Friday, April 14, 2006

Wings 7, Blackhawks 3

From some passive watching of the game tonight, looking up at the tv when Ken and Mick got excited, here are some brief notes. The Wings dominated Chicago tonight. Shanahan got his 17th career hat trick, bringing his goal total to 39 this season, and the Wings got their NHL record 11th straight road win. Zetterberg added two goals, to make for 38 goals on the season. Lidstrom had a goal and three assists. Holmstrom tallied the other goal. The Wings led in shots 40-31. Khabibulin allowed 5 goals on 17 shots, and was pulled in the second. The Wings dressed only 16 skaters tonight. Datsyuk, Yzerman, Schneider, and Williams all sat out. Manny was in net. The Chicago crowd wasn't very into the game, and didn't even bother booing Chelios. Also, Don MacLean added an assist on one of Shanahan's goals, his second point in as many games. He centered it out in front, and Shanny picked up the loose puck for the goal. There were many scary moments. Draper took a puck to the foot and went to the locker room before returning later in the game. Chelios also took a beating. Dan Cleary was caught with his head down and elbowed in the head by Tuomo Ruutu, who was given a game misconduct for "kneeing" on the play. Cleary caught a bit of a knee, but what really got him was the elbow to his nose/forehead. He was very slow to get up, and appeared dizzy on the bench. Thankfully, he returned after missing a few shifts. Not such great luck for Jason Woolley, who left during the second with an undisclosed injury. Kronwall had a physical game, and the game got really chippy near the end with some roughing calls and scrums after the whistle. Playoff Update: Since Vancouver lost tonight and is out of the playoff run, the Wings will play either Edmonton or Colorado. Edmonton has one game left, against Colorado at home on Monday, and 93 points. Colorado has two games left, both on the road, and 94 points. Edmonton must beat Colorado and hope the Avs lose their game in Vancouver in regulation, as Colorado would win the tie-breaker in the standings with more wins than Edmonton.


At 4/14/2006 02:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian...thanks for the rock!

By the way it was Legace in net.

At 4/14/2006 10:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruutu needs to be stopped! He also finished off Jagr brutally in the Olympics.

At 4/14/2006 11:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was jaarko ruutu that hit jagr in the olympics. he plays for vancouver. this is his equally vicious younger brother.

At 4/14/2006 05:39:00 PM, Anonymous laura said...

Let's see...70 degree weather, check. Octopus on the ice, check. 18-man bench, check. Yep, definitely playoff time.

At 4/15/2006 02:35:00 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

So if Colorado wins tonight in Vancouver, we're locked in to play the Oilers, correct?

I see that we're 2-2 against EDM this year with both losses coming back in November.

Any reason we should be scared of these guys?

At 4/15/2006 02:43:00 PM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

The Avs only have to make it to overtime in order to avoid playing the Wings. All they need is a single point.

Based on their recent performances, Edmonton doesn't look like anything to worry about. But compare that 2-2 record with the Wings' 4-0 record against the Avs this year and remember that in three of those games against the Oilers, they went into extra time.

I don't relish the thought of the Wings facing Edmonton, however badly the Oilers have been playing lately. A West Coast series is not a fun way to begin the playoffs regardless and against Edmonton (who the Wings have never beaten in the playoffs, by the way), it could be even worse.

On the other hand, you have the Avs, who the Wings have owned this year but I think there is too much history between the two teams for a playoff series to be easy.

I can't say which I'd rather see. Every time I do, I get what I wished for and then end up regretting it as the Wings falter while facing a supposely inferior team.

I guess I'm cheering for the Canucks tonight so that Monday's Edmonton/Colorado game becomes the deciding factor.

At 4/15/2006 08:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Roloson for EDM either, he's not a Giguere or Kiprusoff (I probably slaughtered their last names, but you know who I'm talking about)...but he will be a factor in the playoffs.

He wasn't great at the beginning with the Oilers, but recently he's been doing well. He's only allowed 9 goals in his last 5 games with a 2-3 record (one loss in overtime).

So obviously the Oilers have some good goaltending, they'll just need to bring some offense to the game. With the numbers Roloson has been putting up, you can easily see that the other teams are simply shutting down the goals. The Wings will just have to put their past playoff experiences behind them play like they've been playing.

The Wings are looking good this year, hopefully we'll see a repeat of their last Stanley Cup. I have them beating the Hurricanes in five games, winning the Cup game 4 to 1.

-firebird995 (I don't have a blog, but I do read this site a lot and leave posts...I'm not going to lie, it's a really good site and I enjoy seeing other perspectives of the game.)


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