A Swedish New Year

January 1, 2006

Notes from Wings 5-2 victory over Columbus.

  • All seven Swedes registered points.  Mikael Samuelsson now has 16 goals…amazing. 
  • Nik Lidstrom is on fire and Bryan McCabe had better look out because the Norris is not sewn up as the always impartial media in Toronto would lead us to believe.
  • Another first period nap by the Wings.  Hard to be too frustrated when they turn it around the way they did.  But, we can’t fall back on the old crutch of claiming they “play down to the level of their competition”, because they did the same thing in Dallas the other night.  Both end results were obviously good, but…
  •  Sergei may have had his worst game facing the Wings yet.  0 shots on goal, 4 PIM, -2 and an assist on Schneider’s goal (off his skate as he attempted to block it). He also tripped Franzen, who ran into former Wing Jamie Pushor, who fell and clipped BJ goalie Pascal Leclaire in the jaw–forcing him out and Dique castoff Marc Denis, in.  More later today on Fedorov.
  • Power play was 2-6, but didn’t look as sharp as it has.  In fact, while the stats may not reflect it, the PP in general has looked a little sluggish the last few games. 
  • Robert Lang had three assists.  The guy is an enigma.  He misses nets when he shoots–WHEN he shoots–seemingly sleepwalks through half the game, avoids contact at all costs and ends up with 3 points. 
  • Brett Lebda continues to impress.  He never gets rattled, seemingly, and is so smooth on the skates.  I’d like to see him rush the puck more, now that we know he has that ability.  But, staying at home is not so bad either.
  • Chris Chelios: another sturdy, steady game.  No PIM, team leader in PK ice time with 4:57.  Should be Team USA’s captain but will probably wear the A.
  • Brendan Shanahan now in a mini-slump.  Only the second time this year he’s gone three games without a goal.


Columbus Dispatch

On The Wings recap

Detroit News

Detroit Free Press



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