It's kind of easy to say now after watching Del Zotto make that last goal happen, but I'm impressed with what he's done this year...working himself into being a legit top four defenseman who provides solid defense, physicality especially along the boards, and is picking his spots to join the rush much better, contributing decently well on points...
I can see him hit 40 points this year if he keeps up this recent bit of play and hopefully continue to improve, being a 50-60 point 2nd pairing player. Especially if the PP can get going
1. Brian Boyle
2. Brad Richards
3. Michael Del Zotto
Good: The PP was very effective tonight. 1-for-3, and the momentum gained off the 3rd one led to the game tying goal by Boyle. Defense was good in the first and third periods. Players who were good: McDonagh, Girardi, Staal, Callahan, Gaborik, Stepan, Anisimov, Prust.
Bad: Defense in the 2nd period. They need to work on their coverage in front of the net, still. Brion was't all to impressive, 16 for 19 is okay, I guess.
Very nice goal to win it. Tedious boards play by MDZ, great feed from AA and nice finish by Brad Richards.
Good = 3 Stars = McD, Boyle, Callahan
HM = Strålman, Richards, Girardi, Prust, Dubinsky, Gabby
Bad 0 Linesmen & refs, Marty B did not have a better outing. 1,5 softies, some very good saves in a difficult game for a keeper yet looked very uncertain at times
Ugly = hit on Fedotenko who probably got concussed. Should be 5 games. Totally unmotivated interference headshot. Should have been a major...
This was like a big **** you from torts to all his haters. We don't like how you're playing boyle... we don't like how you're using richards... maybe we should just **** and let the stanley cup winning coach coach his first place hockey team!