Game 73 – Tampa Bay @ Detroit – Fight Night Round 2

I don’t know if you know this, but I hate Tampa Bay. They are my new Avalanche. I wish we could make the playoffs so we could keep trying to knock them out. Every game of them evokes the same feelings I used to have.

The Good

Well Zetterberg’s goal was a straight up knuckle puck that would have been at home in the Mighty Ducks but I’m not going to spend the time talking about how unbelievably good at hockey our Captain is. Let’s talk about what we’re here for.




I’m not one of those people who needs fighting in hockey, if it gets phased out I’ll be sad but I understand trying to get it out. However, this is unbelievably cathartic of a fight that I wanted, especially after losing the chance for one against Colorado. Even more so, this was the young guys standing up and showing that they may be skillful guys but they’ll be damned if they’re going to get pushed around. That’s hockey. That’s true grit. A player who is skillful and good at hockey but won’t take shit from no one.

Regardless of this season, I am so excited for the future with Larkin, AA, and Mantha.

The Bad

DDK was bad again on Palat’s game tying goal at the end of the 3rd. This off season will be huge for him. He needs to reevaluate where he is as a player and figure out a way to get his head in the game. This season is a wash for him and he is easily in conversation for worst defenseman with Kronwall who at least has the excuse of having one knee and being older. DDK has none. But I don’t think a player can be defined by one season. If that were the case then most of this team would be garbage and I certainly don’t believe that. He needs a bounce back year next season.

The started slow again like they have about half the games this season.

Otherwise, I think this team did good. They stood up for themselves, held a lead against a playoff bubble team for almost the whole game, and only let in 2 goals in the end. I’ve seen a lot of worse efforts from the team and honestly at this point in the season, I’m tired of nitpicking.


Okay, NHL, we gotta talk.

I’ve flip flopped on this like half a dozen times already on whether or not I think it should be called given the context of penalties in the NHL. But then I realized, that’s not the problem. The problem is the fact that context affects whether or not penalties are called. Hooks, trips, slashes, interference, high sticks. These are all pretty black and white penalties. But too often the refs are looking directly at the play and they don’t call it. The only conclusion I can draw is they are consciously choosing not to call things.

And that’s bullshit.

I don’t want games to be decided by a call or non call. I want games to be decided by HOCKEY. That’s why I watch HOCKEY. You gotta do something about this NHL. I can’t remember the last time anything came out of a bad call. When was the last time that a ref was publicly rebuked or punished in some way for fucking up a game? I can’t think of anything.

Fix it. These guys are paid to do their jobs right. If I fucked up at work this much, I’d be shitcanned in a heartbeat.

Next Game

TRIPLE HEADER. Starts Sunday against Carolina at 12:30. I’ve never seen a back to back to back before. Gonna be crazy on Tuesday.

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