Thoughts on Game 3 in Nashville
-- I'm sure that Dominik Hasek will take a lot of heat for the two goals allowed late in the game. But don't forget the bad line change on Arnott's goal right after a faceoff. That's overcoaching on a team that prides itself on having defensive depth throughout. And don't forget the screen put up by Brad Stuart on Ryan Suter's tying goal. Hasek didn't see that shot.
-- David Legwand played very well, especially for someone who was rushed into service. Hats off to him.
-- Jiri Hudler is producing. Johan Franzen is not.
-- Detroit defensemen are getting caught stepping up on people way too often. Andreas Lilja and Stuart were guilty last night.
-- Cute little move by Mike Babcock off the opening faceoff, putting Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom together for the opening faceoff, then morphing right into a Datsyuk-Filppula-Holmstrom line. The giveaway was that he had Homer line up at left wing and Zetterberg on the right side -- opposite their usual spots -- because the right side was close to the bench to get Filppula over the boards without leaving half the ice open.
-- Detroit had Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski out with the fourth line a lot because Nashville was matching the Arnott-Dumont-Hlavac line against the Hartigan-McCarty-Drake unit.
-- Interesting that Nashville wanted the same matchup that Detroit would on second lines, putting the Bonk-Radulov-Erat unit against the Zetterberg-Samuelsson-Franzen line. The Predators switched line combinations in the third period in part because that matchup didn't go their way.
-- Niklas Kronwall's huge hit on Radek Bonk indirectly led to Detroit's second goal. It was in the flurry after the hit that Alexander Radulov slashed Henrik Zetterberg. Players were out of position for Nashville as they reacted to the hit. It was on that power play that Hudler scored.