Typical game between Detroit and Chicago. Close game with lots of BS.
Jump for BS:
That penalty shot was BS.
5 power plays for Chicago. 1 for the good guys.
I guess I should feel grateful considering that was the first one in Chicago since October 2010 when Chicago hung up their Stanley Cup banner.
No bias, though. None.
Now that all of that is out of the way:
The rookie line was decent. They had some good chances, especially Nyquist, and did a great job on the first period icing.
Bert doesn't fight very well. I think he can throw a punch well enough, but he has no balance. Pinning the sack of garbage that he was punching up against the glass seemed to help.
Lidstrom had one of the worst periods I've ever seen him play. He was good in the final 40 minutes, though. He's still the best.
Nice to see Commodore get a point. Ericsson looked like he was going to plant a big sloppy kiss on him, but Commie said 'No.'
Franzen is not shooting well right now. He's missing the net a lot and usually by a lot. Anyone know if he's trying a new stick or curve?
That's all I can stomach right now. Detroit is better than Chicago and I think that's clear. At least in the eyes of this biased blogger. Need to win by 3 in order to win by 1, though.
NOHS Three Stars:
First Star: Abby. The goal was cool, but he also had other chances and was driving the net every chance he got.
Second Star: Entire rookie line. Chicago didn't take advantage of their inexperience and put up some good chances of their own.
Third Star: Commie. For getting the point and not letting Ericsson kiss him.
NOHS Favorite Moment of the Night: When Detroit went on the power play. It gave me hope that this game would be called fair. That hope was quickly dashed, but it felt nice for a second or two.
Next game is tomorrow against the Blues. Puck drops at 2300 zulu. That's 7:00 EST for your non-military types.
Fourth line looked real solid out there. Maybe my eyes were deceving me, but was Jonathan Ericsson actually playing a physical game last night?
Really disturbing loss. Wings continue to show flashes of brilliance throughout the season but cannot get the win on the teams that we are likely to see in the playoffs. SJ, Nucks, Hawks these teams are all serious threats for the crown, can anyone disagree? Penalty shot for Toews was a make up call on the first Lidas hook on Hossa so no disagreement from me there. We cant blame everything on refs. Blowing two leads in the game was sad, no doubt the Wings are a good team, but can they be great this year?
@tjmendiola@Jordan_Reis I honestly don't think the Wings played too bad in this one when you factor out the crap penalty shot and the 2-3 times the Red Wings hit the post. Add to that Helm and Holmstrom were out and I think Chicago is a very beatable team based on their performance last night. I certainly would love to get Franzen scoring on a more regular basis. I love the mule, but damn if he isn't the definition of inconsistency.
Agreed, they are good, but they need that one extra piece that puts them over the top @tjmendiola
@Jordan_Reis There has been a lot of movement this year, new assistant coaches, loss of Rafalski, and Draper...maybe its all adding up.
Complete bullshit penalty shot, I mean seriously, how was that a ps? I mean how the actual f*ck was that a penalty shot?
How many god damn posts did we hit? Jesus, some practice hitting the net is needed by the look of things.
Howie was good but that Seabrook shot was a freebie, he needs to get that one.
Helm always plays well when the rest of the team is blah.
Well tonight the team was blah and we didn't have Helm.
James Tiberius Howard made some pretty clutch saves tonight. But he did get beat pretty cleanly by that Seabrook onetimer.
Bertuzzi always gets points when he fights.
I think I may hate the refs as much as I hate the Hawks right now...jeez that was a terribly called game. Ken and Mick had a good point in the third period, the hawks have a nine game stretch of road games in Feb while the wings play six at home. Other than the circus trip, which they were terrible on, the hawks haven't had that rough of a schedule. That will be interesting. I still think the Wings are a better team, time will tell.
I watched this in a bdubs tonight and some reason, Mount Clemens, Michigan is where the blackhawk fans hang out in southeast Michigan. They were more obnoxious than my boyfriend during sharks/wings playoff series. I was glad they put the UFC fights on the big screens so they would be drowned out, or I would have gotten into fights, I'm sure I don't even need to give details on why.
The penalties were crap. I was so excited for Commie 22 getting a point. Jimmy deserved the win more than Crawford. When Lidstrom turnedover the puck in the first I almost convinced myself it was Ericsson, I was in disbelief. The rookie line was better than I expected, but I hope Helm and Homer get well soon, we're definitely missing Homer in front of the net right now.
Oh how I hate playing in Chicago. Penalty shot was utter garbage. Penalties were skewed. Ericsson was crap. Sigh.