April 30, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Niklas Kronwall Back To His Old Ways

The Detroit Red Wings took another nail-biter into overtime Monday night at Joe Louis Arena and won it 3-2 after a great play by Gustav Nyquist. He charged the net and got not only Jonas Hiller out of the play, but both defensemen. That put the puck right in front of the net for Damien Brunner to bury it. That was supposed to be the biggest play of the game. For obvious reasons, it was the game-winning goal. But ask any fan who was leaving Joe Louis Arena what their favorite play was, they would definitely mention Mr. Niklas Kronwall.

With eight minutes and 43 seconds left in the first period, Anaheim’s Emerson Etem knocked the puck forward to let Kyle Palmieri take off with it. Kronwall, coming off of the bench before Etem got the pass off, had other plans for the puck carrier. As the camera panned across center ice, like it does when a player takes it across the neutral zone, you see Palmieri approaching the center line and then you see a blur. It’s Niklas Kronwall leveling him and forcing the turnover. So why is this hit so important?

 Niklas Kronwall is the power hitter for the Detroit Red Wings. He puts fear into forwards’ eyes when they skate along the boards. These hits are a key play to help the Wings pick up their spirits. A hit like this one, I believe, lifted the Red Wings over the Ducks that night. Every Kronwall hit is significant to the game. The best part about it is the opposing player (the victim if you will) has no idea Kronwall is anywhere near him. This is mainly because of Kronwall’s speed he acquires while setting up the hit.

My older brother brought up a great point to this hit. This hit is necessary more often. He’s complained for I don’t know how long about Kronwall not Kronwalling someone. This hit lifted the spirit of my brother, knowing that the game was now the Red Wings’ game.

This hit is needed more often. But that’s just my opinion. What do you, the reader’s, think? Should this hit occur more often, or is it a total waste of time? I would really like some feedback, so go ahead and fill up the comment box below and tell me what you think. You can also email us at [email protected], follow us on Twitter @TMMotS, and follow me @NardoneDylan. Your input is greatly appreciated.

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