Showing posts with label Niklas Kronwall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Niklas Kronwall. Show all posts

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Red Wings Will Be Just Fine

The Detroit Red Wings are in unfamiliar territory. People are beginning to talk, and some of that talk is mentioning the unthinkable, the Red Wings missing the playoffs. Most of this talk is stemming from the fact that the Red Wings lost Nicklas Lidstrom, the NHL's prefect human, after 20 seasons in Detroit.

Lidstrom has been a permanent fixture on the Red Wings' blue line, and his departure is obviously going to leave a sizable hole. But to say the clock has struck midnight on one of the most historic franchises in the NHL and that their reign has come to an end is a little much.

The Red Wings may have lost the best leader in the history of the NHL, but the remaining roster has plenty of leadership to spare.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Julylights: July 30th, Niklas Kronwall Punishes Jakub Voracek

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Yesterday we mentioned that if there was a winner of "Julylights" it would be Patrick Kane because of his multiple appearances on the countdown. On the other hand, if there was a loser selected, it would probably be Jakub Voracek, for making three appearances, but being on the wrong side of those highlights.

Previously, Voracek has gotten robbed of a for sure goal on the doorstep, and got run over by former captain and teammate, Mike Richards. Voracek does not have any better luck in today's highlight, thanks to Niklas Kronwall. (Video after the jump)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Video: Doughty Delivers Punishing Hit On Parise

Drew Doughty conitinued his stellar play in the Los Angeles Kings' game two win of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils. He scored the Kings' first goal of the game, unloaded three shots and registered the most time on ice for the Kings with just under 28 minutes.

Doughty also upped the physical aspect of his game, when he backed into the Devils' Stephen Gionta and Zach Parise. Since Doughty almost skated backwards into the Devils' forwards when he hit them with his back and side the two hits had a Niklas Kronwall type feel to them.

Of course they did not have the power that Kronwall usually has behind his hits, but they were good solid hits by the Kings' d-man. Check out the hit on Parise below.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Video: Kronwall Punishes Saulietis

Sweden finished Preliminary Round play at the World Championships with a 4-0 win over Latvia, and finished the round with six wins and second in their pool behind Russia. During the second period of the Swede's game against Latvia, Swedish defense-man, Niklas Kronwall, unleashed his token hip/back/shoulder check along the boards on Kaspars Saulietis.

The hit is very similar to the hit that Kronwall unleashed on Jakub Voracek during the NHL season, and I'm sure Voracek cringed a little when he saw this hit.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Video: Niklas Kronwall Destroys Jakub Voracek

There is that hit every season, a hit where every player but the skater who is about to get destroyed sees it coming. That hit come earlier tonight, when Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers skated up the side boards while reaching behind him to catch the puck.

That moment would cause any defenseman's eyes to light up. Which I'm sure happened to Kronwall when Voracek skated from the top of the face-off circle to about five feet inside the blue line with his head down. Here's the video.

It is no surprise that Voracek needed help off the ice. Voracek may miss some time because that hit had viscous power and would not surprise me if it leads to a concussion. Kronwall was not penalized on the play and will not face any suspension time because of the hit.

That was hitting 101, shoulder down, elbow tucked and an explosion through the opposing player. It unfortunate for Voracek that he had to be the lab rat for this presentation.