This one was over before the second period started. Luckily, the Red Wings stayed focused and didn't pick up a bunch of bad habits. A full 60 minute game. Good to see.
Honestly didn't see a Red Wings worth complaining about tonight other than Kindl. He was lost a couple times when Buffalo had pressure and his penalty on the power play was simply lazy. Didn't cost the team, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Commie out there tomorrow night.
Ericsson has been steady lately. Some people disagree and will point out a mistake here or there, but he has improved and is no longer the liability he was early in the season. Hopefully he keeps that up.
Ryan Miller had a terrible night. Who cares, you ask? Well, I pull for every Michigan native as long as it doesn't hurt the Wings' standings, so I hate to see him having such a terrible time. Then again, Hank needed that goal. And so did Helm. And Nick. And Mule. And Bert. So, okay.
Pavel picked up his 700th career point with 3 great assists. The way he can pick a guys pocket and make a pass before the skater even knows the puck is gone is just so great to watch. That's why you see the phrase "I hate Pavel Datsyuk. Wish he was on my team" so often.
From what I saw on twitter, people were booing Leino. Is that true? And if you were in on the booing, why? Not to flame you, just honestly curios. He signed a contract with Detroit, didn't meet expectations, was traded and moved on. So why boo him? I got a job at D&W once when I was younger and didn't meet their expectations, yet when I stopped by last summer to buy some pop, no one booed me.
NOHS 3 Stars of the Game:
First Star: Pavel Datsyuk: He was himself tonight, which will usually get him on anyone's 3 star list.
Second Star: Drew Miller: Great pass to Helm for the goal that chased his brother. Mick said he saw Drew say something to Ryan as he left the ice. Not sure what it was, but I doubt it was nasty.
Third Star: James Howard: I don't know jack about goaliE positioning and rebound controL, but whatever IT is, Howard is doing it wEll.
NOHS Favorite Moment of the Game: Pavel's interview. I really don't know what he said, but I laughed throughout the whole thing.
Next game is tomorrow against Dallas. The game is in Dallas, so the puck won't drop until 8:30 EST. By the way, you all are going to love Josh's movie poster for tomorrow's game. I'm still laughing.
Good point on Leino. He had his shot with the Wings and it didn't work out. Don't see why people boo him. Let's not be like all the "Boo-tuzziists". It was a spectacular show, almost hard to watch Goalie Miller taking all that punishment (almost :D). The Sabres didn't need any help getting back in the game, in fact, even with a little help I don't think they could get back in. Erg...Kinol. My wife and I always here talk about Kinol doing this, doing that, or looking good lately... We don't like him. I've seen him get lost, forget where he is, and cough up more pucks and turn overs than any other player, Ericsson included. Sorry Kinol, but I think the likes of Mursak, Connor, Commodore, etc, should be in the game.
So the Wings won 15 at home, who cares? Pav got 3 assists and Jim Howard got a shutout but big deal. I get my news from NHL.com and Doan scored two whole goals all by himself and theres still f**k all happening to Sidney Crosby OMG!!!
...I hate the nhl. How about some god damn recognition!
Oh man, the look on Pavel's face during that interview....pure confusion. I love it that every time Keats sits down with him, he asks him these complicated questions containing large words and english phrases that probabaly get lost in translation. When Keats asked him if he liked feeding his teammates, Pavel was probably thinking in his head, "Shiny bald man has talking crazy things! I have never over to my home my teammates for eating." Or something like that.
Yea was a great game, love pavel. He's so innocent n nice. Just wish 1 year hed treat us to huge points in a season to steal the art ross trophy, he deserves it. But him not being selfish makes him so great ! Selkes are better anyways. With the leino thing, think that was just retarded/bandwagon fans or uneducated hockey fans prolly. Glad he got traded tho we needed that cap room for mule ! Excited for the movie poster tomorrow, keep up the incredible work guys I love these blogs
So confused as how Pavs isn't in the Hart Consideration when Toews (who has less points, less hits, less blocked shots, 1 more takeaway (pavs has 2 games in hand) is at the forefront of it.
Despite my E-Hater status, I admit that he hasn't be as useless in the last stretch here. Still not almost $4m useful, but better... Kindl has looked like a flash backwards and Commie has looked solid, so I agree with switching them. Kindl can use the time off to do more MMA training.
@Instinctz Because he plays for Detroit.