Games 79 & 80 – Detroit vs Ottawa – Saying Goodbye

Monday night was my last game at the Joe. I went with my father. I wouldn’t have been a hockey fan if not for him. Most of the games I’ve been to have been because of him. I saw the Wings beat the Stars in game one of the western conference finals with him back in 2008. I’ve sat up in a suite with him once. I’ve been down to the Legends club with him where I met Joe Kocur. I’ve had a lot of memories at the Joe with my Dad, and it was only fitting that I said goodbye to the building with him.

And man, was Monday’s game everything you could have asked for in a last hurrah.

Unlike tonight’s game.

The Good

There were some weird bounces helping them out for sure, but the offense was great on Monday. Larkin scored his first short handed goal on a crazy bounce, but man you should have seen the place go nuts. At the time we thought Nyquist had scored 2 but it turned out they had given one to Tatar. I’m going to say this now, I’ve been thinking it for awhile, but I think Nyquist is actually the better player than Tatar. I originally thought the other way but Nyquist brings a lot to the table beyond just goal scoring. He is making really good plays in the offensive zone and he forechecks so effectively that it drives play in a way a lot of other team members can’t reproduce. I am glad we haven’t tried to move him, and hope we don’t.

Svechnikov’s debut was good as well. He sprang Larking for a good rush and I thought he looked good on the forecheck. And when he went out there for the shootout after 7 rounds, and finally scored, the place exploded.

I went hoarse for a few moments there. What a debut. He looked solid tonight as well, but most of the team wasn’t anything to write home about.

Mrazek let in some shaky goals but in the OT and Shootout he was unfucking believable. Great job to pull out the W.

The Bad

I made a game where every time a bad play develops I say Dekeyser at the cat, the tv, the dark recesses of my soul, wherever. It’s sort of like a release valve. Otherwise all the anger bottles up and my heart explodes and I die. When I played this game at the Joe, the guy in front of my literally lost it after about the 5th time. He was cracking up so hard. So it really warmed my heart to see someone who could laugh in the cesspool that is DDK’s play right now.

As a bonus, he sucked tonight too and did not play that Karlsson goal well either.

The WTF?

This ones for my Dad.

In his own words: “How do you five hole yourself?”. Sometimes Dad, things just making you say what the fuck…


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