Thoughts on Game 3 WCF (5-2 win in Dallas)
-- Chris Osgood is playing like a championship goalie.
-- The Stars lost this game with bad defense and lack of hustle. Letting Jiri Hudler get behind them was a killer. Then on the next goal -- Zetterberg's shortie -- both Stephane Robidas and Mike Ribeiro stopped skating even though Hank was bearing down 1-on-1 on Brad Richards. Unforgivable. Had either Star backchecked, Zetterberg wouldn't have had the middle of the ice as an option.
-- Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg vs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Forgive me. I just like the sound of that. I'm not talking about the Stanley Cup final, of course. I'd never jinx the Wings like that.
-- The Wings do miss Johan Franzen a lot. Tonight, Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk carried the offensive load. In Game 2, the Wings squeaked by with a two-goal outing. Scoring from the line of Filppula-Samuelsson-Cleary is imperative. They have to start clicking. Cleary was bumped up to keep that line going, but it's not. The Draper-Maltby-Drake line isn't going to score. And the Helm-Hudler-McCarty line has only a slightly better chance of scoring. In order to keep this from being a one-line team, the Filppula line has to start scoring with or without Franzen.
-- Niklas Kronwall is a remarkable passing defenseman.