Archive for March, 2008

Nashville at Detroit (3/9/08)

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

The early part of this game featured lots of penalties and you could hear Mickey Redmond biting his tongue. He was a little bit upset. The nice thing is that he doesn’t care which team a bad call favors. A bad call is a bad call and nobody wants to see that happen even if it benefits your team. As Mickey said, it’s all about the integrity of the game, and getting it right.

The first goal was a beautifual tap in by Franzen who has really been stepping it up lately. With Holmstrom out nursing a sore groin, Franzen had another fantastic game. He had two goals and lots of good scoring chances.

The second goal of the game was especially notable because it featured two incredible assists, one by Filppula and the other Kronwall. Filppula found Kronwall with a great pass that Kronwall sent back across to Hudler for the easy goal. That was just a beautiful play all around.

Brad Stuart netted his first goal in a Red Wings uniform. Larry Murphy’s analysis of the play was spot-on when he pointed out how Filppula allowed the play to happen by purposely not playing the puck so that it would go to Stuart behind the net.

It was mentioned during the game that Ken Daniels became a US citizen last Thursday. Congrats, and welcome aboard, Kenny!

Lebda was also out for today’s game but it sounds like he just was feeling sick so that should be nothing serious.

This was Nick Lidstrom’s first game back after his knee injury. He didn’t appear to have any problem playing. Looks like he’s good to go which is great news for the Wings heading into the playoffs.

McCarty was called up from Grand Rapids and is waiting for his bruised ribs to heal before playing. They said during the game that he may play by the end of the week. I can’t wait to see the Grind Line back together again!

This 4-3 win brings us to:
45-18-6
96 points

St. Louis at Detroit (3/5/08)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Brian Rafalski returned for the Wings tonight as they continued their return to form. The Red Wings looked great against a Blues team that has been really struggling offensively.

Franzen missed the net on a glorious scoring chance and then redeemed himself on his next shift by scoring the game winning goal.

Datsyuk continued to amaze with 7 takeaways and two goals. I was glad to see him rewarded with the empty netter at the end. He earned it.

Rafalski played great, scored a goal with a blazing shot, and then got into a fight to stick up for Kopecky. He scored a nice takedown in a fight that was more of a tussle.

It was a shame to see the Blues get so chippy at the end of a game that was clearly out of reach for them. Crosschecking Kopecky in the face when he wasn’t looking and was nowhere near the puck was really a cheap shot. Then to see three Blues players all trying to fight Aaron Downey at once, chasing him around the ice like a bunch of…well let’s just say it was pretty weak.

Oddly enough, after seeing two games in a row where plays that should have been whistled dead but weren’t led to goals against the Wings, last night’s game feature a whistle that shouldn’t have been blown which ended a good scoring chance for the Wings possibly costing them a goal. The play was whistled dead on a hand pass even though the goalie (Legace) played the puck before the Wings did. We’ve been having some bad luck with whistles lately.

This 4-1 win brings us to:
44-18-6
94 points

Detroit at Buffalo (3/2/08)

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Ahh, that’s better.

The Wings looked great tonight. The energy level was amazing. You could sense the desperation; these guys wanted a win. The offensive magic was back. Franzen had a particularly strong game. Lilia made a great save when Hasek was down. Everybody played well together, it was a really just a fantastic effort all around.

Buffalo’s second goal was a little iffy. There was a scrum against the boards when some Buffalo players started pushing Maltby around because they didn’t like a hit that he made. A bunch of players joined in and the officials didn’t stop play. A Buffalo player sneaked the puck out of the pile and went in alone against Hasek. I guess it was the Wings own fault for not paying attention to the game, but normally you’d expect a whistle when a scrum like that breaks out.

Ryan Miller made some brilliant saves. I still think he’s one of the best goalies in the league. His positioning is spot-on. Luckily, it wasn’t enough to stop the Wings.

Incidentally, I saw the Buffalo broadcast and they had a nice interview with Steve Yzerman during the first intermission. They also had a shot of Mickey Redmond in the booth when they announced him as the answer to their trivia question.

This 4-2 win brings us to:
43-18-6
92 points

McCarty’s Comeback

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

This is old news now, but it’s from before I started this blog so I’ll mention it anyway.

Darren McCarty signed a one year deal for the league minimum to play the rest of the season with Detroit. He’s currently doing a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids and he will have to earn his way into the lineup. I think he can do it. He was always one of my favorite Red Wings and I’m sure he still has a lot to give. His grit will be much needed in the playoffs. Welcome back, D-Mac!