3 goals down? Too many. 2 goals down? No problem!
Full recap after you jump:
Another slow start. Not that Chicago's goals were so great, but we let them happen with bad plays. I think it's dumb, but it is a penalty 100% of the time a stick is broken on a slash. (OK, it's supposed to be a penalty 100% of the time, but you know what I mean.) Soft clearing attempts off the middle that are intercepted by goal scorers make me sad.
Kane was covering Datsyuk on the last goal, but drifted away after Pavel's shot. So why was Pavel so open? Because Kane played lazy. Not first time.
So yeah, another penalty shot against. Holmstrom used his hand to pull the puck away from the goal line, but did he cover the puck? Maybe. Did Seabrook on a similar play? Oh yes. I'm shocked, SHOCKED that Chicago got a penalty shot and we didn't.
Joel. Quenneville. What a bum. If he would take a moment to stop crying about calls and just tell his guys to "cover Datsyuk!" or "don't slash guys because you're mad!" then Chicago wouldn't suck. But they do and part of it is his fault. Which brings me to this:
Your reward for winning will be the knowledge that you made me and everyone else laugh heartily.
Lots of blocked shots by Detroit and lots of hits. Part of that is the result of not having the puck enough, but puck possession is worth 0 goals, so good job by our guys to fight to give it back. This is also the first game I've seen since October 8 that the Red Wings played hard in front of Conklin. We give him hell, but not many backups can win games when the team quits in front of them. If they could, they wouldn't be backups.
Hudler passed up a lot of shots tonight. I don't know why. He just scored last night so I don't think it's a lack of confidence, but it's something. Shoot, Hudler! If you read this blog (and you should) you must shoot!
First Star: All six defensemen. Even Ericsson. He did fine out there, even kind of assisted on the winner. The defense blocked shots and did a good job on the odd man rushes that Chicago's speed generated.
Second Star: Ty Conklin(!): Face it. The man played well. It looks bad early, but he kept battling. Whether he started playing well because the team woke up or the team waking up made him play well, he got the win. A solid come-from-behind road win. Nice.
Third Star: All of you who managed to listen to that game with the volume on. I couldn't stand it, so the first 20 minutes was a muted TV and this. By the way, that song is a great alternative to their goal song, so keep it handy to block the madness.
Actual Third Star: Pav. Not his greatest game, but a great finish. He did have some sweet takeaways, too.
NOHS Favorite Moment of the Night: The last goal. Not just that it was scored by the good guys, but it went off of Leddy and he knew it. I'm not lip reader, but I think he said, "Doh!" Then Crawford freaking out that the goal counted. After all, he was being interfered with by his own player.
Don't forget the caption contest that has no prize.
Next game is Tuesday against... (checking)... Oh God...
Puck drops at 7:00 EST.
1) KANER! I need you to cover Datsyuk like you cover Buffalo cab drivers!
2) [focusing on the nail biter behind the glass] Oh my God...I think his mustache is moving on it's own...
My favorite part of the game: our good buddy "Enzo" freaking out about the two many men and interference on Toews a minute before the Pavel's goal. Literally thought he was going to cry with his snuggle buddies coach Q and Kaner. Good win for the good guys, keep it going.
@Mary Gonsalves Jebus, I could not believe how he went on & on & on about that!! STFU, ya big baby!!!
@Mary Gonsalves what pissed me off is they went back and replayed that after Datsyuk's goal. Talk about raining on a parade. He literally went back and counted the red wings players on the ice immediately after the game was over. Come on...
@teddywings of course he did! He's a jealous little nancy because hes never won a cup and sucks at coaching. That last article summed it all up perfectly.
Also, let's not forget - let's *not* forget, Dude - that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city - that aint legal either..@Mary Gonsalves
These slow starts are giving me ulcers. That needs to stop. Penalty shot for Chicago but nothing for Detroit on the exact same play. Chicago with 6 PP and Detroit with 1 PP. That makes for 2 PP in 3 games :/ I can’t believe I am saying this, but Ericsson looked like he cared about winning in the latter half of the game tonight. He wasn’t half bad. Occasionally playing like the big lug he actually is and skating hard looked nice for him. I do admit I was cursing his mother, grandmother, great aunt, and every other female relative right up until Pav scored. He took a huge risk getting out of position, blocked Pav’s shot, and I could just hear “Kane dances away on a breakaway” giddily dancing off Doc’s tongue. However, that did not happen and Pav scored, no matter how much they protested about a too-many-men penalty.
Best moment: Franzen getting punched by Montador while on his knees after Pav won the game. Well, and then the 1-punch sorta-knockout he threw as soon as he stood up.
Not sure about a caption but that nail bitter behind his hand is a precursor to a facepalm... Who did Franzen drop after the goal? Chalk that one up with the mouth gaurd thievery, that was really great.
@D.M.N Dude I think it was Montidor who took a swing at Lidstrom because of minor interference. Someone did I know that and I was not happy. I wondered who threw the punch at the end... thought it was Holmstrom but Franzen is starting to stand up for his team mates and himself more and more.
@D.M.N Franzen decked Montador. Not sure why. Probably a temper tantrum from the babies in the Windy City.
@JOHNxJOHN Franzen was getting leaned on pretty heavy in the scrum took a few jabs to the back... Punch to the face was well deserved...
do you think Kane ever gets tired of having to cover Datsyuk? Every time the two go head to head, Kane gets embarrassed. Look at how Pav drew him to the boards and then just ran around him right before the OT goal. I can see Kane dreading every shift and it is hilarious. P.S. Suck it Chicago.
I'd say with the penalty shot, there's no way homer covered it. Or it wouldn't have came out from under is belly 1.8 seconds later ! So very bad call and no common sense went into that decision not that any of us are surprised. Great game to watch tho. I thought pav was awesome. Lots of great moves on their top douche bags, takeaways and a nice ot goal at the end. Filppula was real good. They need to quit taking huds of that hank fil line so fast when were down, esp when the combine for the 1st goal. Nail biting for tuesday but lgrw
I'm incredibly happy Conklin seemed to remember how to play well? We NEED him to play well, and that's all there is to it. This was a good game. I definitely scared my neighbors and I'm sure they hate me.
Was I imagining the short "Let's Go Red Wings!" chant that started in the third? It was quiet and just for a second before a loud BEAT DE-TROIT came out of nowhere.
i'll get the ball rolling with: "Give us a break! Look who we have to start in net, for God's sake!"
That game was a thing of beauty. I don't think I've been that excited at the end of a game in forever.