Patrick Eaves no longer thinks about what happened, which is the best sign for him.
Eaves contributed an assist in Sunday's 2-1 shoot-out loss to the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena, his fifth point since rejoining the Wings' lineup.
Eaves' availability was in limbo for a long time after he suffered a concussion on Nov. 26, 2011, at Nashville, when he was hit in the side of the head by the puck.
"I don't really remember what that was like," Eaves said when asked if he feels more like his pre-concussion self. "I feel good out there, and I'm playing with two great players, and we're having fun."
Eaves has spent the last five games playing with Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar. The trio had the Wings' only goal against the Blackhawks, with Eaves taking the puck behind the net and handing off to Andersson, who found Tatar out front.
"It just was a simple play," coach Mike Babcock said of Eaves' work. "Good for him."
Henrik Zetterberg said, "He's been away for a year and comes back and plays well."
Eaves scored his first goal of the season Thursday at San Jose, when he deflected a shot off a shin pad. Going to high-traffic areas where the puck is bound to be zooming along doesn't bother Eaves, regardless of what happened that time in Nashville. "I'm not thinking about it," he said. "When I got cleared, I was cleared to play and go to the net."
Red Wings' Patrick Eaves puts concussion out of mind
Detroit Free Press | Mar 4