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Another great game played by your undefeated Detroit Red Wings, taking the W over the Vancouver Canucks . Jimmy Howard was a rockstar, which as we know can be the make or break factor in a game. Not even the Sedins or hungry hungry Burrows could get one past Jimmy tonight. He made 25 saves in his 6th career shutout. Abs was strong and confident throughout the game– 5 min major for fighting Lapierre in the first, goal in the second. I’m assuming his thought process was something along the lines of “Schneider’s my bitch.” Would have liked to have seen him get a Gordie Howe hat trick, but no complaints over here. If Abs can keep playing like he has been recently we can expect a rowdy season.
Valtteri Filppula finally gave us a little taste of what he’s got, and I think this was only a preview of what we can expect from him during the season. He put one in just a few minutes after Abdelkader, giving the Wings a two point lead. He made some nasty (the good nasty) moves on the ice, showing us that he can not only steal your girlfriend, but the puck too.
There was a little bit of a scare at the end of the 2nd period when Cody Hodgson got one past Howard right as the buzzer went off. It was reviewed and ruled no goal.
The Detroit Red Wings three stars of the night were Fil, Abs, and Howard, but what really stood out to me was Jonathan Ericsson NOT sucking. He played 16:44, had two shots on goal–legit ones–and actually pushed and shoved a little bit. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but maybe little Jonny will finally give us what we’ve been waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for.
Lastly, it always catches me off guard when Datsyuk does something even semi-rough like making a big hit. I know he’s a hockey player, but for some reason it shocks me every single time. One of these shocking moments came at the beginning of the 2nd when he sent Kevin Bieksa flying into the boards. What a man.
Mickey Redmond quote of the night (credit to z led): “Are we playing hockey or are we playing tiddly-wink here?”
Next Game: Saturday 8:00pm at Minnesota
**Make sure to watch Wingspan: The Winged Wheel tomorrow night at 6:30 on Fox Sports Detroit — that shit looks bomb.
Posted on October 13, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Justin Abdelkader, Mickey Redmond, Pavel Datsyuk, Sedin, shutout, Valtteri Filppula, Vancouver Canucks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.