19 straight wins at home after a 2-1 SO victory. I told you, you don’t disrespect the number 19 in Detroit. You just don’t.
Recap after the jump:
Post, post, post. Detroit got out shot in this game, but they did have plenty of great chances. Yes, the PP is bad, but they are getting chances. Once they start burying those chances, the PP will go from terrible to bad. I guess that’s something.
Pavel was snake bit again, but got a good bounce during the shootout, so hopefully that trend is a thing of the past. Speaking of shootouts, Bert is my favorite shooter. I think Pavel is more fun to watch, but somehow I always find myself saying, “What the heck are you doing?” as Bert skates in, then laughing as I cheer when he scores.
Abdelkader with the goal tonight, no matter how much NHL Network wants to ignore the obvious. He also might have gotten a piece of Kindl’s first point shot off the post. High stick? Probably. But it shows how versatile Abby can be. He can kill penalties, take faceoffs, fight, be a net-front-presence and hit. Keep him.
That 3 on 3 in OT was crazy. A rested, non-snake bit Pavel would have been money right there.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Joey MacDonald. If he gets sent down to Grand Rapids after Howard comes back, I’ll be as shocked as you and Conklin.
Second Star: Abby, with his deflection goal in the first period.
Third Star: Todd Bertuzzi, but only because of his shootout goal. The rest of the game he was really bad.
NOHS Favorite Moment of the Game: When Dan O’Halloran, of all refs, called goalie interference, of all calls, in favor of Holmstrom, of all people, from center ice, of all places, nullifying a goal, of all things. It was a strange night, folks.
Next game is Sunday night against the Flyers. Puck drops at 7:30 EST. It’ll be a good night to get a few guys back on scoring streaks.