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Friday, January 30, 2009

Thoughts on Game 48 (4-2 loss to Dallas)

-- You'd better believe that Marty Turco was aware of his winless string at Joe Louis Arena. Before this game, he had 12 career starts at the Joe and was 0-8-2. So after he finally won in Detroit, Turco said after the game, "I told all the boys after, "Thanks. It's been a long time.'" Despite the win, Turco didn't play great in my opinion. This matchup has always been good for the Wings. I don't know if there has been a playoff opponent over the past 10 years that I have more confidence against than Dallas.

-- This was the fist time this season that the Wings trailed 4-0 in a game.

-- I thought the most impressive thing that the Stars did was shut the game down in the third period. Seven total shots on goal, four by Detroit and three by Dallas. Teams shouldn't be able to do that to the Wings.

-- Did you know that this was Marian Hossa's first power-play goal at home? I didn't until I was told. Not a flaw in the big Slovak's game, just a statistical oddity.

-- Turco passed Cesar Maniago as the Stars' career leader in goaltender minutes played during the second period of this game. If you have to go back to a player that I watched as a kid like Maniago, you know you're going way back.

-- Jiri Hudler took a Chris Chelios slap shot on the ankle halfway through the third period. Hudler didn't miss a shift and hopefully he'll have no lingering effects. Insert your own joke here about the power of Chelios' shot.

-- I like how Tomas Kopecky played. Nice screen on the Andreas Lilja goal. I think Babcock rewarded him with ice time. Kopecky had five third-period shifts. His linemates, Kirk Maltby and Aaron Downey, had one shift apiece in the third.

-- That was a bad, bad call on the Nicklas Lidstrom goal by referee Dan O'Halloran. Not only had Tomas Holmstrom been tripped by Turco, he was then pushed back into the goalie by defenseman Trevor Daley. And it looked as though this all happened after the puck went past. Turco's flop at the end sealed it for me that it should have been a goal.

-- The Wings had their third line and third defense pairing on the ice often against Mike Modano's line. This is the end of the line in Modano's career.

-- Valtteri Filppula needs to bury three goals in a week. No wait. The Wings need Filppula to bury three goals in a week.

-- When will Niklas Kronwall snap out of it? He was a plus-1, but he gave the puck away and he's not hitting. Hopefully he'll be the same playoff performer that he was a year ago -- brilliant.


Blogger Heaton said...

Hossa only has 13 ppg's in his last 118 games. That's extremely weird.

January 30, 2009 at 1:16 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that Lidstrom goal was a great shot and excellent screen by Homer, sadly followed by a terrible call. thats the 3rd time O'Halloran has thrown away a wings game, 2nd with Turco in net (remember Game 4 last year? - we would of swept)
can't they review the goal? they did on the first one?
We did play prty bad though. i rarley saw us win a battle on the boards and Kronwall is getting frustrating. i hope he steps it up.
PK was horrible.
im sure Babcock will get it back together though, we rebounded from the same sorta slump last year, better have it now than in March/April

January 30, 2009 at 1:31 AM 
Blogger Alex said...

Sucks that Homer is a marked man.
With so many refs out there why can't they do a consistent job?

January 30, 2009 at 3:45 AM 
Blogger Flaco said...

If 2 assists in Detroit is the "end of the line" for Modano...well I guess that's not all that bad.

January 30, 2009 at 10:49 AM 
Anonymous Jeff said...

Bruce: Fil needs to just shoot the darn puck more period. Goals would be ideal, but he should really shoot more.

January 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM 
Blogger Nick said...

Couldn't agree more about Kronwall. Lilja is outplaying him easily.

January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hoping that Filppula is having a year like what Hudler had last year and that he'll break out of it soon. Since his promising start he hasn't stepped up.

February 2, 2009 at 9:22 AM 

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