Thoughts on Game 3 first round
In Games 1 and 2, Nash spent 72 percent of his ice time with Lidstrom on the ice. Zetterberg was at 70 percent and Franzen at 64 percent.
So after two poor game's by Nash's standards, what happens in Game 3? Lidstrom is on the ice for 78 percent of Nash's ice time, Zetterberg for 74 percent and Franzen for 70 percent. It got worse for Nash.
In Game 4, Hitchcock has to figure a way to get Nash in a better circumstance to succeed.
-- Brad Stuart played a remarkable game. Obviously the hit on Umberger was major, but little things like jumping behind Osgood late in the third period to remove a puck that was three inches for going over the line showed how alert Stuart was and how proactive he can be.
-- Speaking of the hit on Umberger, that was a wonderful clean check by Stuart. The funny thing was that Umberger did see Stuart coming, but he didn't avoid him. In fact, Umberger went low, causing his head to be part of the hip check. Good for Umberger to return to score the Jackets' goal.
-- Jan Hejda being hurt is a major blow to the Jackets. Commodore draws more attention, but Hejda is their best defensive defenseman.
-- I could watch any player go over the boards -- as Commodore did when he missed checking Cleary -- over and over. Cracks me up ever time. Cleary going into the bench in the Winter Classic was funny. Three years ago, Robin Big Snake missed a check at the Wings' prospects camp in Traverse City and went head-first into the bench. Very funny. Besides, I've always wanted to say Big Snake in one of these posts.
-- The Red Wings' Perfect Storm line -- Datsyuk, Hossa and Holmstrom -- have played very well, but they're going to dominate some post-season games soon.
-- Chris Osgood has played just as well, if not better, than he did last spring. If Ozzie wins his fourth Stanley Cup -- sorry for the jinx Ozzie -- hopefully the international perception that he was a good goalie on a great franchise will disappear. He's a great goalie at the tail end of a great career. It's wrong that he's held up as the Trent Dilfer of hockey.