I kept the powder dry and watched the entire game before saying anything.
GREAT, HUGELY important win. Everything to play FOR now on Thursday rather than trying not to fall behind 3-1.
Greasy win. I'm beginning to understand those losses to Edmonton and Calgary et al when the Wings with all that talent couldn't come back against some talent and a whole lot of muckers. The more talented team didn't win tonight but the harder working team sure did. Very few stupid passes out of the zone but way too many penalties. Helm has learned so well from Zetterberg on faceoffs, He cheats exactly like Z used to before linesmen started tossing him. All the Wings D tonight did something good of note that helped the win. Stamkos is a frustrated little skunk isn't he? Joe Louis Arena sounded GREAT tonight but I know you all can make it louder Thursday.
Sure we got some bounces tonight and Tampa sure missed some chances that would have changed the game. Those are the gremlins inside Joe Louis Arena helping out. They some nights put the story in storied...
Tonight is the series really, we win tonight and put some serious pressure on TB or we're most likely screwed.
I was going to say the same thing. This team must play on the front foot to be successful. They can't be wasting home games trying to catch up to Tampa and not go down 3-1. Draw the line in the sand tonight or don't draw one.
Since shootouts cannot burn us any further this season I'll say the game goes to overtime and instead of losing a shootout 3-1 the Wings win in OT on a goal by Marek Zidlicky.
Leave it the way it is as far as the lineup goes. Lather rinse repeat on the "compete level" and "starting on time" cliches. Demand better as a coach. I don't think you need bench anyone, they all see who is playing goalie and know results will dictate the lineup.
Let's see what they have to punch back with. Tampa said they played as well as they could last night. Stamkos said is was their best team game all year. Sobeit. If that's the case it's going to be a looooonnnnnggggg series.