Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/8/14
The Red Wings' AHL team so closely resembled its NHL counterpart on Saturday night that I was waiting for Larry Murphy to emerge from the ether, pop up on the AHL Live broadcast and inform me that the Grand Rapids Griffins' 33 shots over the first two periods of their 5-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday night resulted in exactly 4 scoring chances. It's not that Cedrick Desjardins has been anything less than spectacular as the Crunch walked into Grand Rapids and both averted a sweep on Thursday and forced the series to move back to Syracuse via their 5-2 win (despite being out-shot 42-22), or that Petr Mrazek's been anything other than ordinary at the other end. It's that the grit, grind and jam that involves going to the net and staying there, obstructing a goaltender's field of vision and driving the other team to distraction while doing so was so absent from the Griffins' penalty-prone, flashy-but-futile efforts on Thursday and Saturday were so absent both an agitan...
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