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Game 7 OT, baby!
Another low scoring but exciting Game 7 last night. Some quick thoughts on the Hawks and Wings:
The penalty call at the end of the third – wow. Not really sure what to say there. Jimmy Howard was sensational once again. Corey Crawford let out a few leaky rebounds but he made the stops when he needed to in regulation.
Brian Bickell is going to get a nice contract this summer. Great combination of skill, speed, size, and grit. Not many UFAs on the market like him (assuming he gets there).
Niklas Kronwall put in another heroic effort – what he has done this season helping to mitigate the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom has been tremendous. He's played like a true number one defenseman. Getting that opportunity is one thing, but taking advantage of it and earning it is something completely different.
Kronwall was the goat on the OT winner (gave up a huge gap, and the shot tipped off his stick), but he played a tremendous series otherwise.
He won 12 faceoffs and played 20 minutes, but Toews was a no-show offensively last night. Kane was good. Sharp was good. Shaw and Bickell were great. No sign of Toews for much of the game.
Gustav Nyquist is going to take over for Datsyuk and Zetterberg. The kid is an absolute stud – smart, crafty, not a liability defensively, and he always makes the right play with the puck on his stick.
Oh, and we told you about him four years ago:
Henrik Zetterberg has scored at least one goal in all 21 NHL postseason series' he has been a part of. Not too shabby.
Jonathan Quick is, once again, proving why he is one of the best goalies on the planet. He was sensational in Game 7 on Tuesday night for the Kings (Antti Niemi also had a great game).
From Puck Daddy:
Goaltenders suck the scoring out of hockey. It's their job. But there's a difference between preventing the puck from entering the net and sucking the fun out of the game. Jonathan Quick didn't allow a goal in the final two minutes of Game 7, but I defy you to tell me that the saves he was making – confidently, emphatically and athletically – weren't as thrilling as any Pavel Datsyuk stick-handling move or Sidney Crosby cross-ice pass.Niemi has solidified himself as an elite goalie after his performance in 2013 (regular season + playoffs). He's always had the talent, but he has never been as consistently spectacular as he was this past season.
San Jose's big guns were great, too. The Kings are simply a really, really good hockey team, and San Jose's depth was outscored and outplayed by LA's.