Good road win by Detroit. Dallas was banged up and Detroit took advantage of a bounce or two to get the extra point.
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Conklin with the win. Seems that he starts slow and then picks his play up as the game goes on. Not saying that he's completely out of the dog house, but a win is a win. Honestly, if not for Dallas being allowed to score with broken sticks, the Wings win in regulation and Conklin only gets beat once.
The game itself was kind of boring. Not much really happened until 12 minutes left in the third. Until then, Bachman was able to see almost every shot he faced. Then the Wings put a bunch more pressure on him and he was forced to make some big saves. He's a good goalie. Then again, you could tell that was his first NHL shootout. He bit hard on every deke and could easily have been scored on all three times.
According to the box score, Detroit got a bunch of power plays tonight. However, two were under 20 seconds, so they never got to setup.
Good to see Holmstrom score a goal and not have to look to the ref to see if it counts. If they disallowed a slapshot from the slot, he'd probably retire on the spot.
Dallas did well on the faceoffs. Whether that was them being good, us being bad, or them cheating, I have no idea. Seems refs toss guys at random, so while I know what the rules say, I don't know why Hank gets thrown out so much. Seems he doesn't either, so I don't feel bad.
Anyone forced to listen to the Dallas announcers? Luckily, I did not, but I usually do. They're pretty terrible and according to the wingingit twitter feed, they were on par tonight.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Hudler. Fluke goal in the second tied the game, but he scored that after coming back from a pretty big hit. He's a tough customer.
Second Star: Ericsson/Commodore. They really are a good pair. Commie brings out the best in Ericsson. Not sure if Commodore whispers sweet nothings in his ear to calm him down, but whatever it is, it's working I would like to see Commie/Kindl one day. We'll see.
Third Star: Ty Conklin. He did well in the shootout and battled back after giving up 2 goals in the first. Like I said, he's not out of the dog house, but if he can find a way to win more than he loses, he'll make me happy. (Obviously)
NOHS Favorite Moment of the Game: The Hudler shootout goal. I want to believe there was a story behind him trying that shot. Like, him trying it in practice, scoring and then Hank saying he'd never do it in a game. Something like that.
Next game is Thursday against Phoenix. Puck drops at 9:00 EST in Detroit's alternate home rink.
Didn't get to see the end of this and boy am I sorry I missed it. Hudler with the Zetterberg move...saweeeeeeeeeeeeet
Way late to the party, I realise, but we can thank work for that. My favourite part of this game was definitely Jiri Hudler...and his awkward stretch-healing after taking that Fistric hit. Specifically, this photo sent to WIIM courtesy our old friend, Casey Richey.http://yfrog.com/nzp7zp
This game was a good example of how the team plays when Conks is in. Every time theres a shot everyone dives into the crease in a pile because theyre afraid Conks won't cover. Then their forward pressure is just a bit lacking. Also the 10-15 seconds before Dallas' scond goal was some of the most lifeless play i've ever seen, climaxing with a Lidstrom giveaway before the goal. Still, a win is a win and the 3rd point doesn't go to someone in the central for once.
@Reddy The ice was terrible last night. The puck was bouncing so much during warm ups before each period that both teams had to adjust their passing. wet spots in the ice that just killed a lot of passes that weren't off the ice. that coupled with the fatigue from the night before, really slowed down the passing game in the neutral zone. both teams looked scared of making a mistake trying to carry the puck thru wet spots.
Dallas announcers were terrible. Explaining some line strategy: "They got the 4th line out there for this faceoff. They are gonna come off and some other guys go on." end of the explanation
I had to listen to the Dallas announcers, not as bad as Eddie but still pretty one sided - not blatantly anti-detroit, just pretty pro-dallas.
Wings looked a tired to me during the second half of he first and most of the second, but certainly picked it up during the third and in OT
@CalumB Haha, I had to listen to the Dallas announcers too. Mine was through a stream though so I got to listen to their conversations between commercials. It's funny as hell what they say to each other. The color guy ripped on us though, saying "No wonder they don't win on the road, there's no one driving the net." Yes, we didn't drive the net last night but I don't think it has anything to do with being on the road.
@thebiglachovsky@CalumB there's a russian website called livetv.ru. it's all in russian but if you have google chrome it will translate for you. there's a couple other int'l websites that have streams but you have to pay for them. this one is free and some streams stay there during the commercial. gotta love the internet....and russia
@CalumB I actually liked razor other than his claim that that the last minute trip on Franzen wasn't tripping. That's the definition of tripping Razor.