Thursday, January 15, 2004

Game notes, links, and lines

The major thing I noticed last night was that the Wings would dominate completely for long stretches of time until suddenly, the 'Hawks would come out of nowhere and, for a couple minutes, own the ice. The 'Hawks never quit last night and I give them credit for that. They've had a terrible season and it's good to see that they won't just roll over for the Wings. It's sad to see a once-proud team struggling like that, though it's much to the Wings' benefit. Brett Hull needs to score a goal. I don't care how he does it, empty net or what, but he has to score. That last little flurry last night when the Wings were on a 5-on-5 power play with an empty net was really sad. Sure, the 'Hawks did a good job of defending themselves there but there's really no excuse for not scoring in that situation. Brett needs to get over that crap about not scoring empty net goals because he needs to break out of this slump somehow. I appreciate all his assists and strong defensive plays but he is on the team to score goals. If it requires "stooping" down to an empty net goal, so be it. Get over it, Brett. That "Datsyukian Deke" was pretty awesome last night. It's just too bad he couldn't finish it. Everyone in the Joe was out of their seats for that one. The way Niklas Kronwall has been playing, you'd think he's scored 100 NHL goals as an NHL veteran. He's been amazing this year and has caused me to completely forget Dmitri Bykov (anyone remember him???), much the same way Kris Draper has caused me to forget Sergei Fedorov.... Brian | News | Freep | ESPN | Box Score Here are the lines from last night, courtesy of GWB (with one minor addition of my own): Maltby-Draper-Yzerman Devereaux-Williams-Dandenault Shanahan-Datsyuk-Whitney Holmstrom-Zetterberg-Hull Williams-Datsyuk-Devereaux Lidstrom-Woolley Fischer-Chelios Rivers-Kronwall 4 on 4- Zetterberg-Datsyuk Fischer-Kronwall PP- Shanahan-Yzerman-Holmstrom Whitney-Datsyuk-Hull Holmstrom-Yzerman-Hull Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hull Lidstrom-Woolley Zetterberg-Lidstrom Woolley-Chelios Kronwall-Chelios PK- Zetterberg-Datsyuk Draper-Maltby Fischer-Chelios Lidstrom-Chelios Net- Manny Legace


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