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Red Wings suffer ‘self-inflicted wounds’ in loss to Flames

Mar 14, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings were in a good position Wednesday night.

Tied 2-2 with the Calgary Flames, bottom dwellers in the Western Conference standings before puck drop, going into the third period. Then, it all fell apart for the Red Wings.

The Flames scored three times in a span of four minutes and 23 seconds in the third period, resulting in a 5-2 win on home ice for Calgary.

The Flames only needed 22 shots, apparently. Meanwhile, Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding, making 36 saves.

The loss lead to a post-game tirade from Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

“It’s amazing to me how you can play so well and look so organized and look so talented, and then it’s almost like you get playing good, that you get loose,” Babcock told the Detroit Free Press.

“I mean, it’s crazy. We just gave it to them. It had nothing to do with them. Those are self-inflicted wounds on us. Crazy mistakes for no reason what-so-ever.

“To me, that was a disturbing loss, because all we had to do was continue to do things right, and you win the game. Whether we don’t have the maturity as a group, or the stick-to-it-ness – there’s no sense in what happened here.”

Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo was a healthy scratch against the Flames.

According to Ansar Khan of, defenseman Ian White did not show up for Wednesday’s game for “unspecified personal reasons,” but is expected to practice Thursday.




  1. hypefree10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    In Holland we trust? I’m not worried yet but Dats and Z need some help. LGRW!

  2. 19to77 - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Gustvansson looked brutal tonight. The defensive coverage was admittedly just about as bad, but he looked like Luongo after a bout of Chelsea Dagger. Just dazed by even a straight-ahead wrist shot.

    • clefty1 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Gustavsson did not get any help out in front of him, the Wings left him hung out to dry.

  3. LampyB - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Aside from Lidstrom retiring all this crap started happening as soon as we took on Quincey.

    • dubs318 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Agreed, please release this turd!

    • polegojim - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Didn’t like Quincy in Denver, don’t see what he brings to Detroit.

      But… everyone, including Kronwall and Ericsson have been sloppy and slow, turnover machines.

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The Wings defense men played like the puck was a live grenade, another poor effort by the whole team. They have to beat teams like Calgary and the Blue Jackets and those 6 points would have boosted them up in the standings and help solidify a playoff birth. Sad to say but maybe Holland was right when he said in the preseason I don’t know if we will be a playoff team this year.

    • polegojim - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Very accurate. Just not getting into sync.

      It just looks like everyone is waiting for someone else to make plays.

  5. clefty1 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The defense continues their Jeckyl and Hyde routine and the forwards were not much help either, turnovers continue to be a problem and the Flames made the Wings pay. I am still wondering why Abdelkater is playing alongside Datsyuk while Nyquist was playing on the 3rd line and Franzen cannot hit the side of a barn with his shot. A team cannot lose to teams like Columbus and Calgary and expect to make the playoffs.

    • fusionix7 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Exactly. It’s painful to watch Datsyuk’s talents get wasted on his linemates. Abdelkader did the impossible and prove that Datsyuk can’t make every player better.

      The reasoning Babcock has is it’s like a shutdown line to stop the opponents best line. But when the Wings are struggling to score two a game that philosophy obviously doesn’t work. I don’t question Babcock very often but it is baffling why he didn’t put Nyquist or Tatar on Datyuk’s line.

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