Monday, March 19, 2012

Why Can't The Wings Capitalize?

Final Score: Detroit: 3 - Capitals: 5

First off, I'd like to say it was kind of fun Tweeting during the game. I didn't really think it would be as much fun as it was, but it was. I'd like to give a shout out to whoever runs the @wingingitmotown Twitter feed for a bit of back and forth. Hoping to have more of it down the road. Good tiems.

It's hard to watch the Red Wings right now. When you can see the simmering of everything good and great about the players on the ice. You know what Datsyuk, Z-Berg, Kronner and Filppula are capable of. You see what Abbie, and "Goose" Nyquist and Brendan Smith could do and are so desperately trying to do this late in the season. And then you see the massive fuck ups and you die a little bit inside.

"DUUUUUUUUURRRRRRR!"
The Million Dollar Question: Does Kyle Quincy's goal to put the Wings on the board make up for him tripping over his own stupid feet and giving Washington the odd man rush for a goal? I really want to like Kyle Quincy. I really do. I want to believe the Wing's making a move for him around the trade deadline was going to be great for us in the long run. But it seems like he has Mikael Samuleson-Syndrome: Every game I watch him play in, he makes one colossal mistake that costs us a goal.

Did the Red Wings deserve to win tonight?
No. No they did not. Let's bullet point this bitch to figure out what went awry.

  • Okay Alexander Ovechkin, we get it. You can score all kinds of goals and are a highlight reel player. But how about you do that against a team that isn't the Red Wings; or better yet, try doing that in the second round of the play-offs... OHH! Too soon? 
  • The Production Line pointed out on Twitter that Danny Cleary's goal was his first in 21 games. While it's great to see Cleary get a goal, I can't help but hear in my head Detroit commentators saying that Cleary can play on any line. That's apparently true as long as "any line" comes before "that has no interest in scoring for 20 games". 
  • The Power Play finally scored. So there's good news. Also, the Wings scored 3 goals, the most goals they've scored in 6 games (The last being their 4-3 win over the Kings on March 9th) And to be honest, when it was 3-0, 3-1 and 4-1, especially come the third period, the Wings seemed to finally get the desperation legs moving and put together some solid opportunities and work ethic.
  • Fuck the refs. Fuck them in their stupid faces. This was the game winning goal. This. Right here. 
Surely he'll be called for tripping
No, I'll score the game winning goal.
And don't call me Shirely

  • Filppula had his legs full blown taken out form under him again, and in the last throws of trying to tie it up, Hudler couldn't get to the puck cleanly because he was forced to play a game that was a cross between grab ass and Red Rover. It was that the whole game. 

In the end, it's up to the Red Wings to show up, play the entire game, capitalize on their scoring chances, and lock down the opposing offense. As long as they are unwilling to do so, the rest of the season is going to hurt, and their playoff trip will be shorter than Vern Troyer in the Mariana Trench.

Time for the Awards Segment of Our Show:

The Bret Lebda Game Puck: Niklas Kronwall, who instead of learning something from the San Jose game, failed to keep the puck in several times, including a crucial moment at the end of the game when the Wings were rallying to tie it late in the 3rd period. Example: 

The Kris Draper Game Puck: Danny Cleary, for his valiant work towards the end of the game, scoring a goal that was dirtier than Ovechkin's broke ass grill. 

The Derian Hatcher Game Puck: Tomas Holmstrom because I can't for the life of me figure out what value this guy brings to the Wings anymore. Besides taking stupid penalties, and getting called for bullshit penalties, and doing absolutely nothing besides those two things. You can't tell me he has value on the power play. 

The First Ever O Captain, My Captain: Gustav Nyquist because the kid just plays like he wants to be there. Babcock put him on the top line with Clod Barfluzzie (props to my wife for coining the last name) and Datsyuk because he has faith in the guy. And I think he was playing up to expectations and then some. The Red Wings have some serious decisions to make with the likes of "Employee #44" and Danny Cleary. But I think the only decision they have to make with Nyquist is whose spot is he officially taking.

Before you go. Take one more look at this nonsense that is slightly harder to look at than a live video feed of  a donkey show featuring Courtney Love and another donkey.

"I mean, you can do that? You can kick a guy's skate out
right in front of the net? I blame Babcock for not teaching
Detroit the rules." -WIM



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