It's Detroit. I couldn't NOT talk about Detroit...especially when I found a little time to sneak in some game-watching while still getting some work done.
The Predators were surprisingly offensive in the first period. And by surprisingly, I mean, WHO IS THIS TEAM AND WHAT DID THEY DO WITH THE TEAM I'M USED TO SEEING?! Pretty much every shift was working the puck and making the Red Wings look very un-Red Wing-like. The sequence that led up to the late goal by my boy, Colin Wilson, was especially fantastic. If there was a way to give an honorary goal on that play, Cal O'Reilly would be the bearer of that honor. If every period of Predators hockey was as good as the first twenty minutes of this game, I wouldn't get so frustrated all the time.
Who knew Kevin Klein could play goalie too?! All those Kevin Klein haters probably had to take a little chill pill after seeing how he helped Anders Lindback out of a potential goal-against scenario. Speaking of, Anders seems to have trouble with puck control on the back end. I hope Mitch Korn helps him fix that soon. David Legwand leaving the game and not returning does not bode well in the grand scheme of things either. As others have pointed out, he seems to be the player that this team needs to hold themselves together.
What a goal for JEAN PIERRE! And all the Dumont naysayers were suddenly very glad that Coach Trotz chose to scratch Jordin Tootoo in favor of JP tonight. After Detroit was able to pull within one again, with just 1:33 remaining, I had to hold my breath and hope that this game wasn't going to end the way so many other road games have so far this season. Every man on the ice for the Predators in the last minute and a half of play was working as hard as possible to defend their net. That gritty play paid off. The boys get a much deserved win in the Motor City and get to come home to fans appreciative of their efforts against a divisional rival.
Let's keep it up, boys!