What a great effort by this team. If you're counting, that's two straight game 7 wins for the Detroit Red Wings. They're getting it done at both ends of the ice and everyone is chipping in.
More after the jump:
Before I forget, I have to acknowledge Mike Babcock. His line combinations are clicking right now and players who were failing us are now contributing to the cause. I’m one of the first people to put the blame on him when the team isn’t ready or motivated, so I also need to be the first to point out that his team has been prepared to play and they want to win. Good to see.
The special teams are doing great. The PK has been stingy and that’s been a total team effort. Forwards are slowing entry, defensemen are clearing the zone, everyone is blocking shots and when one gets through, there’s Jimmy Howard.
The top line is playing some great hockey right now. You can tell that they want to keep playing. Especially Hank. I won’t judge him if his team doesn’t make the playoffs, but do you think he wants to be the captain that sees the streak end? Hell, no.
Nyquist is slick with the puck, but if you watch him closely, the reason he creates chances is he knows how to protect the puck with his body, but also because when he does lose the puck, he rips a trench through the ice trying to get it back. I can forgive guys for not being good enough at any given time, but my favorite players to watch are the ones that leave nothing on the ice. That’s Goose.
Wings killed the Kings in the faceoff circle tonight. It really was like watching old school Red Wings hockey.
Apparently Jordin Tootoo ate raw beluga whale meat and caribou last night. What a beast.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Patrick Eaves. Assisted on the GWG by Tootoo and was firing the puck every chance he got. Also good on the PK.
Second Star: Pavel Datsyuk. Another big game by Pav. 1G 1A.
Third Star: Jordin Tootoo. Ate raw whale meat yesterday (Eff you, Paul Watson!) and scored the GWG tonight. Was also hitting everything that moved. Hunts and eats caribou.
Honorable Mention: Coaching staff for getting the guys ready to go. It’s not over yet, though. HUGE game tomorrow. Win and the Jackets are in a world of hurt.
See you tomorrow when the Red Wings play the Predators.
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