Playoff Feel: This game had it. It was far from the Wings’ best game of the year, but it may have been the most exciting. Between the tempo later on, the intensity of the overtime period and the arena atmosphere, this was a fun one to watch, and beat your average regular season game in the entertainment department.
Puck Security: The stat sheet says the Wings had the puck taken from them 12 times and that they gave it up 6. The Bruins had 10 giveaways and lost the puck to the Wings 16 times, according to the sheet. So why do I feel like the Wings were coughing up the puck left and right while the Bruins were holding on to it?
By way of comparison, the Wings coughed it up one way or another 11 times against the Ducks and 13 against the Flames, according to the statisticians. Obviously, this may not be the most reliable stat, but it’s still clear the Wings were too free with the puck yesterday. That’s something they need to fix.
Jimmy: Another strong outing. Maybe this game being on a national stage will help him get some more recognition.
He did look stupid on the Bruins’ first goal, though. His weak pass across to Ericsson was incredibly interceptable, so it was no surprise that it was intercepted and translated to a goal. That was one play involving Jonny that was somebody else’s fault.
The Bruins: Owned the game early, as the Wings played to their usual afternoon game script. They had the Wings in shell mode in their own end, and while they couldn’t crack Jimmy and the D, it was frustrating to watch them pin the Wings so much. Especially when so much of the pinning came out of turnovers.
They’re a rough team, which put the Wings off their game. That in itself is a sign of how far the Wings are still from where they’d like to be: it used to be that a physical opponent brought the best out of them. The Wings did pick it up as the game went on and things got a lot more even, but early on, it was looking like the Bruins’ game.
Sudden Strikes: But the beauty of the Wings is their ability to strike without warning. The Filppula goal was a perfect example of that. It was just their second shot and developed out of nowhere, with a great pass from Zetterberg finding Fil up the gut for an easy tap in.
Then, after the Bruins tied it, Datsyuk did this. Beautiful, eh?
Ice Quality: Not sure if the ice was bad or what, but both teams overskated he puck a lot. Could have contributed to the crappy passing, too.
Datsyuk vs. Zetterberg: Pavel’s on a sharp upswing, but Zetterberg’s on a much shallower one, if he’s on it at all. Not sure what’s going on with him. I’d like to think that if he were injured to the point that it’s effecting his game this much that he’d be out, but I also don’t like the thought that it’s a mental thing.
The Shootout: I generally don’t get riled up about the shootout, but this was one case where I would have preferred a longer overtime instead of the anticlimactic finish of a shootout. Oh well.
Next: The Wings get the Predators tonight. They’ve lost three in a row, which sort of sets up a trap for the Wings. Here’s hoping they can dig out some of the energy they expended yesterday.