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Red Wings-Coyotes Game 2 quick take: Style points don’t count, but they could help my blood pressure

Updated with weird prospect news: The Detroit Red Wings stalked out a 4-0 lead against the Phoenix Coyotes before falling victim to some undisciplined play and referees rather obviously looking for some even-ups, and then gave up three power play goals but emerged with a 4-3 win over the Coyotes because the Wings held tough on yet another long 5-on-3 kill—a kill that happened amidst the 3 3rd-period penalties called against Detroit to none for Phoenix—and because the Wings’ players, for the most part, played as grittily as Johan Franzen’s stitched-up face looks.

The game wasn’t good for Wings fans’ blood pressure as we all had to hold on pretty tightly to the stress train, myself included, and yes, the Coyotes have some stuff to build on, but if you’re subjective like me and argue that the Wings earned half their penalties and were the subject of “even-ups” the other half of the time, and that you had to know the Coyotes were going to come and simply believe that the Wings have to play better over the course of 60 minutes—and have as many areas upon which they can say that they feel positive about their play and confident going into Phoenix as the Coyotes can say about going home down 0-2…

Then the 4-3 win was a little too close, but the margin simply doesn’t matter when your team hangs on and makes it 2-0, especially when Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard, goals against included, have been so lights-out fantastic.

Interestingly, Johan Franzen—who took 23 stitches, probably has a broken nose and owns a newly-chipped tooth to boot—argued that Shane Doan hit him in the numbers, and that he was high-sticked by a Coyotes defenseman at the same time, but refused to talk further about the hit lest he incur supplemental discipline; Dave Tippett countered by suggesting that it was Franzen’s fault, that Franzen should have protected himself, whereas Darren Helm’s hit on Ed Jovanovski (“day to day with an upper-body injury”) is exactly the kind of play the NHL needs to crack down upon…While Mike Babcock, who refused to comment regarding the officiating specifically, other than to say that the team needs to play with more discipline and then hope that they don’t take so many penalties, suggested that neither hit was a penalty-worthy offense, with Franzen “toe-picking” and getting hit and Jovanovski looking and seeing Helm coming before turning toward the boards.

I’m gonna refrain from comments regarding Doan or one Martin Hanzal sticking his right leg between Jimmy Howard’s legs, in the crease, on the Coyotes’ 4-2 goal, because like Franzen, I don’t want to incur a $1,000 fine.

Overall, the Wings were sloppy, yes, but as much as the Coyotes can suggest that this game gives them a sure blueprint for success going home to Phoenix, their “best player,” Ilya Bryzgalov, remains very vulnerable, the Red Wings are actually out-hitting the Coyotes, when the Wings do get rare power plays, they’ve been just as lethal as the Coyotes and, as the team heads to Phoenix this afternoon and the reporters slowly start filing recaps before leaving as well (I’ll start an in-progress recap thread in a few hours)...

Sometimes you have to take a win, warts and all, and just not spend too much time, energy and effort panicking about the Wings’ faults for 48 hours when the Wings themselves are already well aware of the points upon which they must improve. Take a deep breath, take your blood pressure or anti-anxiety medication (the 2nd count is true for me), and do what the Wings are doing—taking the win and running with it.

Final Stats:

Shots: 33-31 Phoenix overall, breaking down as 9-8 Detroit in the 1st period, 14-12 Phoenix in the 2nd period and 11-10 Phoenix in the 3rd period.

Phoenix went 2-for-7 in 5:20 of PP time, including 1-for-1 in 1:50 of 5 on 3 time.

Detroit went 2-for-5 in 3:30 of PP time, including 0-for-1 in 13 seconds of 5 on 3 time. The Wings were called for the game’s last 3 penalties.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27 of 31 shots; Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 33.

The 3 stars, per the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema, were Tomas Holmstrom, Shane Doan and Pavel Datsyuk.

Our goals: Datsyuk (2) from Lidstrom (1) and Bertuzzi (1), PP;

Rafalski (2) from Datsyuk (1) and Holmstrom (2), PP;

Helm (1) from Datsyuk (2) and Lidstrom (2);

Holmstrom (1) from Filppula (2) and Datsyuk (3).

Faceoffs: 38-21 Detroit (64%);

Blocked shots: 13-11 Detroit;

Missed shots: 17-5 Detroit (total attempts 59-52 Detroit);

Hits: 41-38 Detroit;

Giveaways: 6-5 Phoenix;

Takeaways: 10-6 Detroit.

Individual Stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 16-and-4 (80%); Abdelkader went 9-and-6 (60%); Filppula went 7-and-2 (78%); Draper went 4-and-5 (44%); Cleary won 2 faceoffs; Eaves lost 2 faceoffs; Helm and Franzen lost their only faceoffs.

Shots: Datsyuk, Rafalski and Ericsson led the team with 4 shots; Bertuzzi had 3; Abdelkader, Franzen and Holmstrom had 2; Lidstrom, Cleary, Eaves, Miller, Salei, Hudler, Draper, Helm, Filppula and Kronwall had 1.

Blocked attempts: Datsyuk had 3 shot attempts blocked by Coyotes players; Stuart hit Coyotes players 2 times, as did Kronwall; Cleary, Miller, Salei and Rafalski had single shot attempts blocked.

Missed shots: Datsyuk missed the net 4 times; Bertuzzi missed the net 3 times; Holmstrom missed the net 2 times; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Eaves, Hudler, Rafalski, Draper, Filppula and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Kronwall led the team with 7 hits;Draper had 4; Miller, Stuart, Hudler, Rafalski, Helm and Ericsson had 3; Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Eaves and Franzen had 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Filppula had 1.

Giveaways: Stuart, Rafalski, Kronwall, Holmstrom and Howard had giveaways.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 3 takeaways; Lidstrom had 2 takeaways; Cleary, Eaves, Miller, Draper and Franzen had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 4 shots; Datsyuk blocked 3; Salei blocked 2; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Draper and Ericsson blocked 1.

Penalty minutes: Cleary, Helm, Filppula and Franzen took 2 minor penalties apiece; Bertuzzi took 1 minor penalty.

Plus-minus: Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Stuart and Holmstrom finished at +2; Helm and Filppula finished at +1.

Points: Datsyuk had 1 goal and 3 assist for 4 points; Holmstrom had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Lidstrom had 2 assists; Rafalski and Helm had goals; Bertuzzi and Filppula had assists.

Ice time: Rafalski led the team with 22:17 played; Kronwall played 21:52; Datsyuk played 21:42;

Stuart played 21:24; Ericsson played 21:23; Cleary played 19:50;

Lidstrom played 19:16 as Babcock rested him in the 3rd period; Bertuzzi played 18:12; Abdelkader played 17:59;

Filppula played 13:58; Salei played 13:48; Holmstrom played 12:55;

Eaves played 12:17; Helm played 11:41; Franzen played 10:22;

Miller played 10:07; Draper played 9:33; Hudler played 8:47.

Update 5:20 PM: Um, okay, per the Red Wings:

RED WINGS REASSIGN SEVERAL PLAYERS TO AHL’S GRIFFINS

… Eight ‘Black Aces’ Now Remain with the Club ...

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that several players have been reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. A complete list of players who have been reassigned can be found below:

Joakim Andersson

Travis Ehrhardt

Ilari Filppula

Thomas McCollum

Francis Pare

Logan Pyett

Brent Raedeke

Eight Griffins players now remain with the Red Wings, serving in the capacity of ‘Black Aces’ (playoff reserves). These prospects and veteran AHLers will practice after/before the Red Wings every day and will be on hand to dress for an NHL post-season game should the need arise.

Currently leading their Western Conference Quarterfinal showdown with the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0, Detroit’s 2011 playoff schedule continues on Monday night at Arizona’s Glendale Arena (10:30 p.m. – FS Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Detroit’s next possible home game would be the series’ fifth game on Friday, April 22 (puck drop – 7:00 p.m.)

I’m guessing that Ilari Filppula will play for Finland at the World Championships, and Joakim Andersson will play for Sweden, but as to whether these gents are done for the year or are just staying in Detroit because you can only fit so many people on the team plane, I don’t know.

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Style points don’t count, but they could help my blood pressure

Amen, George.

You have to wonder when DET are going to learn to keep on the accelerator.  They get defensive, and then the opponent gets the PP because they have the puck - - instead of the other way around.

DET not ready for prime-time until they develop the killer instinct.

Up 2-0 is all you could ask for.  Still.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/16/11 at 06:43 PM ET

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I’ll take the win and run with it.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/16/11 at 06:50 PM ET

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Hey, if the Helm/Jova hit was a penalty, there’s no effing way that the Daon/Franzen hit wasn’t.  That’s what I get charged up about.  Not that the Wings are being called for their penalties…...the Bert hack, the Franzen crosscheck, those were legit.  What I get charged up about is that the OTHER TEAM is doing the same effing things to the WIngs and they are not getting called for any of it.  Near the end of the third there was a PHO DMAN draped all over the back of a Red Wing with his stick in front of him.  No call.  Geesus H Keeerist it’s enough to make me tear my hair out.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 04/16/11 at 06:54 PM ET

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Johan Franzen—who took 23 stitches, probably has a broken nose and owns a newly-chipped tooth to boot—argued that Shane Doan hit him in the numbers, and that he was high-sticked by a Coyotes defenseman at the same time, but refused to talk further about the hit lest he incur supplemental discipline; Dave Tippett countered by suggesting that it was Franzen’s fault, that Franzen should have protected himself, whereas Darren Helm’s hit on Ed Jovanovski is exactly the kind of play the NHL needs to crack down upon
Babcock suggested that neither hit was a penalty-worthy offense, with Franzen “toe-picking” and getting hit and Jovanovski looking and seeing Helm coming before turning toward the boards.

 

I agree with Bab’s assesment of that but there seems to be one set of rules for the Red Wings and another set of rules for ANY team they play against ... and for criminy sakes TIppett stop being such an ........ ....  at least Babs can be HONEST.
I thought the officiating was good for about half the game then I think Butthead must have called them and told them they weren’t doing it right. 

and George are you saying that you can get fined by the NHL too?  WTH
well IF SO then us fans will say it for you   .... “That Yote’s goal SHOULD have been waved off ...  IF it were the other way around you know that goal would have been waved off and IF it were Holmer he would have gotten a penalty on top of it.” 

  Like I said before   “there seems to be one set of rules for the Red Wings and another set of rules for ANY team they play against”  WHICH IS BULL CHIT AND US FAN’S WHO PAY YOUR SALARY BETTMAN,  ARE FED UP WITH IT !!!!!!!!

You have to wonder when DET are going to learn to keep on the accelerator.  They get defensive, and then the opponent gets the PP because they have the puck - - instead of the other way around.

DET not ready for prime-time until they develop the killer instinct.

Up 2-0 is all you could ask for.  Still.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/16/11 at 04:43 PM ET

Amen

 

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 04/16/11 at 07:00 PM ET

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I think some of the calls agains the Wings have been completely marginal, if not ridiculous – and the boys on Versus had no problem calling out at least one penalty today as complete nonsense.

At the same time some of the calls again the Coyotes have been total garbage as well.

I love watching a good game and I wish the refs would figure out what the f#@k they’re doing and STICK WITH IT. If you’re going to be ticky-tacky with the penalties then everything needs to be called that way – same thing if you’re going to let things go.

It’s this wishy washy non-sensical crap that is completely baffling and frustrating as a fan of the game – and I’ve got to imagine the players and coaches aren’t much impressed either.

Posted by SK77 on 04/16/11 at 07:04 PM ET

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Or Klesla hacking Lidstrom twice, unprovoked. Ahem.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/16/11 at 07:07 PM ET

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I wish the refs would figure out what the f#@k they’re doing and STICK WITH IT

A-friggin-men.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/16/11 at 07:15 PM ET

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I thought the officiating was good for about half the game then I think Butthead must have called them and told them they weren’t doing it right.

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan & hometown of Justin Abdelkader on 04/16/11 at 05:00 PM ET

Sure seemed like that, didn’t it?  raspberry

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/16/11 at 07:22 PM ET

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It’s disappointing that the officiating staff makes such a difference in this league. I watch football regularly and can’t name a single man in stripes from the NFL. I know to cringe when I hear names like Penis LaRue or Stephan Auger.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/16/11 at 08:00 PM ET

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Jovanoski looked like he was really hurt after Helm’s hit.  I bet he broke his collarbone, or at least has an A-C separation.
Then when he had Helm by the neck he looked like Darth Vader, and I thought he was going to kill Helm.

Posted by w2j2 on 04/16/11 at 08:09 PM ET

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I bet he broke his collarbone, or at least has an A-C separation.


Jovo’s a gutless puke so I hope he’s done for the series.  The PHO can whine that the Wings didn’t really beat them AGAIN.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 04/16/11 at 08:35 PM ET

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NHL:

JCALL IT THE SAME ON BOTH SIDES. 

That’s all I’m f*ckng asking.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 04/16/11 at 08:37 PM ET

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After Detroit failed to put goals 5 and 6 past Bryz it was just a matter of time before the Yotes made their move. That’s the playoffs. For the first 40 minutes of the game the Wings dominated Phoenix in every aspect. To me they actually looked like the ‘08 team…crisp, fast outlet passes, clogging the neutral zone and allowing Phoenix NOTHING, strong on the puck and intitiating physical contact. They dictated how the game was going to be played. Then you get that push back coupled with the Wings relaxing a little bit, and Phoenix makes it a game. I thought Detroit showed great moxy at the end by shutting it down and holding the lead. Overall, I was pleased with game and I’ll take a 2-0 series lead ANY TIME!

Phoenix can talk all they want about “we showed that we can play with them…we knew we could come back…if we play our game we’ll beat them” and blah blah blah. Everyone could see that Detroit outclasses Phoenix in all facets of the game, including in net. Go get em in the desert, finish them quick and get rested for the Sharks.

Posted by godblender on 04/16/11 at 08:53 PM ET

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I didn’t have a problem with the Franzen hit. Mule needs to be smart there and lean into the body, not peel away from it. The results sucked, but I can’t blame that on the Mange players as it happened way to quickly to pull up on, and momentum would have smashed him anyway.

But the Helm hit on Jovo? Probably the worst boarding call I’ve ever seen. Calling a 2-Line Pass would’ve been a more legitimate whistle on that play. Absolutely disgusting.

The interference calls were pretty weak for the first half of the game, but fine, that’s how you’re calling it. Yet the final 30 mintues that evaporated completely…until the Helm penalty which made it e 5x3, which should have seen Hanzal go for Holding the Stick as well.

I was pleasantly surprised with how the refs did keep the physical crap under control for the most part, especially post whistle. I’d like to see that more often, and would do just as much as suspensions to keep a lot of the elbows and head-shots out of the game from hyped up overly aggressive players caught up in the intensity escalating hit for hit.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/16/11 at 09:10 PM ET

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Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/16/11 at 09:23 PM ET

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Look, some will label myself and most of the other Wings fans on this sight as paranoid and act as if the refs are out to “get” the wings. Much of the time it’s all in good fun. I proudly wera my tinfoil hat.The call to put the wings down 5 on 3 was marginal at best and the call on Fransen for cross checking was a joke. Note to refs, please watch holmstrom when in front of oponents net, and take your pick of which cross check you choose to call…or not call as is often the case.

Critics may choose to say we wings fans are delusional and paranoid, but here are the facts:

  The NHL (collectively all 29 other teams) are currently the owners of the phoenix team. The coyotes, and by extension the NHL and 29 other owners, are once again going to lose Millions of dollars this year. Just as they have for the nearly 2 years the league has owned them.This doesn’t even begin to factor in the Millions the league has paid for an army of lawyers to litigate against former owner moyes, and fight Jim Ballsille in court.

My point is this, a home game in glendale is worth at least a couple million in gate receipts, concessions, and parking. This money going collectively to the rest of the league. It’s really not a stretch to see that more home games for phoenix is “good” for the league.

Do I think gary has meetings with officials to map out his master plan on how to screw the wings? No.

Do I believe there is a conflict of interest and wonder what is going on with 5 on 3’s in the first two games and several marginal penalty calls which kept phoenix in the first two games? You bet my tinfoil hat I do!!!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/16/11 at 09:55 PM ET

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What a difference the playoffs make. During the regular season we would have go to overtime tied 4-4. The Red Wings are playing at a higher level.

Posted by joedaiceman on 04/16/11 at 10:22 PM ET

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wow. there were parts of the second where we really did look like the globetrotters.

all i really want to know about the helm boarding call is…where was the boarding?

Posted by Chet on 04/16/11 at 10:25 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 04/16/11 at 07:55 PM ET

I’d have to believe that the league benefits way more if the Wings do well and advance, and ... dare I say ... win the Cup? That’s money in the bank for the NHL with all the Wings fans out there and the buzz it would create in the mainstream media.

No way do they jeopardize that so they can get an extra game in Phoenix in the first round.

Posted by SK77 on 04/16/11 at 10:36 PM ET

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Darren Helm’s hit on Ed Jovanovski (“day to day with an upper-body injury”) is exactly the kind of play the NHL needs to crack down upon

I don’t understand this.  too many people involved in hockey, and fans, seem to live in bizarro world.  it was a clean hit, shoulder to shoulder, and not particularly hard either.  it wasn’t a pat on the back, but Helm could have hit him a lot harder.

if the league cracks down on that kind of hit, they can all stop wearing pads because it’ll be a no-check league.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/16/11 at 10:54 PM ET

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I’d have to believe that the league benefits way more if the Wings do well and advance, and ... dare I say ... win the Cup? That’s money in the bank for the NHL with all the Wings fans out there and the buzz it would create in the mainstream media.

No way do they jeopardize that so they can get an extra game in Phoenix in the first round.

Gary would never admit to himself or anyone else that this is true, and he hates the Wings, and Holland.  he knows winners when he sees them, and he hates them because he knows he’s a loser deep down inside.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/16/11 at 11:00 PM ET

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http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aq.18EIrTCUeqJ2qdeagJBF7vLYF?slug=nc-cotsonika-red_wings_star_pavel_datsyuk_dominates_coyotes041611

the above link broke. here is the article the quote is found

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/17/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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well what the hell? the link is not working sorry guys/gals

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/17/11 at 12:23 AM ET

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It’s one thing to take your foot off the accelerator if you’re up one. But up four, and playing lights out, the Wings came out in the third and human nature took over. The intermission was enough to get them back on their heels trying to run out the clock.

I’m not going to worry about it. Chalk up the victory. Move on to Phoenix and play two semi-home games for the last time in Phoenix and kick their arses back up to Winnipeg.

Posted by ElCapitan on 04/17/11 at 12:36 AM ET

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That’s bizarre! I’ve edited the link and the story may or may not work???

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aq.18EIrTCUeqJ2qdeagJBF7vLYF?slug=nc-cotsonika-red_wings_star_pavel_datsyuk_dominates_coyotes041611

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=nc-cotsonika-red_wings_star_pavel_datsyuk_dominates_coyotes041611

The link keeps on auto-correcting. It’s Yahoo’s issue I think.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/17/11 at 01:19 AM ET

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Chalk up the victory. Move on to Phoenix

thing is, the Wings have been much better on the road this year.  so if Phoenix couldn’t steal one in Detroit, with the Wings poor home record in the last month or so of the season…they’ll have a tougher time with the Wings on the road.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/17/11 at 01:34 AM ET

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that Draper quote is pure gold.  GOLD, Jerry! GOLD!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/17/11 at 01:40 AM ET

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“It’s very humbling when you go 1-on-1against Pavel Datsyuk,” said Wings center Kris Draper, “You might as well bring your own puck. You’re not getting his.”

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/16/11 at 10:18 PM ET

lmaooooooooooo hahaha   cheese

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 04/17/11 at 02:54 AM ET

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“With all due respect,” NBC’s Mike (Doc) Emrick said at the end of the first, “Detroit 3, the Washington Generals, nothing.

think the NHL will fine him for comparing the Red wings to the Globe trotters?  LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 04/17/11 at 02:58 AM ET

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think the NHL will fine him for comparing the Red wings to the Globe trotters?

Only if there was an octopus involved

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/17/11 at 06:23 AM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/16/11 at 11:19 PM ET

this:

” ...
When the fans and media talk about the best players in the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby(notes) and the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin(notes) are usually at the top of the list. When NHL players talk about the best of their peers, Datsyuk’s name often comes up, too.

“If you’re going to look strictly on statistics and look on paper, you’re going to say Crosby probably, Ovechkin,” St. Louis Blues forward David Backes(notes) said in December, when Crosby was reaching new heights and dominating the league.

“But you play against Datsyuk, and you see how tenacious he is on a backcheck and stripping pucks and doing the little things, killing penalties, winning faceoffs. He ends up such a complete package that’s really tough to find along with his offensive prowess and passing and puck skills. I think that’s why he gets a lot of attention from the players.”
... “

Recognition from your peers. There is no higher compliment.

14 to 12
L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/17/11 at 03:18 PM ET

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