One more thing, the Lightning D didn;t look all that great handling the puck at any point where you'd HAVE to back off the forecheck. In fact they bumbled it enough I think I'd like to see Helm, Tatar, Nyquist and especially AA act like heat seeking missiles and really disrupt their outlets/breakout/control, like Dallas used to do and the Wings somewhat adopted it. I truly thought there was gold to be mined there tonight but it didn't happen often enough or long enough.
Things to clean up like faceoffs, communications between forwards and defense as there were some troubling situations of backside defense going to the net unmarked, and the powerplay must pot one. Don't care how just knock one home. Nyquist and Tatar, one of you please live up to your lofty press clippings.
A solid road game, I thought Blashill did well and most importantly, sans an 8 minute hard push by Tampa in the third nothing that says the Wings can't compete in, or win this series. Better effort next game and maybe a couple lucky hops will come our way.
I wish Pavel the best and he doesn't owe anyone a thing.
Besides, with Holland so expertly carefully planning for his (and Z's) eventual retirement (just as had with Lidtstrom), the Wings are in extremely competent hands with a strong core of proven veterans who show up every single day to play and, gosh darn it, they pay to win! But there is more. They also are doing double duty in working with coaching to entrust a strong group of youngsters to take the reins. Just think how lucky we are are! Holland could have easily ignored reality, rewarded poor performing veterans, made high stake losing gambles on free agency, lacked the guts to trade away dead weight, and delayed the development of our young players, all in the name of clinging to useless playoff streak!
I agree BUT we must apply the dead weight rule to the kids as well. We can't fall in love because they're cheap if they're not fully contributing.
Windsor Star, don't say goodbye to Pavel just yet...
You might want to put away the silly hats and the noisemakers for the time being, and hold off on ordering the cake for the Pavel Datsyuk going away party.
Despite published reports out of Detroit suggesting that Datsyuk would be done as a Detroit Red Wing following the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to someone who should know — Datsyuk’s agent Dan Millstein — his client has not made a final decision at this point.
“Never say never,” Millstein said. “Anything is possible.”