Well, thanks to having missed 3/4 of the season, one guy who doesn’t fit my Fatigue Thesis is Johan Franzen. And he showed that in a big way tonight. And in the process disproved the Fatigue Thesis by sparking his team to join him in a strong outing and resurrection of the Wings we know and love. Maybe they have some gas left in the tank after all. Mule does, anyway. Siphon some off him, maybe?
If the Mule can keep up even half of that pace in Game 5, the Wings have a shot. How many seeds of doubt were planted in the minds of a surprisingly childish Sharks team tonight (Joe Thornton, third period)? Dare we embrace the hope the Wings offered tonight?
I will say, though, that the Stuart injury is kinda key. Here’s hoping it’s not something that’ll keep him out going forward.