Anyone see that coming? Wow, what a first period.
More after the jump.
Everyone played well. 2 goals against and I can't say that either were on E, even though he was out there for both. Nope. He gets a pass tonight. However, #WeWantCommie still.
You know who's having a good year so far? Val. Duh, right? It's like he thinks he's a 1st line forward and is playing like it. Well, he is a 1st line forward and for the first time in his career, he seems to realize it. Good for him. And to think we could have lost him for an aged Fedorov.
Howard weathered the storm for the last 40 minutes. Wasn't much of a storm, but you had to know the Wigs would go into their prevent defense and the Coyotes would be desperate for pride, so only giving up 2 was good.
You notice Phoenix played better as the fans left to beat the traffic? All those empty seats must have made them think they were playing at home. Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all year.
Hudler scored again and could have put in a second. Keep it up, Happy.
Connor is fast. Having him and Helm on the same line is pretty cool. I could see them being a real pain to play against after they gain some chemistry.
That's really all I have tonight. It was a solid win. The Red Wings could have easily given up 3 or 4 goals and played very sloppy during the last 40 minutes, but for the most part, they stayed focused. Good to see.
Next game is... hold on, I'm checking... Saturday. They're playing the other Jets team. 7:00 EST puck drop.
Update: Babcock said after the game that Datsyuk is not expected to miss any games with his lower body injury. They really just sat him as a precaution.
You mentioned something about letting Fil go for an aged Federov. This is news to me. When was this??
"All those empty seats must have made them think they were playing at home."
I'm going to use that and claim it as my own.
it's just a damn shame I had to put up with Tyson Nash because the Detroit feed was blacked out for some reason. I know the 'reason,' but seriously, I pay a lot of money to be able to watch Wings games with Ken and Mick. No reason that privelege should be taken away when they play at home against Phx. Really retarded Bettman logic there. Hate it when I can't choose my feed.
First period blew my mind, but the rest was very frustrating actually. I was just thinking to myself how Doan had been a non-presence and then he scored. Glad to see he didn't illegally check and injure anyone though.
And I am glad they sat him cuz I want him in that damn penguins game. I want crosbys gay ass in there too ! And pav deff shoulda shot that one puck that he passes and I think was bert that missed it. But o well lgrw ! Great blog tonight guys
I didn't catch what happened to Pav, I only saw that they weren't playing him the rest of the game as a precaution and mentioned "lower-body injury".
@brendanksullivan ya I hate having the wings play phoenix ... the announcers are unbearable. And it is actually because of television broadcast itself. Local signal stations do that to give local stations more ratings when they show games and whatever else they do it for.
The best part of listening to them last night was to hear their souls crushed. They just sounded disgusted the entire game.... and had the nerve to say that phoenix won the second period because of the 1 goal scored. I always go for the Detroit feed because of ken and mick.
@Reddy he actually didn't since it tipped off another guy, but yeah. i saw howard talking smack to him in the third. love that goalie.
@Twig Ah yeah off the guys shorts wasn't it. I really do love him, he stands up for himself big time.