I was at this game, this man was shovelling the ice right before the 3rd period however the ref didn't notice him and dropped the puck. Detroit won the draw so rather than continue and risk a too many men penalty, they substituted one of their forwards and let him join the play. I heard this morning that they signed him to a 1yr 900k deal, he'll most likely be with the Grand Rapid Griffins for about 12 years though before getting called up again.
"Back home, we fight bear with shovel. So I come to Detroit with already shovel experience. They tell me score with shovel, so I score with shovel, and now I am score with stick in NHL." - Pavel Datsyuk
If my math is correct Buffalo has 38 points on the season with 24 Games left. If they win out that will give them 86 points. We have 74 Points.... so our magic number for last place is 6.5 with 26 games remaining....
I'm really starting to think that Bertuzzi may have it in him to become more than a 4th line grinder. Chances are, he'll never become a top 6 forward at the NHL level, but a really good bottom 6 guy is very likely.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to watch many of his games this season, I'm pretty sure I only caught one at the beginning of the season... I watched about a dozen last year and I really liked what I seen, and by the sounds of things and the highlights that I've caught, he is becoming that much more of a dynamic player in the past 6 months. I'm definitely going to make a point to watch a Guelph game or two over the next couple weeks to see how much he has grown.
He is currently ranked 7th in the league with 84 points (40 goals, 44 assists) and 1st on his team, 27 points ahead of the teams second highest point producer...
I am going to see him play next month in Kitchener. I saw him in his first season with Guelph, it will be interesting to see how his game has changed.
A little late getting to this.... ******Disclaimer: I have not read anything from this thread*****
I made my annual trip to Detroit to watch this game. This year my father joined me. First time since my first trip to Detroit 13 years ago. This means a lot to me because he coached me all through my playing career.
Sorry about the potato quality picture.
Started off with a Deep dish at pizzapapalis (its my pre-game ritual) then headed down to the Joe.
Good seats in the 200 level where Detroit Shot twice. Met a lovely couple's first game and on they're honeymoon. They were big time Grand Rapids Griffins fans.
Now to the game, this is what stood out:
I am sure anyone who watched this game knows Jimmy was just not good. Bad angles and very, very rusty. Good to see him bounce back against Montreal. Weiss looked bad, uninterested and just not present. I don't know if it is his minutes or not happy to be on the 4th line.
Jurco is trying hard to get out of a slump, but all his gambles made him look bad. Trying to be too fancy. Then he would make up for it the next shift. My name for him was Dr. Jurko and Mr. Hyde.
Tatar was not bad but not good. Did not really notice him.
Now for the good:
Z was controlling the play when he was on the ice and Abby was tough. He took a beating in front but stood his ground. Kronwall and Big E was our best defensemen (besides the OT breakaway)
Helm was flying, he looks like he does not want to lose his spot with Datsyuk. He all out hustle, creating time and space for Tatar and Datsyuk. However the best player by far was number 13, my father was in awe with the stuff he did on the ice. I think he summed it up the best "I now know why you drive 3 hours once a year to watch a hockey game. That man is worth the price of admission."
Favorite moment was how the roof blew off the Joe when Datsyuk tied the game.
I will now go back read what everyone else thought.