There isn't much to say about this one. Both teams played very conservatively down to the end and kept things relatively unexciting. It was good to see the Wings pull out a win in such a tightly-played game.
Dan Ellis stole the show with a 35-save effort, but Dominik Hasek was very strong as well, finishing with a 22-save shutout. He was aided by the post and crossbar about four times, but made a number of big saves on his own. If that was any indication of how he'll play in the post-season, the Wings should be in fair shape.
Johan Franzen still cannot be stopped. Here's hoping he can keep it up in the post-season.
His game-winner took entirely too long to go into the net, though.
I so wanted to see Aaron Downey go with Jordin Tootoo. I understand why it didn't happen, balance of momentum and all that, but it would have been fun to see.
This hit by Dallas Drake on Rich Peverley kicked off a series of three notable hits in about 15 seconds, the next being Dan Hamhuis' hit on Aaron Downey. Downey went into the empty space between the benches, nearly taking out Larry Murphy.
This hit by Niklas Kronwall on Alexander Radulov was one of the highlights of the game. I love seeing him wreck people like that, but I also cringe at the sight as his injury history automatically comes to mind.
The win put the Wings within a point of clinching the President's Trophy. It would have been theirs last night had San Jose lost, but the Coyotes couldn't pull off the upset. If San Jose loses in regulation or extra time, or the Wings gain a single point in any of their three remaining games, Detroit clinches first place.
The Canucks leapfrogged Nashville last night after defeating Calgary 6-2 at home. The Predators are now one point out of the playoffs with 87. Edmonton is just two points behind Vancouver with two games remaining.
The Wings now have a couple days to rest up and prepare to face a Chicago team that's looking to make an improbable run at the playoffs Wednesday. The Hawks have two games against the Wings sandwiched around a game against the Predators to round out the season.
In injury news, the Freep reports that the team is waiting to see how Tomas Holmstrom feels after getting the cortisone shot on Friday. Evidently, he felt some pain Saturday, but the jury is still out on his status for the rest of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.
Also, Babcock told Helene St. James that Brad Stuart (broken finger) will be ready to go for the first round. I hope that means Game One.