Goals were as follows:
Detroit: Drew Miller (Rafalski); Todd Bertuzzi (Holmstrom, Datsyuk); Patrick Eaves (Lidstrom, Rafalski)
Tampa Bay: none
This whole game was one big effing Minus because of what happened with a minute and change left in the first period. Mattias Ohlund plastered Henrik Zetterberg, and I died on the inside when I saw him being helped to the dressing room. During the first intermission, Drew Miller sounded convinced that Z would be back, but he was unfortunately wrong. Turns out Hank drove himself to the hospital for an MRI during the game. I tweeted, “I can’t even articulate how I feel about the possibility of Z being out for a while. It makes me sick to my stomach.” I still can’t. 8 major players out with injuries. There is no team in the league that has or could withstood this kind of devastation to their team and still be competitive. The only good news out of this insanity is that Filppula’s aiming at a December 26 comeback, according to Custance. More bad news? He’ll likely be back before Darren Helm, who we all thought was just DTD with his wrist injury. It’s gotten to the point where I almost just have to laugh hysterically because of the sheer absurdity of this entire season.
The big Plus? The Wings stay determined in the third and not only get a win, but Jimmy gets his first career shutout. We got outshot, outhit, and beat in faceoffs, but we shut them out. The Wings looked a little distracted and disjointed in the second, and I can’t blame them. I really stopped paying attention around the same time, because I was more concerned with an update on Hank. But they gathered themselves together for the third for 2 more goals and the win. Way to handle the loss of Hank with aplomb and not just fall apart. Major, major kudos to Miller and Eaves, who continue to personify the style that the Red Wings need to play right now–hard work and hustle.
Hoping for good news tomorrow on Hank.