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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thoughts on Game 6 (4-3 win at St. Louis)

-- The Blues often chose to put the Patrik Berglund line on the ice against the Pavel Datsyuk line early in this game. With Berglund being a rookie, David Perron a second-year player and Paul Kariya a defensive liability, you wouldn't think that would be a prime matchup for Coach Andy Murray. But the threesome did quite well against Datsyuk, Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom. Murray changed his forward lines in the second period and the matchup ended, but it worked for a short while.

-- St. Louis goes with five forwards on its first power play, using Kariya and Lee Stempniak on the points. I'm not sure when the last time that a team did that for any length of time. It is unusual, but it's working for the Blues. Does anyone else remember Scotty Bowman in the late 70s using two defensemen at the net on the power play and two forwards on the points?

-- OK. The most controversial thing I've said in the past year was that Ty Conklin overplayed his angles in his first game as a Red Wing. As far as controversy goes, I'm pretty weak. Now I'm in a spot where it's difficult to say that Conklin played great in his second game -- which he did -- because I don't want to seem as though I'm caving to pressure. So I won't say how impressive Conklin was, how spot-on he was with his angles, how quick he looked. But maybe I can say that Conklin could have been a few inches further out challenging Brad Boyes on his goal. There. Dancing with controversy once more.

-- Tomas Holmstrom is playing as well as he ever has. Such a difference from last year's goals-being-waved-off start. Is Homer playing ever so slightly further out from the crease than before?

-- Pavel Datsyuk has to be the best player in hockey right now.


Anonymous Will said...

What did you think of Kronwall? As a follow up to whatever answer you have, what is going on with him?

October 23, 2008 at 1:17 AM 
Anonymous Will said...

Actually, what is going on with the defense in general? Is Mccrimmon doing something different with them or what?

October 23, 2008 at 1:20 AM 
Blogger HockeyTownTodd said...

Does this mean you are finally being sent on the road trips?

October 23, 2008 at 1:24 AM 
Blogger Tyler said...

Excellent take as usual Bruce; it's as if I didn't actually miss anything from the game due to work. Interesting stuff on Conk, too.

October 23, 2008 at 1:49 AM 
Anonymous Alex said...

as someone who doesn't get to watch all the games, i love your "thoughts" posts. they are great and i think you add some insight to those of us who cannot watch the players during practice, during games, or off the ice. keep 'em coming, Bruce!

October 23, 2008 at 1:59 AM 
Anonymous Osrt said...

Solid points as always Bruce, but it did seem like Conklin was playing the pass on the Boyes goal; it was a great shot though.

--> linked here from Hockeytowntodd

October 23, 2008 at 3:10 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pens used 5 forwards on the power play back in the day. I believe it was straka, jagr, lang, kovalev, and hrdina.

October 23, 2008 at 7:39 AM 
Blogger John said...

Not only that, but he is doing commercials for Rahmani? Eye Center.

I was really disappointed to see that, only because I had the sound muted while my wife was watching Heroes on the laptop next to me.

I have never heard him speak before and that would have been great.

October 23, 2008 at 8:19 AM 
Anonymous lilja4mvp said...

bruce, good eye on homer being a few feet out. i read an article where he said that he was looking to be 1-2 ft farther out to try to avoid getting as many interference calls.

seems to be working so far...

October 23, 2008 at 8:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looked like Conklin and the defender (Kronwall?) weren't on the same page as to who was taking who on the second goal. Conklin played really well, beter, at the moment, than Osgood.

October 23, 2008 at 10:31 AM 
Anonymous TeamDub said...

"-- Pavel Datsyuk has to be the best player in hockey right now."

A hearty AMEN to that - he's playing like he needs Selke bookends...

October 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM 
Anonymous Dave said...

Homer's been fantastic. I like the replays that show how he'll take a quick shot at the dman covering him, move into position and then tip the shot on net all very quickly. He also played a key role in Lidstrom's PP goal.

October 23, 2008 at 1:10 PM 
Blogger Bob said...

There. Dancing with controversy once more.

Yeah...cuz you like to live on the edge!!! :-)

October 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM 
Anonymous TJ said...

I agree with you on the Boyes goal. It was a nice shot, but Conklin looked like he was cheating a little anticipating a pass.

Can the Wings ever just score any early EN goal and end the game?

October 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM 

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