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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thoughts on Game 25 (6-5 win over Vancouver)

-- Coach Mike Babcock is obviously fed up with his team's goaltending and he should be. Three straight games giving up a goal on the first shot against ... that alone would be bad. But tonight, the fat rebounds, the lack of hugging the post, the soft outside goals. The goaltending is so bad that it makes you forget about how soft the team defense was. If either Conklin or Osgood gets hot, Babcock will ride them.

-- The Wings couldn't hit the mark tonight. They had 26 missed shots as a team.

-- Johan Franzen and Willie Mitchell are sitting on a boiling feud. Mitchell had a late hit on Franzen two seasons ago that sidelined Franzen with a knee injury. These two are going at it every chance they get, every game. Love it.

-- Andreas Lilja had a great pass that Jiri Hudler made a great play on to get a breakaway on Detroit's second goal. The odd thing about Lilja's play was that he was whacked across the face first, splitting open his lip and breaking a tooth. Lilja is one of the very few NHLers who has never worn a mouth guard. No visor either and with an extreme amount of luck, Lilja had never chipped a tooth ... until tonight. Anyways, as he yelled at the ref, Lilja found a loose puck at his feet, which he fired over two lines to Hudler for a go-ahead goal.

-- What a great goal by Derek Meech. He looked like a second-line forward on that play. Wraparounds don't lead to many goals in the NHL. On Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg is the only player who consistently is dangerous on the wrap. It was Meech's first NHL goal. Just as impressive as the play itself was what led up to it. Meech had sat the previous 10 minutes of playing time, which was sandwiched around the second intermission. He was nearly 45 minutes of real time between shifts.

-- Henrik Zetterberg created two more power plays by drawing penalties. He has created 19 power plays in the past 18 games, which is a remarkable rate.


Anonymous Justin said...

Hmm...that part about Lilja getting high-sticked makes me wonder. We know that on a delayed penalty, if the non-penalized team scores on the penalized team (after the O'Byrne incident I have to clarify that) then the penalty is wiped out. But what if there were two? Say the ref catches the high-stick and Vancouver has a delayed penalty coming. Lilja makes the pass then Hudler gets hooked on the breakaway, resulting in TWO delayed penalties against Vancouver. Hudler then scores on the breakaway. Do both penalties get nullified? Or just one and then Detroit still gets a powerplay?

I don't think I've seen that happen before. Anyone know what would happen?

December 5, 2008 at 2:15 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I believe that Detroit would have one goal and one power play upcoming. In other words, one of the two penalties would be wiped out by the goal.

December 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM 

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