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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thoughts on Game 62 (4-0 win in Colorado)

-- Ian Laperriere's hit on Nicklas Lidstrom was a bad one because he lifted up with his forearm/elbow. The check would have been good if he hadn't had the blow to the head.
Here are a few comments on the check from the Red Wings ...
"Looked like a forearm to me," said Aaron Downey. "Looked like it was scripted out of the WWE. We can't be running the superstars in our league. If you want to have a good clean hit, have a good clean hit. When the elbows are up when you hit a five-time Norris Trophy winner, arguably one of the best defensemen to ever play the game, it's a joke."
"I think it was an obvious elbow to the head," said Henrik Zetterberg. "It was a lack of respect by him."
"He's going to be fine," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "I don't know if he's going to be out a week or 10 days or what. He's got something mild in the inside of his knee. I don't know what the technical term is, but it just means that he's not playing right away."
-- With the team's top three defensemen out, ice time totals were very unusual for the Red Wings. Derek Meech led the team and Brett Lebda was second.
-- Chris Osgood looks like he's back. After being pulled from his previous two starts, Osgood played a very sound positional game.
-- Tell me that Aaron Downey isn't a good fit for this team.


Blogger erik said...

As much as I would love to see McCarty back in a Red Wings uniform, I'd hate to see Downey get replaced. From all the interviews and everything, he seems like a class act.

Do you think that hit might stir up some of the old bad blood between these two?

February 19, 2008 at 2:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Roose of reported:

DETROIT – Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will have his injured right knee re-examined on Wednesday morning before meeting with team physicians to discuss any prognosis.

“The knee feels sore and a little bit swollen,” Lidstrom told “I’ll have an MRI in the morning.”

Lidstrom’s injury occurred in the first period of Monday’s game at Colorado’s Pepsi Center. He was sent into the boards as a result of a monstrous check from the Avs’ Ian Laperriere at about the six-minute mark of the period.

“I have a pretty good mark on my chin where he hit me,” said Lidstrom, a five-time Norris Trophy winner. “Whether he tried to or not, I don’t know, but he followed through and finished with his elbow up on my chin and that’s when my head went back into the glass.”

Lidstrom appeared to be woozy as he was helped from the ice by trainer Piet Van Zant and teammate Henrik Zetterberg.

“I don’t have a headache or anything,” Lidstrom said.

And the league's supposed to be cracking down on head shots?

February 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM 
Anonymous Rob said...

I only saw a few replays at the time of the incident, but it looks a lot to me like Laperriere's glove comes up - perhaps with the butt of the stick - at the end of the hit. It's hard to tell from the one angle VS. had, but the elbow looks like it missed.

Any word on how much of Lidstrom's immediate response to the hit was the knee and how much was the head collision? I think most of us are hoping he doesn't end up with concussion symptoms.

February 19, 2008 at 5:20 PM 

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