I've been trying to post this for four days, so I apologize for the rather untimeliness. I still don't know what the problem is/was. I just hope it works this time.
Before you "bomb throwers" get started, I am going to take a neutral stance on this and just want to compare how various teams would have responded. Let's hear how your team would have responded. The Red Wings dominated the Colorado Avalanche last night and won 4 - 0. During a Detroit power play in the first period, Ian Laperriere crushed Nicklas Lidstrom. The hit was just plain solid and rocked Lidstrom to the core - so much that he was "woozy" and tried to hobble back to the bench without success. I felt the hit on my own couch, so I know it hurt. I know Aaron Downey and Laperriere came together for an altercation where a few blows were exchanged later in the first period. It took until the third period when the gloves were finally tossed aside and the proper message was sent. And for some, Downey "answered" the hit on Lidstrom. For others, that was Nicklas "Norris" Lidstrom who was run over and an immediate retaliation was in order. I know if Scott Neidermayer was hit that hard and "rung up" by Ian Laperriere with a clean hit, every Anaheim Ducks player on the ice, including the goaltender, would have been fighting each other to take the first shot at the hitter. I know the Red Wings were on the power play and taking a "bad" penalty would have been bad. I just know the Ducks would have taken the other road and gone for the instant fight rather than wait for a few minutes or a couple of periods to elapse before the restatement was made. What would your team do for the Captain
and best player on the team
in that instance?
Amen. Do goons have a place in this league? For entertainment purposes, sure. But as the Ducks have proven time and time again, you don't need a goon to solve problems every time. Ducks have a player or two on each line that is willing to stand up for their teammates. This has been a big criticism of the Wings, and I think it is valid. Take a run at one of our players, get run over. Simple message.