Red Wings - Predators Postgame Notes

Back from watching the Plymouth Whalers drop a 2-0 decision to the Kitchener Rangers in Game Six of their playoff series, I'll finally post my thoughts on the Red Wings' 4-3 OT win today in Nashville...

Holmstrom's Goalie Interference
Replay showed that Tomas Holmstrom did appear to elbow Pekka Rinne in the head, so this was the right call. Call me cynical, but it still doesn't sit right with me.

First off, it took a slow-mo replay from above the crease to show what happened on TV. Did the eagle-eyed ref actually see it happen or did he call a phantom penalty and luck out that one was actually there. If he did see it, did he miss Rinne's punch to the back of Holmstrom's head a second earlier?

Right call but frustrating.

Abdelkader in General
What an afternoon for Justin Abdelkader. I admit to a bit of a hometown bias towards him but that doesn't have to apply this time. Five hits, two goals... He was all over the place. And his hit on Martin Erat was *not* boarding. Erat got away with worse against Abdelkader two weeks ago - not that what Erat did was legal then, just allowed. Hooray for consistency.

Bertuzzi vs. O'Brien
Where did Todd Bertuzzi come from? Something set him off today, I'm not sure I want to see that every game but today it was nice. Bertuzzi smacked Shane O'Brien around once and O'Brien went for the ill-timed rematch and got beat down again. That second fight was a major turning point. I can't believe O'Brien did that when a win for him would mean nothing but a win for Bertuzzi would fire the Red Wings up.

Great physical effort from the Wings. Great mental resilience after going down 3-0. It was a playoff-style win and they need some of those down the stretch here.

Bonus Hockey
The Whalers had a chance to finish off the Rangers tonight and failed pretty miserably. Like I have the tendency to complain about with the Wings, the Whalers were just not getting any second chances around the Kitchener net. It was a pretty physical game, with the Rangers seeming to win most of those battles. Whalers need to get it together to avoid losing a series they were up 3-1 in.

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Looking to rebound from a pathetic 10-3 loss on Wednesday to the St. Louis Blues, the Red Wings visit the Nashville Predators for an afternoon game today.

It's the last game of the regular season between the two teams and Nashville leads the series 4-1.

Jimmy Howard will return to the Detroit crease but Pavel Datsyuk did not join the team on their trip, despite reports earlier in the week that he would play.

It's a 3:00 PM start time on FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 9:32 AM


O'Brien gets Abs yapping at him, then Bert wailing away on him. He's p*ssed people off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:15 PM


Absolute horsesh*t call. What a f*cking joke.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:41 PM


After one, not many surprises. FSD crew caught a Homer elbow to Rinne on the called back goal. I'm fine with that but then why no call when Dumont was bumping Howard at the other end?

Great to see the Wings playing physical but they've gotta score to make it matter.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 3:56 PM


Ok bitches... Now it's 2 to 3!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:27 PM


What the f*ck was that? Drapes is cut and gets the gate? f*ck these refs to death!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:29 PM


Ericsson needs to utilize that body of his and run someone over.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 4:32 PM


Abdelkader with another! Great shot up top.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:09 PM


Jimmy with a huge save. Proving he came to play, too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:17 PM


A point in a game where the Wings trailed 3-0? I'll take it. I want another though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:37 PM


Hell. Mother. f*cking. Yes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2011 at 5:43 PM


That game didn't go the way I wanted it however, I'll take the two points and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. There were some questionable calls and I want to know why Homer will always get the call and Howie gets the shaft. As Larry pointed out in the intermission, the hit on Erat was legal because Abdelkader's elbows and stick were down yet he gets the gate. I'm tired of bad calls dictating the flow and outcome of the game.

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2011 at 9:05 PM

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