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Monday With The Deep Diggers

Two days after the fact and Dwayne Roloson's sprawling second-period save Saturday night is still the topic of conversation around the Wings. Kulfan/Detroit News
...then Cleary was asked about the save. The one Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson's made in the first period, with Cleary all alone beside the net for a one-timer, that will be on every NHL highlight DVD for the next decade. "I didn't think you guys would bring that up," Cleary said. "To be honest with you, I don't know what else I could have done with it. He made a highlight-reel save. My hat's off to him."
Yes he did and so's mine. But...watch the clip. Cleary settles the puck just momentarily before shooting. If he one-times it, Roloson's beat. Something else about that particular sequence. Every time I watch it, I like the way that play was set up more and more. A nice pass from Samuelsson to a moving Datsyuk, who zips it cross-ice to an open Cleary. I like that line.

In discussions with Helene St. James a few of the Wings confirmed what several of you said yesterday: it was an encouraging trip way West.

HSJ/Detroit Free Press

“You can’t compare the road trips,” assistant captain Henrik Zetterberg said after Saturday’s 4-3 shoot-out loss at Edmonton.

“We’ve been working real hard this road trip. Maybe not the best game we had in Calgary, but we bounced back (Saturday) and played real hard and it gives us the confidence to keep going.”

“We really played well in Vancouver,” Cleary said. “We didn’t play well in Calgary, and I thought we really played well (Saturday). We played well in a lot of different areas—we moved the puck well. We generated a lot of shots on Rollie—we did exactly what we wanted, and we limited them to only 21 shots.”

And no one wants to say it, but it would appear that the problem I refuse to speak of is coming around. Better shots. More movement, and more time for Dan Cleary as Mike Babcock looks to ride that hot hand.  Overall, Babcock was pretty blunt with Khan(!).

Khan(!)/MLive

“We were better than them. In my view, it wasn’t even close,’’ Babcock said. “Their goalie (Dwayne Roloson) was good, but we had the puck (most of the game).’‘

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com