Facing elimination in a sweep the Red Wings pulled a Todd Bertuzzi spin-o-rama out of their hat to be the first on the scoreboard in game five that eventually sparked the first win of the series for Detroit over the San Jose Sharks.
Isn’t it just a great feeling that the Western Conference is still going with the Nashville Predators now in a 3-2 series with the Vancouver Canucks while both the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning are just sitting there waiting? Some might say “yeah but they’ll be well rested.” Yup. They sure will. And look how great that worked for the Red Wings coming off of their sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes.
It is Mothers’ Day and what better way to have a huge party in Detroit than to see the beloved Red Wings bring the series 3-2?
With the Wings finally getting the win in game four I do not see Mike Babcock making any lineup changes – unless injury dictates such. Which is fine; though I would still like to see Mike Modano get one more playoff game in before what is probably his retirement.
Speaking of players in their 40’s and retirement…
No Lidstrom. NO.
Everyone knows we wont have your decision for awhile yet; but that does not mean the anxiety is not in the air already.
My player to watch tonight: Justin Abdelkader. 1. He’ll probably hi-stick someone (maybe Clowe this time) 2. After the double roughing penalties at the end of game four I think there will be some carry over into this game; but hope Abdelkader will hold off until the Wings have a solid* lead.
Happy Mothers’ Day to those readers that are mothers; and an reminder to those that forgot to run out and get mom at least some flowers for today.
*No lead is really solid anymore ; but do not do it when down in goals, tied, or within one.
UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. EST According to the San Jose Sharks Official Twitter account the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Red Wings could be without Johan Frazen and Pavel Datsyuk in tonight’s game.