The Wings didn’t take any chances last night by scoring 5 goals in the first period. You could tell McLellan was throwing in the towel when he substituted Greiss for Nabokov at the start of the second. Last night was all Detroit with Franzen scoring 4; Bertuzzi, Filppula, and Rafalski each scoring 1, and Heatley scoring the lone Shark goal. Heatley’s goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage, essentially a gimme in these playoffs. Howard faced 29 shots and had a save percentage of 0.965.
We saw another “too many men” penalty on the Wings on a sloppy line change in the first. There have been a total of 28 “too many men” penalties in the playoffs this year (29 if you count the missed call in OT of game 3) and we aren’t even through the second round.
This just went downhill from the start for the Sharks. It was really a beautiful thing to watch! As if a Franzen hat trick wasn’t bad enough, the Sharks put the puck into their own net with 1:10 left in the first. Boyle tried passing it out front and it bounced off of Murray’s skate and between Nabokov’s legs, Filppula was credited with the goal. This was pure justice because moments before Murray tried hitting Datsyuk behind the net coming from Pav’s blind side.
Early in the third “Jumbo Joe” showed how much character he really had after decking Holmstrom after the whistle with an elbow knocking him to the ice. A scuffle ensued, and Thornton was given a game misconduct.
It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.
- Harry Sheehy
The cheap shots didn’t stop there. Later in the third Huskins pushes Holmstrom over Greiss and then (with the help of Demers) tried to teach Homer a lesson by punching him in the head. I think the only lesson Homer learned was how to get under the skin of the Sharks.
The puck Boyle put into his own net wasn’t a game deciding screw up, but it deflated the Sharks even more. The Wings have seen many series turn after a shot sailed wide of an empty net or a puck bounce off a Wing and into our net. Turning points are what make 7 game series so exciting and the best news for every Wings fan is that we’re still alive.