Well that was certainly short-lived. We’re back out of the playoffs, sitting at 9th.
Three unanswered goals by the Kings and they walked away with the win in a “must-win” for the Red Wings. I officially hate this season.
Goals were as follows:
Detroit: Valtteri Filppula (Cleary, Miller); Todd Bertuzzi (Rafalski, Lidstrom)
Los Angeles: Anze Kopitar (Richardson, Simmonds); Peter Harold (Simmonds, Kopitar); Brad Richardson (Parse, Kopitar)
+ The game started out ok. The Kings were controlling more of the play than I’d have liked to see, but I guess that was indicative of things to come. Flip’s goal was beautiful–he showed a lot of patience with the puck, waiting out Quick before taking the shot.
+ O’Halloran had a really questionable call that led to the Wings’ 5-3, but like I’m going to complain. Rafalski ripped a shot, and Bertuzzi deflected it in off his knee. I remember thinking a while back that I hadn’t seen Rafalski and Lidstrom switch it up on the blueline on the power play very much this season, but that’s exactly what they did here, and it paid off.
– I don’t know what the hell Howard was thinking by not covering up the puck right in front of him when Kopitar scored. He made the initial save, but didn’t cover the rebound and with the Kings all crashing the crease they scored. A bunch of people on Twitter all got on Ericsson for the goal because he didn’t control the puck in the zone which led to the turnover and the chance by the Kings. I’m not going to disagree that it was his fault on the play, but it’s not like it isn’t Howard’s, either. I just don’t get why Howard seems to get the benefit of the doubt on goals like that when all I can think of is, if he’s covered the puck, it never would have happened.
– And has been a disturbing trend all season, the Wings didn’t have a very strong shift after the goal and allowed the Kings to carry most of the play.
– Mickey Redmond made a comment about Lilja coming back “as soon as next week.” I don’t know if he’s been hanging out with Murph and John Keating (who I’m convinced is actually sounding drunker than Murph, if that’s even possible) at the bar beforehand, but Holland says it’s not true.
+ Stuart’s made at least 3 amazing saves this season, and he did it again tonight. The play went to review and shocker, we actually came out as benefiters of the call.
+ I like the Miller-Filppula-Cleary line. McCosky thinks Miller might be sticking around a bit longer, in favor of Leino. I would certainly like to see that happen.
+ Because I’ll never stop harping on about how I think the Western Conference is tougher and deeper than the Eastern, I was amused how Babcock said in an interview “the parity on our side” when talking about the Western Conference, rather than the parity in the league. Babs knows what’s up. The East is a joke, as a conference.
– I saw the Harold and Richardson goals coming from a mile away. When Harold scored the second for the Kings, all I could think was “here we go again.”
– That being said, what the hell happened to the shutdown 3rd period that the Wings used to be known for? What happened to the vaunted defense? They just are seemingly incapable of putting the skate to the throat and pressing down hard on games that matter. They know these are important, right? Why are they able to get up for games like San Jose, which, in the long run, don’t matter in the least, but they can’t things going for teams that maybe aren’t as acclaimed, but are a current challenge? They’re not chasing SJ, not by a long shot. They need to stop looking so far ahead and up the standings and put aside the notion that they need to show up San Jose, and instead focus on what’s right in front of them. Which was Los Angeles. Until they gave them a 3 point margin. 60 minutes, boys. Come on.
– I’ve decided I don’t like it when we score a few goals early on. The Wings just seem to sit back after that happens, and then the opposition inevitably mounts a comeback to either win or take it to OT, both of which are entirely unnecessary.
= I read an article long ago that said when people talk about their sports teams and it’s about something positive, they tend to use inclusive pronouns, like We and Us. When they’re complaining or discussing something negative they switch to They. It was really interesting, and I totally see myself doing it within the same paragraph (see last point).