From the puck drop the Wings were a better team. The Wings were more aggressive all over the ice, their sticks were in the passing lanes, they won more face offs, and they didn’t back down. And for the first time in the series, the officials called real penalties.
Abdelkader gets called for roughing in the first, but the Sharks were sloppy on the PP and were unable to convert. The Wings kept pressure on the Sharks for the full 2 minutes and intercepted several passes which would have connected in San Jose.
Zetterberg’s goal was waved off for a distinct kicking motion which replay showed that it was. I was not happy the goal was called back (momentum killer), but after several minutes of review and a call to Toronto they had enough video evidence to overturn the call on the ice. Face it guys, it was a bad goal and allowing it would have been hypocritical considering all the bitching we’ve done for calls against us.
Wings kept the momentum going and Homer’s goal stood under review. Thank Clowe for clipping Huskins for this one. Setuguchi scores with less than 2 seconds to go in the first to split the deficit in half.
Bertuzzi gets called at center ice for hooking in the second. Another blatant penalty that had to be called. Ericsson gets called for holding after hugging a guy, and Helm gets hit up high off a shot from the point and leaves the ice.
The Wings had something that has eluded them this series…a quality short handed scoring chance by Helm. The Wings have been so busy scrambling in their own zone they haven’t had a chance to attack, but the sustained pressure and active sticks turned the tables last night.
Thorton and Couture score in the third to tie it up at 3. Homer gets called for pushing Boyle, not once, but twice over Nabokov. Another penalty that was a must call, but with only 3 minutes left to go in a tied game you have to wonder how pissed Babcock was at Homer.
We head to overtime. The Sharks made a bad change which gave the Wings the advantage in the offensive zone, but a few quick passes turned the tables and the Sharks had a 2-on-1 going the other way. Howard came way out and the man back watched as Thorton made a tape-to-tape pass to Marleau for the game winner.
Despite having the advantages at home…the fans, the last change, opponent has to put their stick down first for face offs, etc. The one thing that hasn’t been talked about was the active boards at The Joe. Lidstrom banked the puck off the boards and hit Nabokov several times and could be considered a 6th man.
I’m not happy with the loss, but I’m not blaming the refs. The calls against the Wings and Sharks were good calls. Yes, there were 7 Sharks on the ice at the time of the game winning goal, but in all honesty those 2 extra players were not in the play and the puck was nowhere near them. It should have been called, but it’s not why we lost.
There is a reason you see Ferrari’s going 55 in a 60 mph zone…they know if they go 1 mph over they’ll get pulled over and ticketed because they are cop magnets. When are Homer and Bertuzzi going to figure out the refs are watching them likes hawks and hooking a guy at center ice or shoving a player over the goaltender is going to get called? These penalties didn’t result in goals, but it made the Wings kill off 4 minutes in a crucial game.
I’m tired of watching odd man rushes where the man back tries to block the shot and block the pass…it rarely works. The man back should take out the pass and let the goalie defend the shot. This is Hockey 101 and I get pissed every time we give up a goal like that.