Kick'em When They're Down Edition: Detroit @ Nashville 4/2/2011
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04-03-2011, 12:09 AM
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Turning point was two lucky goals by Detroit. Has nothing to do with OB.
Forth line was benched cause they didnt manager the puck good, got that first goal on them on bad own zone play and was most of the time locked up in the own zone...
I would bench Smithson too cause he is been playing poor lately... Our best faceoff man lost two faceoffs successfully blew his coverage afterwards and they scored 3 and 4.
We could have this game if Ward scored on 3 perfect chances in third or we connect on late PPs.
Our PP still sucks. No real movement, two guys behind the goal line, D go down very rare. It is so frustrated most of the time, SK or Erat get the puck and the rest of the unit watch them skate around looking for the play...
I think we have more PP goals this season of the rush then of the setup.
I don't play hockey so I don't really understand all the ins and outs of strategy and playmaking, but it does seem like teams who are successful on the power play move the puck around a LOT faster than we do. It's bam-bam-bam with tape-to-tape passes, getting the defenders moving around so you can get a decent shot lane, at least that's what it looks like to me. The Preds on the other hand take for-e-ver to make a decision with the puck; by the time they decide who they're going to pass it to, the other team's PK has adjusted accordingly and any shooting lanes that may have been there before are gone....if the pass even makes it to its target. It's so frustrating!
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I agree with you on this. SOB did not cost us the game. If losing one fight is going to cost you a 3-0 lead then something is terribly amiss. I think people get it in their head that a guy makes bonehead plays and that's all he does all the time. Klein gets the same sort of deal. Suter got that deal when he was first brought up and it took him almost 2 years on any of the boards to rid him self of that label.
SOB brings one thing to the table for us on the blue line that we lack and that's a guy who protects Pekka night in and night out. He was the only guy out there tonight who was ready to drop the gloves. With Tootoo out, who amongst the forwards is going to drop them? No one. Klein, Weber and SOB will drop them if need be but we can't afford to lose Klein and Weber to 5 minutes in the box. They used their size on a few of those goals and drove to the net. As much as SOB can frustrate me at times, he does have size and the willingness to use it.
I like SOB usually but my issue is the timing of the 2nd fight. I haven't seen the quotes yet of him challenging Bertuzzi to that one, but if that's true it makes the fight even more stupid. Why would you drop the gloves when you just scored to make it 3-0 and your building is going crazy? We didn't need the momentum. We were owning them at that point. Why even take the chance that you might lose the fight and give any kind of life to the Wings' bench? That's why it surprises me so much that SOB would initiate that fight...I assumed Bertuzzi did it just to get his team fired up. What's SOB's motivation? Some personal vendetta? Wrong time for that nonsense.
That's why I like Toots these days...he's gotten a lot smarter about when to fight and stuff. I seriously doubt Toots would've dropped the gloves in the situation we were in, up 3-0 like that. We did miss his energy and toughness today though.
It's just so frustrating to not be able to close out games like this. I don't even feel comfortable with 3-goal leads anymore. The fact that we're doing this over and over scares me, considering what happened with Chicago last year. I so want this year to be the one where we finally break through the first round, but it's not gonna happen if we can't hone that killer instinct.
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