Big night for Emmerton and Miller. Big night for the Red Wings.
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Our third and fourth lines were outstanding tonight. Great hustle by those guys and they were finishing on their chances.
As much as I loved having Pav and Hank on the same line, the combination of Datsyuk/Franzen and Zetterberg/Filppula has been great. Bert is also contributing on a regular basis and is not screwing up much.
I like when Stuart gets mad. We saw that against the Sharks last year and now the Kings this year. Mad-Brad is a scary guy with a heck of a shot.
Emmerton's first goal doesn't happen if Ericsson fans on the one-timer. I know that's obvious, but I feel the need to compliment Big Rig on this one. The puck was in his skates and it's not easy for a big guy to one-time a shot like that. He did and it ended up in the net. If I was a GM on another team and I was looking for a quality young... forget it.
Nice to see Howard stand up for himself, again. I'd say he's our best enforcer so far this year. If not him, then Pavel.
Speaking of Howard: He does need to work on playing the puck. Two games, two mistakes, two penalties.
NOHS favorite moment of the game: Emmerton at intermission with his bloody nose. Once he realized he was bleeding on TV, he just shrugged it off. That's a hockey player for you.
Question for you guys: Obviously we want the Red Wings to play a full 60 minute hockey game. Not 40 minutes, not 55 minutes. A full 60 minutes. Last year, the Wings would start terrible and finish strong. Lately, they've started strong, but fallen asleep. Which do you think is worse? Blazing start and slow finish? Slow start and strong finish?
Next game is Monday in Edmonton. Puck drops at 9:30 EST.
Another strong game by the wings, favorite moment had to be on the power play late in the third when Babcock put in the 3rd and 4th lines. They looked like they didn't know WTF they were doing (which makes sense), but was none-the-less the right thing to do. Babcock++
i don't really care for games when we score goals so easy. if we deserve it by out playing the other team, that's one thing, but when so many softies go in, that's another. it's hard to evaluate your team when that happens. from a win/loss perspective though, i'd rather us start on time like this and play with a lead for sure.
Starting late is the most terrible ever. As Babcock says, behind hockey is losing hockey. Gotta get out there and get those goals before the other team does. Pad that lead and keep the pedal to the floor.
Incredible game. Despite the score I notice this morning not one of the top stories on nhl.com is about this game. Malkin and the Bruins are up there of course. And my tinfoil hats is the dishwasher damn.
I'd much prefer this team start out real strong and then coast then wake up with ten minutes left in the third period. I feel nights like tonight where the team goes into the first intermission up by three goals is really deflating to most teams. We can play at our pace rather than trying to go out and really press it intense play that can lead to injuries.
Had to share this one... TSN's headline for their recap of the game is, Royal Flush... And can I get a like please? Get me off 87? I feel dirty...
@D.M.N and now you're kane.
I'd say finishing off strong was worse, cuz they still was getting 4 goals in the period lol or 5 or 3. It sucks they don't play the full, but in a way we still get the 2 points and have no excuse to be tired the next game so that is a positive forsure. N once bab's gets them to work on that will be even scarier. Only a matter of time fellas
I recall last season also as the year of not finishing... Blowing a lot of leads, no skate to throat mentality. Either way that is worse than slow then strong, the ability to come from behind has to be more desirable than losing leads late.
@D.M.N Last year we'd have a one goal lead and lose. Lately we've had a five goal lead and won by four.
Ill take the second one if you dont mind.