Thoughts on Game 27 (4-3 ot win over Calgary)
-- Three delay of game penalties to Calgary for shooting the puck over the glass. Don't know if I've ever seen that.
-- Wow did Brian Rafalski look bad early when he jumped out on Curtis Glencross, but just allowed the Flame to skate around him and get a prime scoring chance.
-- By his own high standards, Nicklas Lidstrom's game is off. He's getting pinned more in the defensive zone and turning the puck over more down low. Again, these are by Superman's standards. He's still one guy you want on the ice when it matters. He's just not automatic this season.
-- Pavel Datsyuk has been off his game as well, but he did spring to life late in this one. He had a Datsyuk-like pass to Johan Franzen at the net front late that just missed turning into the winning goal. Beautiful pass across the grain that few players could make. Then -- and this is what I love about Datsyuk -- in overtime he reads that Franzen is on the wing feeding Lidstrom the puck, so he heads to the net-front with perfect timing. It looked like Adrian Aucoin was pushing Datsyuk into an even better screen position and the crowd in front led to the winning goal. Earlier in the game, Datsyuk beat everyone back to negate a possible Calgary 2-on-1, using impressive speed. The unique one-on-one moves haven't been as plentiful this year, but you have to love a superstar who plays the entire ice well.