Since there is no Wings game today, (man I LOVE it when they are winning and don't play on Saturday and you can just sit back and watch other, lesser teams, fight for their lives) I thought I'd post a nice video I was LUCKY enough to be filming for on my iPhone. I'll include a few pics but the video was what I wanted to share.
It's the closest I've ever been to a goal. Best if you watch it in full screen at 1080p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAwWViiGQQ&feature=
I am SO STOKED today. My wife is out of the country and the hockey starts at 1pm and goes til 1am. Wings in HIGH DEF always a treat here against a team they SHOULD beat but yet questions need answering.
Edmonton's going to be brimming with confidence after--wait, what's that? They just scored on the Hawks AGAIN? Wow. Anyway the Oil shall be pumped up and on any given night (See, Canadiens, Montreal) the unexpected can bite a couple points into your lead. Can the Oilers keep their momentum?
Ty Conklin must answer questions. Will one of the trades HAVE to be a backup netminder?
How long will the crew here at LGW hang together the moment another team makes the first big trade and the anxiety clock hits midnight?
I think I shall get tickets to Thursday's Devils vs Blues game and get some pictures and give a game report on the Blues...
Oh, and Wings 5 Oil 3
Datsyuk, Cleary, Zetterberg, Stuart and Sheppard
Montreal started like a house afire going up 2-0 and carrying play for long periods of time but Price butchered one, another went in off Clarkson's leg and yadda yadda the Devils have Zach Parise and the Canadiens don't. Parise had two tonight and he's more awesomer every time I watch him play. He's getting his nose dirty and isn't afraid of going to the hard places. Just great to watch him play. Clarkson also had 2 and now has 18 for the year. Yes one went in off his leg and one was an empty netter but still, 18. The friend I was with is a huge Devils fan and she's wondering if Brodeur shouldn't be the backup. Feel free to debate.
David Desharnais pretty much force feeds the Devils an early goal
And there was much rejoicing!
David Clarkson is rewarded for having his leg in the way
He had already begun to lose an edge on his right skate before Z breathes on him and he goes all cattywumpus into the boards. Honestly by getting kicked out Zetterberg served his "suspension". Shanahan will be better served looking for unpunished rogue elbows to the head and getting serious about those.
For the last 10 years it seems no matter how good the Wings are and how BAD the Islanders have been the Isles ALWAYS Seem to play the Wings very tough. I have no idea and or theory as to why this happens but it does. I think anyone predicting a huge Wings victory should take a quick look at the recent history of this series...
Jan 12, 2010 Islanders 6, Red Wings 0
Dec. 31, 2010 Islanders 4 Red Wings 3
In fact, from Lighthouse Hockey, the Isles online fan page: Is it tempting fate too much to mention the odd "streak" the Islanders have going against the Red Wings (4-0-1)
I still say the WIngs will win but I'll make no score predictions...
Wings vs Nordilanche for 7 fun filled memorable games. Patrick getting pulled and sung out of Joe Louis Arena one game after the statue of liberty play. All after that horrifying game 5 OT loss at JLA when Shanahan missed a yawning net and Flopsberg scored to put Denver up 3-2
The Red Wings wanted this guy back. That's the trouble sometimes with a weak FA market, average guys get paid (Kopecky) and suddenly everybody goes up a million. If it were a huge year for FA's teams would take up a lot of their cap money in big signings and dole out to the average players sparingly. The market just worked against the Wings.
If they saw no reason or upside to keep him the Wings could have let him go. They must see him as a piece of the puzzle. He's not that old, he's got huge game experience and now more than ever we'll see a motivated Ericsson.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.