Wings Get Hit, Throw Down, Win Late
The Wings-Ducks series started off with a bang last night. In a game that featured a little bit of everything, Detroit was victorious, with captain Nicklas Lidstrom scoring with just 50 seconds left in regulation.
Mid-way through the first period Mike Brown crushed Jiri Hudler. Hudler just released a pass, and Brown caught him with his head down.
It’s a hit that’s going to be debated about. Brown was given a major for interference (yup, that’s a real thing), and ejected; but was the call based on Hudler being bloodied and needing to be helped off the bench? If you time the hit, it’s easily less than a second after Hudler had the puck, and finishing checks is what all coaches preach. Or, despite not having a rule about headshots yet, will the NHL react and suspend Mike Brown? The league has shown it’s not gun-shy about handing out suspensions to players like Brown.
In the second period, scrums continued and Jonathan Ericsson accepted a challenged from Corey Perry. Ericsson’s not a frequent fighter, but has shown he can handle himself. He landed a couple of strong shots while whipping Perry around before the linesmen (quickly) stepped in.
Update 430pm: In case you haven’t heard, Brown will not be suspended.
Caps-Pens starts at 1PM ET today. It’s going going to be a good one.