Detroit rebounded after a terrible start and beat the Canucks by a final score of 5-2. Zetterberg got back into his scoring ways as he and Abdelkader put two past Luongo. Cleary got the other goal for the Wings.
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The goals that Abby scored tonight were what we all pictured they would be like if he continued to play with Datsyuk. Pavel would eventually just start banking them in off Abdelkader. Well, those count, too, so whatever gets the job done. Does this mean Babcock was right all along? Of course not. Don’t be silly. Nyquist or Tatar would still be better there, but a win is a win.
Not sure why Brunner got demoted, but he picked up another assist tonight, so whatever.
Fil has been pretty good since coming back from his injury. If all of the guys coming back from injury bounce back like he has, we’ll be in good shape.
Our defense continues to get beat and it’s getting old. I see the way Howard is playing and then I see his numbers and I can’t believe it. How can this guy have a GAA near 3 and a SV% just above .900 when he’s playing so well? Bad defense.
Red Wings own Luongo.
PP scored on the road again, so that’s cool. However, I would like to see us spend less time trying to get Kronwall the puck for a shot. He’s good, but the strength of our power play is our forwards. Hank’s PP goal is a perfect example. Pav gets the puck with a little space, quickly finds Z and it’s in the back of the net. Do that more, k?
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star A: Pavel Datsyuk. Three helpers tonight and some great defensive play. If you DVR’d the game, go back to when the Canucks had a long 5 on 3. Watch how Pavel hustles and dives to clear the puck and muscles his way into position. Best player in the NHL. Vancouver scores there and they’re right back in the game.
First Star B: Jim Howard. Seriously, if he has the flu and is playing like that, everyone sneeze on him before games. Burrows could have had a career night tonight, but Howard denied him more often than not. His only blemishes were a 2 on 1 six seconds in and an own-goal by Kronwall.
Third Star: Justin Abdelkader. I know those were basically all Pav, but he went to the net like he was supposed to and was rewarded.
Honorable Mention: The whole team rebounded pretty well after such a crushing start to the game. Good to see.
Dishonorable Mention: Think Grand Rapids likes the idea of the Wings calling up Nyquist and then scratching him? The Griffins lost tonight. I bet they would have liked having their best player in the lineup. Yeah, yeah, the Wings won so it’s all okay, right? And if a young free agent like, say, Danny DeKeyser is paying attention, do you think he notices how young players are treated? Just something to consider.
4 out of a possible 6 points on this western road trip. Not bad. Next game is Wednesday night in Minnesota.