DETROIT RED WINGS 4 - 2 SAN JOSE SHARKS
First, the sad: According to the entire Internet, Kronwall "tweaked" his leg and is doubtful for the Anaheim game. This will force Big E back into the lineup and also give Derek Meech another opportunity to improve his Norris candidacy.
Kronner is one of my favorite Red Wings of all time, but I swear, the man needs to be permanently encased in bubble wrap. And eat the head off a baby alligator or whatever the kids are doing nowadays to ward off bad voodoo.
Now let's dig into what was the biggest win of the season to date:
- I'll start with the Wings' 4th goal, because chronological order is overrated (not just overrated, but a complete bust. Coming out of college it was highly touted and ended up being the #3 selection in the 1998 Literary Tools & Concepts Blogger Draft, but failed to live up to expectations and doomed Bleacher Report for the next decade. They tried to make up for it in following years, but high risk/high reward draft picks such as Plagiarism failed to develop). This might be my favorite goal of the year, although I am extremely prone to overreaction and bad judgment before I sleep on an idea. Or when I'm loaded with Nyquil, which makes up 85% of my day. Anywho: Darren Helm pulls off a perfect stick lift and steal, and immediately puts the Wings in business down in the San Jose zone. The puck comes to Rafalski, who makes an absolutely ludicrous pass to Patrick Eaves who was so alone on the doorstep that he could've scored twice. Beautiful hockey all around.
- Then, this was kind of weird. The Wings had a two goal lead with like a half period to go, and they didn't lose. They didn't even give up that 3rd goal late in the game just to make you poop your pants a little bit. They completely shut it down.
- Patrick Marleau looks like the personification of social awkwardness. Actually, not just in social settings. That narrows it down too much. You have to leave the door open for awkward pauses when he's talking to himself, or even when he's writing something on a sticky note.
..... is that note long enough? What if I get confused later? What kind of milk should I get? Oh geez, I knew this would happen. The 2% is still fatty but the skim is practically water ......
....... uh ..........
(crumples note; cries)
- Homer was awesome in his return from injury. He finished with two assists and was robbed of a couple of goals, but most importantly looked like hadn't missed any time. They gave him the #1 star for his efforts, which in turn he wanted to give to Jonathan Ericsson as a "get well" present because Homer heard that he had a scratch.
- Incredible job in the corners by Fil, digging a puck out and taking it to the net on the Dan Cleary goal. This turned the game around when we really didn't see any hope after the first 10 minutes. It felt great to taste the nectar of momentum again ... thank you, San Jose Sharks.
- We match up well with the Sharks, apparently. The Wings won 4-2, even after spotting them two goals early on, and even with them on a 17-2-2 run, and hardly giving up any goals, and sporting the League's best penalty kill while the Wings still have a bottom-third road power play, and with the NHL's goal leader and a hot goalie, and hell I'll even throw in the top faceoff percentage, and they still can't beat the Wings. Lord please let us get San Jose in April. I don't ask for many things.
TOP THREE WINGS
#3 ~ Brian Rafalski .... for that pass, his work in the final minute of the game, and his 30:01 of ice time.
#2 ~ Henrik Zetterberg .... He's about to go (or already is) on one of his classic Hank runs where he strings together like four weeks of blinding brilliance and we don't give it it's full due until three and a half weeks have passed.
#1 ~ Tomas Holmstrom