I didn't get to participate in the game thread or Twitter conversation during the game this evening because I had work commitments that kept me online in a different place.
I haven't normally had to work very hard or late in my day job, partially on account of my not really digging what I was doing before my current role, but mostly because I got in a routine and didn't have to worry too much about getting anything done at the end of the day because my work would be there the following morning.
However, now I take a lot of pride in what I do because I really do enjoy my job, and it means that I don't mind working nights and/or weekends to get my job done and done well. It's a lot, but I know that if I work my absolute hardest I'll get the results I'm seeking.
The Red Wings have been doing their hardest to adhere to this philosophy lately, but unfortunately the results haven't always been there because the full 60 minute effort hasn't been put in. Tonight, the Wings worked their tails off and came away with a well-earned, hard-fought victory against the Avalanche.
- I know he hadn't scored in a while, but Johan Franzen is looking more and more dangerous with each passing game, and it finally paid off with a goal. I know, I know, he's paid to score goals, not look dangerous, he's overpaid, he's lazy, blah blah blah.
- Come to think of it, given Franzen's stats against the Avalanche, he may want to legally change his name to Stan Kroenke.
- You know, I've had just about enough of J.S. Giguere.
- Over/under on Red Wing fans who screamed "FINALLY" when Tomas Tatar was put on Pavel Datsyuk's line: 4,984 (hint, take the over). Unfortunately it seemed to be a giant Tots tease because he was back out with Andersson and Eaves later in the second.
- Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith, and Jonathan Ericsson have all looked better and better as this season has progressed. Throw in the surprising emergence of Brian Lashoff, and for a team with question marks on the blueline, having 3 younger players step up to play well has been a wonderful surprise.
- Since the Wings dropped 8 on Vancouver, they've scored 5 goals in 4 games.
- The Wings' second goal was the first time that Niklas Kronwall made me forget about Nicklas Lidstrom. It was fleeting, but it happened.
- Don't look now but Jimmy Howard is suddenly playing extremely well. He's not giving up nearly as many goals (7 in his last 5 starts) and was spectacular again tonight. With the Wings up 2-0 midway through the third, Howie stopped P.A. Parenteau on a breakaway with a big glove save. The Wings have needed Howard to make those kind of "big" stops more often this year, and in the last 5-6 games he's been the goalie we've expected. He was easily the Wings' best player tonight and deserved a shutout.