The defense showed up, played a dedicated 60 minutes and earned a tough win. It was a great way to end the road trip.
The game was actually a bit boring. I enjoyed the Hockey Night in Canada After Hours special more than the actual match. Steve Yzerman, general manager of Team Canada, was a guest on the show. He was talking about his preparation efforts in putting together Canada's roster for the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver. Yzerman has his work cut out and will have to be careful. He is sure to be thrown under the bus when Canada loses to a European team.
Yzerman said he was very pleased with Detroit's play Saturday. I am faithful he would rip the team if he didn't think they played well. I agree with Yzerman, they played much better Saturday. Defense was the difference. It's amazing what it can do.
Also, Flames forward Rene Bourque was showcased on After Hours. Bourque may be one of my favorite players in the league. He's a hard worker who never lets up. He's being rewarded this season. He was not drafted and played four great years at Wisconsin. If anyone remembers, he was the guy who almost died from taking a skate to the jugular while he was playing for Chicago last season. He spoke Saturday about his experience at the hospital after the incident.
"I remember before being put out for surgery, looking at all the doctors who seemed pretty shocked by the injury, and just hoping I would wake up the next morning," Bourque said.
That's intense. It's good to see a guy bounce back from such a freak, death-defying accident. I hope Yzerman considers Bourque for team Canada.
I watched a lot of hockey Saturday and there are a lot of issues I would like to address.
My next post will be a roundup of happenings around the league. It's the end of October - the first full month of NHL hockey. There have been many early surprises and letdowns around the league. What will we be discussing at the end of November?