Howard looked good. Decent rebound control tonight and he is moving to get to the puck rather than hoping it hits him like previous games. I think he knows he is in for a s***show tonight and is mentally playing with a chip on his shoulder - i would.
They should be trading top picks (if they can't get the type of player they need) for either more picks or the types of players they need. Yakupov was such a dumb pick I can't even describe. If they traded that pick for a solid dman in their prime they would have made out much better. Or if they traded that pick for multiple firsts etc. they could have picked more depth at spots they are weak and had a better chance that some would pan out for them. They also take their players and insert them into the nhl right away which is a huge mistake - that is how one dimensional players are born because they just develop one facet of their game that they are already good at to try to become effective on one level rather than developing everything.
God the NHL reallllllly seems like they don't want the wings to keep the streak alive. How many consecutive games have we had this s*** go on with the reffing? Each night its different refs and they all screw us.
Smith will continue to grow. He is playing much better lately and still has his moments - but he is young and dmen don't hit their prime until later. Did a great job tonight saving me from pulling my hair out. If that went in everyone would be cursing howard again and the leafs could have tied it after.