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Detroit Red Wings Drop Big Conference Game, 4-2 to CBJ



The Detroit Red Wings fight it out, against the Columbus Blue Jackets and hockey gods alike, but come up short in a 4-2 loss.

As much as I try to not be “that guy”, tonight’s game was the perfect example of why referees and linesmen need to be held accountable in some way for their calls and non-calls during a game. Columbus would get on the board first a 1:35, on a power play for a call to Todd Bertuzzi for a Blue Jacket running into the end of his stick. A shot would get through to Jimmy Howard that he fought off, but a scrum ensued as everyone crashed the net, and Ryan Johansen got a stick on it and sent it under Howard for the early 1-0 lead. They’d strike again on another terrible call, as Darren Helm was called for hooking, and a horrible break for Danny DeKeyser. At 12:46, on the ensuing power play, Brandon Dubinsky sent an attempted pass across Howard’s goal mouth, but it was intercepted by the blade of DeKeyser’s stick, and it was redirected into his own net, for the 2-0 Blue Jacket lead. Detroit would fight back though, and got on the board at 14:55. Riley Sheahan took control right in front of goaltender Sergei Bobrovski off of a save, and sent a falling blind pass behind him to a streaking Gustav Nyquist, who hammered home the shot for the 2-1 score leaving the period. Shots were 10-6 in favor of Detroit.

Goaltender Curtis McElhinney took over for Bobrovski to start the second period for Columbus, as Bobrovski was sat for the game with the flu. Detroit would manage to tie the game in the frame, at 10:58 on yet another Nyquist goal. Tomas Tatar took the puck into Columbus’ zone on a 2-on-1 with Nyquist. He let off a shot on McElhinney that was turned aside, but it managed to clip the skate of Nyquist on his way to the net, and a Blue Jacket defender and end up in their own net to make it a 2-2 tie game, and give Nyquist a consecutive multi-goal game. Shots through two periods were 20-16.

The Red Wings fought it till the end, but ultimately could not stave off the wrath of the hockey gods. In what was probably the most fluky, borderline goal of the season, Columbus would strike again at 6:58. A 2-on-1 started for the Blue Jackets after Brendan Smith pinched on the play. Howard would get the puck under him on the rush, but he and the goal were run into as Cam Atkinson crashed the net, the puck came out from under Howard, and over the goal line, as the net had already come up off the moorings. After a short review, it was allowed as a good goal that gave the Blue Jackets the 3-2 lead. The empty net dagger would come at 19:54, as Columbus cleared the puck out from behind their net on the 6-on-5, and Johansen fired a shot from center ice that buried in the back of the net for the final 4-2 score. Shot tallies ended at 33-28 for the Red Wings.

When we have officials making borderline or phantom calls that are deciding the outcomes of games, be they for or against us (because they missed some pretty obvious hooks against us as well), you need to make those individuals responsible for their actions. Every person in the rink for these games is accountable for their own actions come game-time; the player’s penalties, the coach’s behavior, the players on the bench; everyone except for the men in the stripes that dictate much of the pace of the game at times. This seriously needs to change, and quickly. Next game is a big matchup on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, for what is now an even more huge 2-points. See you then, Nation.

-Nathan Webb

About Nathan Webb

Work by day, hockey by night. I write purely from a fan's perspective. I've been an avid Wings fan for as long as I can remember, and win or lose, praise or critique, I always support my team. Stevie Y will always be the best, and the Avs will always be the strongest of rivals.

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  1. Jordan LaPoint

    March 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    What a shitty officiated game. If those refs don’t get reprimanded for how terrible they did, I give up

  2. Dave Foster

    March 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Smith needs to stay in position, how many odd man rushes and breakaways is he going to give up before Babs benches his ass?

  3. Jason Austin

    March 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    This was a horrible reffed game. I hope that jackets player gets fined for the cross check against miller. That wasn’t called either. These refs need to be consistent I mean if your gonna be horrible he horrible for both teams. But someones gonna get hurt.

  4. Dustin Mitchell-Giachino

    March 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    The fact the refs changed the out come of the game, and were so disgustingly inconsistent makes me sick….

  5. Albert Luu

    March 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Refs gave them a freebie more like,this isn’t anything new.

  6. Noor Hermiz

    March 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm


  7. Brian Thomas

    March 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I couldnt believe they couldnt get the replay right

  8. Patrick St. John

    March 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Can’t keep blaming the officiating. Considering the able-bodied players the Wings have, they put up a good effort. Not enough, but that’s the way it is. Any team without their two biggest stars can’t expect much better.

  9. Marc M

    March 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm


  10. Jim Kaleniecki

    March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Whatever. Nyquist the only one who knows how to score goals on this team?

  11. Jake Cullinan

    March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    “Mind as well put them all in skirts and give them tennis rackets” “Mickey Redmond

  12. Marc M

    March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    not a 3 point game. mint

  13. Detroit Sports Nation

    March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I’m only blaming the officials for this one. Without those terrible calls to Bert and Helm, those first two goals don’t happen, so the empty-netter doesn’t happen either. This ends up a 2-1 Red Wings lead into the third and it would be Columbus with the empty net at the end trying for the 6-on-5. The biggest problem in my eyes is that officials aren’t held responsible for their work. That needs to be changed. -NW

  14. Brian Thomas

    March 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    You could easily blame the officials tonight they were that bad

  15. Harry Price

    March 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Wings got screwed big-time!! Officials sucked!!

  16. John Koury

    March 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Officials in any sport are never held accountable ie. the perfect game blown call. Hockey’s governing body has made up some crazy rules like diving, either it’s a trip or it’s not, can’t be both.

  17. Matt Resetar

    March 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    We can still make it. But some of these rules need to change. Mickey was right about the Legwand penalty.

  18. Paul Anderson

    March 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    the crazy rush of penalities in the first was bs. they did make the right call on the dislodged net b/c Smith did push him into the cage. the penalty on Legwand when he cleanly broke up the breakaway sucked. however, we need to move on and keep up the rush to the playoffs

  19. Ryan George Dunn

    March 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Patrick that was a really ignorant comment. Pav and hank have missed a combined 60 games this season and we are still in the playoff race. For you to say we can’t compete without our two biggest stars is ridiculous. I agree this game was horribly officiated. Gus nyquist had another stellar performance though.

  20. William James Navarre Jr

    March 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Millerface down in a pool of blood… No problem here…move along.

  21. Rob Ratliff

    March 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    the wings came out flat. cost them 2 goals. then the nhl specail kicked in.

  22. Patrick St. John

    March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Ah, Ryan, I love to see comments from real knowledgeable hockey fans. You’ll figure it out eventually.

  23. Scott Smith

    March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Love what he said!

  24. Jake Cullinan

    March 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Me too. This is hockey. It’s a physical sport.

  25. Adam Kofahl

    March 25, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Excuses excuses.

  26. Joshua Chatterton

    March 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I thought Pavel Datsuyk said he was playing today? What the hell is going on? Nyquist, Legwand, Franzen, and Alfie cant do it alone. Dammit man!

  27. Don Wallace

    March 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Games like this is the main reason that I hardly watch anymore. The officiating and rules have ruined the game to where I can hardly watch.

  28. Jason Keller

    March 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    He said he was skating and would be back soon. Nothing else.

  29. David Novak

    March 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I had the distinct pleasure if listening to CBJ fans at the game explaining to me why it was a goal. Worst 10 minutes of my life

  30. Vito Sciuto

    March 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Stop the crying if it was the other way around you would be saying how great the wings are so just SHUT IT

  31. Chris Zadorozny

    March 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Rules are rules. Wings were outplayed. They have to play better than the other team and the refs. Complaining won’t get you 2 points in the standings.

  32. Jason Austin

    March 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    The funniest comment ever made was mickey Redmond saying that if they call penalties like last night datsyuk would never get the puck stolen away. EVER!

  33. Robyn Lewis

    March 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Detroit Red Wings should beat the Montreal tomorrow because their already beat the Montreal twice.