While taking notes during tonight’s game against Minnesota, there came a passing sequence that prompted me to scribble down: “Russian 5″. Now I won’t go on about days gone by, but since that magical unit took the ice, it seems the Wings have burned that style of puck movement into their souls.
Again, the Wings found themselves struggling early in the game, and again their resilience coupled with their excellence compensated for it.
The Wild’s defense was oppressive during the opening period, and Josh Harding was outstanding in between the pipes.
Then late in the second, Ian White, the blossoming newcomer, seemingly said to himself: “Enough with this”- and with a dogged individual effort, fired a wrist shot off the post past Harding to give Detroit some life, making the score 2-1, Wild. The Wings slowly but surely took over the game, as all four lines were relentless with the attack. This proved to be too severe and sustained of an onslaught for the Wild to survive.
Jiri Hudler continues to be hot for Detroit, tipping a shot from Jakub Kindl past Harding for Happy’s second goal of the season.
Kindl continues to look more and more comfortable. The Czech blue-liner sprung Danny Cleary early in the game for a fine scoring chance in the first period.
Valtteri Filppula went end-to-end in the second period, nearly beating Harding with a backhand. This will be Fil’s finest season yet.
And that ridiculous “o-for” with the man advantage was finally broken and at the most opportune moment: In overtime. Johan Franzen was credited with the sloppy game winner.
Detroit is now 4-0.
Highlights in due course.