Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 1/21/13
A much better start by the Red Wings tonight, but they fell apart in the 3rd period and were lucky to get the shootout win. The defense had a better game, but Quincey is still playing like garbage and is relying on Smith to pick up the slack. Howard was sharp again, but at some point he’s going to have to stop a breakaway. I never blame goalies for giving up breakaway goals, but at some point, he’ll have to make a save. If he stops the first goal against, Columbus never gets back in the game. More after the jump: Brunner is for real. That shootout goal was so hot and dirty, if my mom had walked in, she would have thought I was watching porn. That said, he’s still adjusting. Smaller ice and bigger defenses, but he still has a great shot. I watched him on the PP tonight and he kind of reminded me of Brett Hull when he would sneak into open space for the big slapper. As for playing the point, I’m not a fan right now. Seems he’s worried about bringing the puck up himself and looks to get rid of the puck right away, often giving it to someone who isn’t ready which kills the rush. Give him time, though. He’s for real. The Production Line called him Homestar Brunner on Twitter, so until someone comes up with something better (hint, you won’t) that’s his name. Lashoff! Congratulations on the goal and the added responsibility, FNG. Up by one goal and going to the PK? Get in there, rookie! It didn’t look like Lashoff’s first game. I liked Tootoo dropping the gloves early. Didn’t win the fight, but it seemed to fire up the team. Whether the team started strong because of Tootoo or despite Tootoo, I can’t say, but the Wings are now 1-0 when Tootoo fights. Datsyuk scored and I was thrilled to see it. That goofy smile and “aw, shucks…” celebration. I wonder if he’s really back yet, though. He’s in shape, but it has to be hard to leave his family behind on short notice to play the same game on the other side of the planet. He’ll get going soon. Probably tomorrow when the Red Wings fans lift the roof off the Joe and welcome the team home. I didn’t hear any details on Colaiacovo, but he left in the third and didn’t come back. We’ll keep you posted. Next game is tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars. Home opener! Friends, if you’re attending, welcome them home in style. (And no Tootoo whistles, k?) LGRW!
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