First things, sorry for neglecting the blog for the last few days, though I’m sure not many noticed. Due to so-called “cost cutting” and saving, my company decided to eliminate my job. So I’ve joined the not so envious ranks of the unemployed. It’s been interesting to say the least–vacillating between being pissed off as shit and being really motivated to find something else–better, and infinitely more awesome, where I won’t be bottle-necked. Ahem. Anyway, onto the game…
Are we ever going to win another game this season? Is Chris Osgood ever going to play another game again? Will we ever win in the shootout? These are life’s big questions right now.
Goals were as follows:
Detroit: Johan Franzen (pp; Zetterberg, Lidstrom); Jason Williams (Lebda, Holmstrom)
San Jose: Joe Thornton (Wallin, Boyle); Dwight Helminen (Mitchell, Nichol)
Shootout: SJS – Patrick Marleau
= FS Detroit has started doing the digital advertisements on the back glass behind the nets now. It was funny because there were a ton of people on Twitter who were in an uproar over people “paying good money” for those seats, only to have an ad plastered in front of them. People, they’re digital. They’re not actually, physically on the glass, they’re slapped on by FSD for television. MSG has been doing them for a while, and you really get used to them and start to notice them less. But, I can see were people are annoyed. I don’t really care one way or another.
+ The Wings looked like they had more jump than in other games, with some more crashing and banging around than we’ve seen. I still don’t understand why they can get up for these games against San Jose, which mean nothing in terms of tangible points and standings, but they let teams like Anaheim and Los Angeles walk all over them. This season seriously makes my brain hurt.
+ Franzen got his first goal since coming back, the first of the game, and on the Power Play. Shortly before that, he’d sort of whiffed on a shot and it looked like his timing was still a work in progress. But that PP goal was a beautiful snipe over Nabokov’s glove hand. Welcome back, Mule.
– Poor Nick, a linesman got dumped over the boards and into Nick’s lap.
= Meech gets a pass for missing on what looked like a stupidly easy shot on an open net, but upon replay it was revealed that his shot was redirected by a Shark player. Otherwise it really would have gone in. But he’s right back on my shit-list the minute he screws up again.
– Way to get up a goal about 35 seconds after scoring. Not exactly the type of shift you’re hoping for after scoring.
+ No shit, Holmstrom beat out Dan Boyle to negate an icing. Really. Boyle must have had dead legs, because otherwise there’s no way Homer outskates him.
+ Pavel was really riled up tonight. He may not have scored, and he did have two giveaways, HOWEVER, he was still everywhere, all over the ice, and playing physical. He had some chances, played gritty, and was just a beast all around. Would have been great to see him score–but then again, I want Pavel to score every single game. Unfortunately the world and the game doesn’t work that way. He’s still been one of the better Wings forwards, if you ask me, regardless of the lack of goals (so there, Brian).
– Nabokov is usually a sieve. Why not tonight? He’s usurped Turco for sole ownership of worst SV% versus the Wings. Except today he actually had to play fairly well.
+ Williams had a pretty little toe drag on his goal. I bet you he gets traded tomorrow. According to Ken Daniels, Holland is definitely making a roster move before the Olympic freeze, and I’ll just bet it’s Williams. Maybe he just upped his market value?
– I friggin hate the shootout. We’d have several more wins if it weren’t for finishing the game in such an artificial way.