I’ve gotta say, I’m surprised at this one. Kyle Quincey has been suspended for one game for charging Tomas Kopecky on Sunday.
I really expected two games. Seems like more people expected three. I’m sure allegations of bias towards the Red Wings will be thrown around.
That said, I can see why they’d go with only a game.
To describe the hit one way, Quincey launched himself into the air to hit Kopecky in the face with his elbow. Sounds really bad.
Same play could also be that he jumped at Kopecky, who had his head down and happened to hit Quincey’s elbow. Important to note that Quincey did not seem to raise his elbow into the hit.
Either way, it was a stupid play by Quincey and he deserves the punishment.
Jiri Hudler scored the Red Wings’ only regulation goal and added another marker in the shootout, leading Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon.
Hudler snapped a shot over Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen’s shoulder in the second round of the tiebreaker, then Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped former Wing Mikael Samuelsson and Kris Versteeg shot high. Pavel Datsyuk and Wojtek Wolski had scored in the first round and Todd Bertuzzi was stopped for Detroit in the third round.
Tomas Fleischmann opened the game’s scoring with 2:22 left in the first period. The former Detroit prospect was left all alone at the top of the right faceoff circle after Versteeg gained the Red Wings’ zone on a rush. Versteeg sent a cross-ice pass to Fleischmann for a one-timer past Howard.
Hudler tied things up at 5:30 of the third period when his attempted slap-pass from the right wing to Valtteri Filppula at the edge of the crease went off John Madden’s skate and past Clemmensen.
Clemmensen finished the afternoon with 31 saves on 32 shots against. Howard made 27 saves on 28 shots.
Neither team scored a power play goal, with the Panthers getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Red Wings getting three.
Detroit will be back in action on Wednesday with a visit to the St. Louis Blues.
Just eight seconds after Hudler tied the game, Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey
was ejected for elbowing former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky
in the head…. Ian White
was the healthy scratch on defense as the blueline rotation continued. Jan Mursak
was the healthy scratch at forward.
Make no mistake: the Red Wings should not need a shootout to beat the Florida Panthers in April. That said, these Wings seem to, so I’ll take the two points however they come.
In the final week of the regular season, I’ve got a lot of concern about a lot of Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg‘s line with Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler I’m not worried about but that’s the only one. Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist look great together but Nyquist still makes some rookie mistakes and they’re not getting help from the other winger, whether it’s Johan Franzen or Todd Bertuzzi (who look like they’ve been skating in sand). The third line is apparently Justin Abdelkaer centering the rejects from the top two lines (today it was the aforementioned Bertuzzi and the perma-injured Danny Cleary). The fourth line… You know something’s wrong with the fourth line when Tomas Holmstrom is outskating the other players on the line (I don’t think Drew Miller looked bad and he was big on the PK, not thrilled with Cory Emmerton though).
Going back to the Datsyuk – Nyquist pairing… That needs to see power play time. I’m also not happy that Nyquist wasn’t out for overtime. The rookie is ready, play him.
On defense, it looks like the six-man group is set for awhile as I expect Kyle Quincey to get at least a few games of suspension for his stupid elbow to Tomas Kopecky. He’ll probably be helped by the fact that, like Jakub Voracek when Niklas Kronwall hit him a few weeks ago, Kopecky kept his head down and led with it, but Quincey jumped and lifted his elbow, two entirely unnecessary actions.
I wanted to like the Quincey acquisition but he is not adapting to the Red Wings’ style of play and he’s still taking bad penalties. Highly disappointing.
On the flip side, Jonathan Ericsson looked very solid today. Maybe the time off shook the cobwebs out of his head and he’ll go back to playing like he did in his first stint with the Wings.
Other random notes from this afternoon…
I love it when Datsyuk does crazy stuff like throw the puck over the net from behind it. If there had been anyone there to take that pass, it would have been a highlight-reel play whether or not a goal was scored.
Hudler’s shot in the shootout was sick. This is the Hudler the Wings expected to get back from the KHL last year. Of course, it’s a contract year so we’ll see what happens to him this summer.
Open Game Thread
Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings
April 1, 2012 – 4:00 PM