We stole home ice. Good enough. It's either 1-1 or 2-0 after tonight. We lost but really it's tied. We're underdogs and any goal and game for this Griffins team is already a win. Today was a wash so I hope the kids learn from it and stick to their plan.
i'll say it again. Wings will stand a chance in winning the series if all three are met:
-howard stands on his head
-datsyuk plays like datsyuk
-the team sticks to babcock's plan...which is designed for 1-1 skill games, not 4-1 face wash, after the whistle action fest
Gus suddenly not scoring after his scorching hot streak looks bad on paper, but is actually a great thing. The Wings have always played a team first system. Bowman implemented this in the 90's and we haven't looked back. Remember the grind line? They scored TIMELY goals not hattricks. This is why when you track other players' who have been traded away by the wings they only go one of two ways; the players either become the team's best player or are never heard from again. When they become that very rare occurrence of being productive and flying under the radar, Holland trades for them back.
Going back to Gus' situation, he's a goal scorer/game changer but he's in a team/defense first mentality. When Dats returned, he and his linemates were given a different role. Their line was to cycle the puck and push through the defense so Dats and his line could score. Yes Gus should be on that line to score. However, the post season is upon them and they need to start playing as a unit on a system designed to win 2-1 games. Gus has not lost his touch and his line will be a game breaker come playoff time. How if nobody there is scoring? By attracting enough attention to the point of the team shuffling their lines before every game to match up. This creates chemistry problems. In a game where every inch on the ice matters, this is very significant.
In short, Gus is not scoring because he was given a different role and is matched to play against scoring lines.
Watch Legwand step on the ice for the first time in a wings jersey and his groin explodes. One of the debris hits Kron in the face and he falls on jimmy breaking his leg. Jarnkrok goes to nashville and scores all the gwgs for them including all 16 in the postseason.