Postgame: Red Wings @ Maple Leafs - 3/29

Well, with the late penalty the Red Wings certainly didn't make it easy on themselves, but for once a one-goal lead heading into the third period didn't herald a collapse as they actually padded the lead for a 4-2 win in Toronto.

With his first career hat trick, Darren Helm is easily the game's number one star and top story. I joke a lot about how he can't finish (in fact, he was stoned on a breakaway just seconds before scoring his first goal of the night off a steal and feed from Joakim Andersson) but his backhand was good tonight, accounting for his first and third goals. The second was a right-place-right-time deflection of a Jakub Kindl shot that actually broke his stick.

Second star of the night I'm going with Jimmy Howard. He made some fantastic stops to keep his team both in it and out front, depending on the time. I know he's played a ton lately but with how crucial points are right now and how well he's been playing, I think you have to give him the nod again tomorrow.

Third star normally would be Gustav Nyquist with a goal in seven of the last eight games. Instead I'm looking at Brendan Smith. How different is this game if he doesn't clear the puck off the goal line on that goofy-ass play when Nyquist sent it back to Howard and it slipped through him? Three or four months ago, Smith watches that go in because he's not paying enough attention to make the jump in that he did tonight.

Huge two points, as the Wings retain the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. Columbus beat Carolina in OT and Washington fell to Boston so the four-way tie has become a two-way tie and the Blue Jackets have the tiebreaker against Detroit.

Not to be forgotten (though I've been harping about it on Twitter so that's not likely), the win gives Mike Babcock 410 regular season wins as head coach of Detroit, tying him for second-most overall with Scotty Bowman, just three back of Jack Adams for first.

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Tonight the struggling Wings face a desperate Leafs squad that has lost seven in a row. The fans know what the outcome needs to be so there is no reason to discuss it. We are in their house! Time to fire on all cylinders!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 7:01 PM


Drop the puck!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 7:13 PM


Lost faceoff leads to a goal against? We've seen this before.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 7:33 PM


Kronwall left Reilly that wide open because he knew Howard had him. I'm sure that's it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 7:46 PM


Weak first period as expected. Ass whoopin in locker room, Wings come out and score in the first two minutes.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 8:04 PM


Hahaha. Of course Helm misses on the breakaway but scores on the backhander seconds later.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:13 PM



Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 8:15 PM


Nyquist is back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:15 PM


Ass whoopin in locker room was effective

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 8:16 PM


More Helm? What is this world?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:24 PM


Wow. Way to give up on the play, you asshats.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:43 PM


How the hell was Quincey that close to the puck without getting any of it?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:44 PM



I'll send Quincey to your office during the intermission.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 8:47 PM


This isn't going to end well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/29/2014 at 8:52 PM


Curly fries?

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/29/2014 at 9:24 PM


The thought of Babs having a shot at becoming the most winningest coach in Wings history is amazing. Hopefully it happens this season

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/30/2014 at 4:38 PM

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