Oh my gosh. I mean, wow. It’s like, DUDE! Are you kidding me!? I just can’t… wow. Just, wow.
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Did you see Al Sobotka before the game started? Duncan Queef stands right next to him so he can’t twirl the octopi. Al says something to him, then starts swinging it around like a madman. I like to think Al warned him that he was swinging it no matter what, then did. Even our Zamboni driver is a badass.
Jakub Kindl played an outstanding game today and I noticed that way before he scored the winner. He played physical hockey and made smart plays. That’s all I ask for from these guys. Smith and Quincey were also great tonight. Kronwall and Ericsson, too. I guess Colaiacovo was the only one that made me nervous at times not getting back.
The kids! Dude! KIDS! They came close a lot of times and used their speed to disrupt breakout passes. Nyquist and Brunner get most of the love, but Andersson is the rock of that line. Smart plays and what must be an infuriating poke-check when the point man is trying to setup on the PP.
Zetterberg is living inside of Toews’ head right now. Toews is making Crosby and Getzlaf seem calm and collected. My favorite part is how Hank just stands there letting Toews slash his shins and ignores him like the ankle-biter he is.
Jimmy Howard was a wall tonight. He is the best goalie in the playoffs right now. No doubt about it.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Jimmy Howard. Shutout victory in the biggest game of his life. Worth the price.
Second Star: Jakub Kindl. GWG and SOLID play at both ends all night long.
Third Star: Henrik Zetterberg. Toews is going to see that Swedish smile in his sleep. As will I.
Honorable Mention: Anyone on the PK. Seriously, what did Chicago get? 1 shot with 3 chances including a late opportunity? Amazing job.
In this day and age there is no such thing as a stranglehold on a series. Wings came back from 0-3 to force a game 7. Hell, Chicago did the same in 2011. This isn’t over. But almost.
Seriously, Z is toying with Toews, it ridiculous how frustrated that dude is. Also, how about Quenneville yelling across the rink at his player in the box (was it shaw cross check at the end of game?), then he gave it to Crawford and told him to go back out in the net, you could see Crawford's shoulders drop as he skated back out. No matter what kind of death stare Babs gives his players, he never belittles them on the bench...totally unprofessional on Quenneville. Really what do you expect from someone who came from Colorado? I said at the beginning of the playoffs that my dream scenario would be for the Wings to end their tenure in the West by beating Anaheim, then Chicago, then San Jose, then Pittsburgh in the finals to take the cup...keep it up Wings, make it happen! LGRW
@AndyInBaltimore This may be blasphemy, but I actually felt bad for Crawford when Quenneville was tearing him a new one. Crawford seemed to be one of the only guys on that team who was trying to hold it together as best he could when the team in front of him was falling apart. As the old saying goes, "S**t rolls downhill." When a coach is losing his mind, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the players.
By the way, thank you for mentioning the PK. As always, Eaves and Miller seem to make themselves invaluable on the PK. Stick tap to the little guy...hard work and determination wins out every time!
Incredible. Unless the Hawks change their game significantly, and are prepared to play an all-night grind, things aren't going to end up in their favour.
I'm amused by all this chatter about goal posts after this game. There's a lot of luck in hockey, to be sure, but coming close and being unlucky aren't always the same things. Pro tip: If you hit the inside of the post, it might go in, if you hit the outside of the post, it won't.
I'm as surprised as I am happy by the turn in this series. No matter what happens from here, this team is maturing far faster than I thought. And the situation with Toews is mystifying. Who'd have thought that in late May 2013 Kane would look like the mature one?
Those three penalties in a row really showed how frustrated Toews is.
I loved Babs throwing Abby on PP after Franzen was cross checked. Swear he was daring them to do it again. What made it better is that it lead to Kindl's goal.
Maybe I'm just off my rocker, but in a few years I can honestly see Brunner and Nyquist as Euro Twins 2.0. I would also like to formally and publicly retract any negative statements I've made about Kindl in the past. He has really stepped up, he's been shooting like a madman and he seems to be getting better at those blue line goals. On the whole, I am just amazed by this whole team. As fans we will always believe, but when we see things coalesce, it is still awe inspiring.
@brandik1313 Hey Brandik, check out my article on that exact same comparison! http://thehockeywriters.com/nyquist-and-brunner-the-next-euro-twins/
Your not off your rocker... This line is showing amazing chemistry and is soon going to be forcing teams to spend more energy defending them opening the ice for either Datsyuk or Zetterberg.
Nyquist will win the Art Ross Trophy in the not terribly distant future. It's like you crossed Helm and Datsyuk but made it want to shoot just a little more than either.