Brendan Smith (0.33), Henrik Zetterberg (0.33)
Your three non-stars of the game:
- Valtteri Filppula (-0.83 goals)
- Niklas Kronwall (-0.66 goals)
- Drew Miller (-0.58)