Thursday, April 1, 2010

Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 2: Post Game Snipes...

  • This was a good win, but there were way too many scary moments—Filppula and Franzen, I’m looking at you—when we were all crossing our fingers hoping the guys weren’t hurt. I could really do without that kind of stress in my life.
  • It was kind of weird watching this game alone at home. I’d watched three in a row (H2H, post H2H, and the alumni suite) out and about with real people. It was like I actually had a life for a while.
  • Henrik Zetterberg somehow ended up nearly getting a piggyback ride on Rick Nash. I still haven't quite figured out the physics involved, but it made me laugh.
  • At one point, Bertuzzi spiked the puck into the net like he was playing volleyball. He must have been hanging out with Helm, whose favorite sport other than hockey is apparently volleyball. Bert followed that up later by deflecting a puck in with his skate. I was fully convinced that his next attempt would be a header.
  • I was shocked that they overruled the no-goal call on Bert’s goal. That’s three calls in a row that have gone in the Wings’ favor—one against the Wild, one against Edmonton, and now this one. Those are the kinds of things you need to have going in your favor if you’re going to go anywhere in the playoffs. The kinds of things that were going against them early in the season.
  • Pavel Datsyuk’s goal was everything that a goal should be. There was a little bit of dangle and a whole lot of snipe. I don’t think watching that will ever get old. Ever. He made all three Jackets trying to defend against him look ridiculous, and Mason never had a chance on the shot. Nobody stops that one.
  • I think the general consensus is that Mule isn’t allowed to remove his skate until after the playoffs are over. It wouldn’t be hard. It would be just like those fake Zetterberg commercials last season.
GP Answers:
1. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but are the Wings going to play a full sixty minutes tonight? There should really be a sign in the locker room reminding the team of the length of a typical NHL game. Maybe by the “To whom much is given, much is expected” sign, which has always bothered me on some level. There’s something wrong with the grammar, but I can’t figure out how to fix it. It drives me crazy. Really.
I don’t know anything about the beginning of the game since my professor decided to keep us late tonight, but aside from the first few minutes of the second, what I saw looked pretty solid. They gave Columbus more chances than I would like, but there weren’t many stretches when the BJs were dominating.

2. The Wings are riding a season-high six game winning streak. Can they “make it seven?” See what I did there?
Don’t look now, but the Wings have now won seven games in a row. I’m so glad that my lame attempt at being punny wasn’t a jinx.

3. Can the boys contain noted destroyer of Wings, Rick Nash?
His only appearance on the scoresheet was for his trip to the penalty box in the third. He didn’t even get a hat trick tonight. spectacular.

Cookies and Cupcakes for Pavel Datsyuk
That was one of my favorite goals of the season. He also assisted on Homer’s early goal.

An Extra Stick Tap for Tomas Holmstrom
He was all over the place tonight. I love that guy.

Todd Bertuzzi gets the Golden Facepalm
You’re carrying a stick for a reason, sunshine.

What I Learned:
Maybe, just maybe, the Hockey Gods are starting to come back around to the Wings’ side.

1 comment:

  1. "To whom much is given, much is expected" is grammatically correct. It's awkward because the gapped direct object of the second clause is not the "to whom" of the first clause, but a "from whom." Once you get that you have to conjure up the "from" yourself, then it won't drive you as crazy.

    If that makes sense.