In this order - 1. Howard; 2. Dats; 3. Eaves. Good job Brunner, but he was just Johnny on the Spot, he was pretty much a non-factor otherwise. Eaves played a GREAT game, just doesn't show up on the score sheet. Hon. Mention to Cleary, Nyquist and Bert - solid play. Finally, can someone buy Kronwall a stick with negative curve? The guy had at least two legit chances to finish and blew them both way over the net.
1. Howard (Now that was an Ozzie like response to a bad game... he had some puck luck tonight be made the saves he had too. He looked big tonight. I'd like to see a little better rebound control)
2. Dats (He just turned in on in the 3rd. When Dats is physically involved... he is absolutely dominant)
3. Kronner/ Ericsson (a legit 1st pairing tonight, great offensive zone plays by E, huge check by Kronner... great game!)
Nice to see Smith looking good offensively. If we can get him a solid vet defensive dman (or Dekeyser lol) I think we could see a different Smith next year!
That was another ugly start of a game. CONNECT A PASS. Jesus.
After the Kronwall hit the fans refused to let their team relax again. They deserve a lot of credit. Then Datsyuk went into beast mode, Zetterberg hounded the puck, Franzen looked angry that they took a goal away from him....
I want Kronwall off the team. He go shoot pucks off the glass somewhere else. And he can take Flip with him.
The two halves of the game were night and day. As soon as we started bringing the puck to the net and crashing the crease, good things started happening. Imagine that! Diddling the puck in the corner with sweet passes to the point and the eventual turnover is not a winning strategy.
Ericsson deserves credit for his game today. He's been great. Huge turnaround from last season, it seems his confidence is growing and his dumb defensive plays are barely happening anymore. When he signed the contract for 3.25 I was scratching my head, now I wish the contrcat was longer.
Have to say . . . Detroit isn't my first, favorite team because I grew up on another one . . . But Datsyuk has to be one of my favorite players if not my favorite . . . Can not get enough of that guy. Unbelievable skill . . . Like unbelievable. Classy. Tough as nails though not being huge. Man, what a player. MAN what a player. He and Sid are the best two players in the league and its close with the edge to Crosby. But Pavel has intangibles that the Pen captain doesn't even have . . . Just on absolute awe of his performance tonight. And that's an understatement. Just wow.