Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg made his return from back surgery sooner than expected.
Had what happened to the Red Wings in Game 2 of their series against Boston happened in Game 1, coach Mike Babcock would be more worried.
Boston is the NHL’s best team, albeit one Detroit has defeated in three of four meetings this season.
Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.
The Detroit Red Wings beat the odds and made the playoffs for a 23rd straight season, and now comes the hard part.
Scotty Bowman had 411 wins with the Red Wings, and Jack Adams was the previous leader with 413.
The Detroit Red Wings would have gotten drummed out of the playoff picture a long time earlier had not a youth movement led by 24-year-old Gustav Nyquist kept the team in contention.
It all makes Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg a little jealous.
The rivalry between the Red Wings and the Avalanche, who combined for five Stanley Cups in seven years, hit a boiling point March 26, 1997.
The Blue Jackets pulled even with the Red Wings with 80 points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.