Really strong period for the Red Wings. The Thornton line is giving them fits, but otherwise the Wings are skating hard.
Is there ever a game the Sharks don't get assistance from the refs? The playoff series and all the diving they got away with still pisses me off. Looks like the penalties are going to be lopsided yet again.
Jimmy obviously bailed the team out in the first when things could have gone south quickly. That's the type of performance the Wings need more consistently with Howard while they battle injuries and likely aren't going to be scoring five goals very often.
Also, I think it's absolutely clear now from the past couple games that Brendan Smith should never be paired another second with Kyle Quincey. Smith has looked composed and much more assertive jumping in offensively playing with Kronner. I would keep those two together and have E/DeKeyser on the second pairing. Whichever of Kindl/Quincey is less of a disaster at the time with Lashoff then.
Good win with a very tough three games looming in California.
Really unfortunate Helm can't stay healthy because we all know what a difference maker he is on the ice for the Red Wings.
It would be nice with Weiss out too for Helm to center the second line because I think most games the Wings need Z and Pavel together to carry the offense. Hopefully this isn't long-term and Helm will come back contributing offensively like he was before.
c'mon that was a piss poor performance in the shootout for jimmy the winning goal was flubbed and still went through a huge hole he left open. he was determined to lose that shootout. once again we lose a game we would have won if gus was in net. but morale victories right
Jimmy was great the first 65 minutes. I highly doubt he was determined to lose the shootout, given the stakes and his competitive nature.
It's hard to be upset with the Wings effort today. They were the better team and if they duplicate that in upcoming games, wins will follow.
Wings have been playing well since the end of the second and Jimmy Howard has completely wrecked their chance to win. Control the play and Nashville comes down the ice for two shifts and it ends up in the net both times. The forwards have been working hard and Howard can't make a single save.