The Ducks were wrapping up their 8 game road trip last night, visiting Madison Square Garden and held of the Rangers to compile a 5-2-1 record during that span. Corey Perry kicked things off with a goal early in the first, giving him 3 goals his last 2 games after hitting a two game pointless slump, a mini one. It's still Corey freaking Perry.
Kyle Palmeri, you sir, deserve a standing "O" for this beauty of a goal and the game winner last night:
Michael Del Zotto with a goal, giving him 3 points in his last 4 games, so I guess you could call it a breakout if you wanted to. Ryan Callahan finally back in the lineup after missing some time due to injury and looked like his old self. He recorded a point and had 6 hits on the night. I like Callahan because he isn't your typical captain. Most teams choose that player who is a superstar and can lead the team. Callahan reminds me of old time hockey, does what ever the team needs, leads them when they need it and grinds out his points to earn his keep. He doesn't rely solely on his skill. I love that grind line mentality.
DETROIT vs. WINNIPEG:
The Wings were wrapping up their 4 game road trip through Canada, and came up short losing 4-2 to put their record at 3-1 during that time. It could have been a lot uglier if not for Jimmy Howard. The first period was just a slaughter of shots and he looked superb, to keep the Wings within striking distance stopping 33 of 37 shots.
Michael Frolik, Bryan Little, and Andrew Ladd all had multi-point nights with 1 goal and 1 assist a piece. Rookie Mark Scheifele and Devin Setoguchi both had 2 assists a piece, and its good to see Scheifele finally get some recognition because I think a lot of people expected more from him but he needs time to adapt and find his game, especially in Winnipeg.
Danny DeKeyser with his first NHL goal last night, and it was the biggest clap bomb from the point, it was also shorthanded. That gHenrik Zetterburg had the other lone goal, and Stephen Weiss finally notching a point after going 9 games without. I have to say he's been the biggest disappointment this year so far, not only from a fan perspective but from a numbers one also.
Jimmy Howard's glove save, just yes. I was literally as hard as a diamond in an ice storm when I saw this:
JVR is going to center the top line in Toronto, seeing as how both Tyler Bozak, and Dave Bolland are out due to injury.
Alex Tanguay is expected to miss a few weeks, due to a knee injury that occurred during a game. Alex Ovechkin is expected to return to the line up tonight (Tuesday), after missing a game. Alexei Emelin, Montreal Defensemen, has been cleared for contact after he had off-season knee surgery.