Wow. What a birthday present. Did not expect that kind of performance from Abdelkader at all.
...but to hear him give it up for his linemates is not and one of the reasons why I like the guy on our team.
The Red Wings' forward scored one goal in his first 28 games. But he has five in his past three games.
WHO IS THIS GUY?!?!!
"It was really frustrating, but it's part of the business," said Abdelkader, who signed a four-year, $7.2 million contract on Sept. 14.
"I didn't play anywhere during the lockout and I had a slow start. It took a little bit for me to get my legs underneath me and get my hands and everything going good. I think it took me about 10 games to do that -- and I think I'm speaking for most of the guys who didn't play during the lockout. But thankfully, we won't have to go through it for another eight years."
"I was the beneficiary of some good plays by Johan Franzen and Pavs," Abdelkader said. "It was just one of those games where you keep getting the puck and you just keep shooting. Sometimes the puck will follow you, and maybe that was the case in this game. But I give those guys a lot of credit."
As far as the fights go... I'll take 'em. I'm sure they'll be up on hockeyfights.com before mid-afternnon for those that are looking. Would have been great to see Abby have one. He's going to need to show that side next year. I have to say, heading into our division in the East, we've gotta get some more under our belts.
I watched the BOS/OTT game and man, did it get testy in the third period. McQuaid. Thorton. Campbell.
Lucic. (spotpicker, I know, but who, more than us, is prime for spotpicking.) On the Sens: Neil. Kassian.
We'd need to have Tootoo in the line up for a game like this. He's not a chump. Get him in the lineup.
Also, I wouldn't complain if we happened to get ourselves a guy who can actually fight.
Edited by e_prime, 23 March 2013 - 06:07 AM.