Spoiler Alert: Alfie scored. Totally got the goal that iced the game for us, an empty netter that put us up 4-2 with about a minute left. The nail in the coffin. The dagger in the heart. The Cooke skate-blade on the heal of Erik Karlsson. The arrow through the heart. The bullet through Lincoln’s cranium.
He also had an assist, and if you did not catch the pregame tribute by the Sens to their former captain, no need to worry, I’m stealing the recap of it from Puck Daddy and linking it here.
After a pretty dull first period, the Red Wings played a decent game despite giving up some really good looks to Ottawa and Gustavsson having some rebound control issues that cost him. Even though I was pretty upset with him on his own clumsiness giving away a goal and some shaky rebounds, he did bail us out in a few key moments, especially at the end of the second when we held on to a 2-1 lead but gave Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris great shots.
Darren Helm had a breakaway and reverted back to youthful Darren Helm: shot out of a canon in a short-handed situation, all alone with tons of speed, gets a weak shot off and the goalie makes a mediocre save. Glad he’s back. Drew Miller missed the hat-trick by surprisingly little, was even in the attacking zone after Ottawa had pulled the goalie, but the Mule couldn’t get him the puck so he shot it himself and had it blocked. That selfish Mule. His goal, the first of the game, was a real beauty as he cruised in a snapped one high glove.
For being outshot 32-23 and only getting one powerplay to Ottawa’s four, and also considering that scary Monster in net, I would call this a pretty encouraging and satisfying win.
NOHS Three Stars
First Star – Daniel Alfredsson. Standing ovation to start the game, a cool tribute, some boos later on, an assist on the first goal, and the empty netter to ice it. Great going, old-timer.
Second Star – Drew Miller. Two goals this game and that’s now 3 in his last 3 games. Good for all of you who picked him to be on your fantasy team. Way to hang in there.
Third Star – Tomas Tatar. Absolutely awesome game by Tatar, one of the most consistently noticeable players all night. Every shift he seemed to make something happen. He set up Drew Miller’s goal by toe-dragging in Erik Karlsson’s face, which went unmentioned on the Canadian telecast (which I had to suffer through, thanks NHLN and Gary Bettman!). He was all over the puck, all over the ice, and even laid the body a time or two. I’m really looking forward to more of this guy. Even though I jokingly mentioned he’d be sent back to GR with Goose last time.
Honourable Mention – Darren Helm really was fantastic. Pucks didn’t go in tonight but he was in the right place and worked hard to get his chances. Defensively he was huge again. And even though Jonas Gustavsson scares the hell out of me, he came up big when we needed him to.
Thanks for a great weekend, team. LGRW.
Good discussion about when DeKeyser comes back on Khan's blog today. Commenter theorizes that Miller's recent play makes him a good bet to stick around, and that if no one else goes on LTIR to create the space for DeKeyser, they won't have much choice but to waive Cleary. (Bert and Sammy have over-35 contracts, so waiving them won't supply the necessary cap relief.) Khan replies: "You might be right. Another possibility sending down Lashoff and hoping he sneaks through waivers."
NO. NO. TWENTY-THREE TIMES NO.
@Old Fat Bald Guy Lashoff might make it through, might. Cleary was the worst re-signing. I love the guy and his heart, but it's the big picture. I really hope Holland gets rid of the massive deadweight this offseason that is offered up on a platter to him.