Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/12/14

DENVER - OCTOBER 24: Goaltender Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings defends the goal against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 24, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks started with a stunned Jimmy Howard wondering how his team parted like the red sea with a red light glowing behind him, and it concluded with Howard gloving a final-second puck like he was picking cherries. In the middle, Howard was heroic, Pavel Datsyuk seems to like playing for Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg and the Wings' power play got off the "schneid" and Justin Abdelkader somewhat surprisingly proved the old Tomas Holmstrom axiom that, "If you stand close enough to a stick, you can use an oar for a stick and you'll still score"--all while playing on a left foot that was cut down to the bone in last night's win over Edmonton. At some points, it was ugly as hell, at some points, it was terrifying--see a 16-6 Canucks shot advantage in the 1st, a Jannik Hansen penalty shot that hit the goalpost over Howard's glove and 4 third-period penalties--but the Wings prevailed over themselves and the Canucks, and it was just ...
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