Game 42 – Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Came off the Bye Weak

Things that make the Wings look worse than normal:

  • Time off
  • Matinee games
  • Playing the Pens

OH LOOK ALL THREE OF THEM

The Good

Okay Abby’s goal was pretty good, I will admit that. Zetterberg had an awesome pass to Tatar for the shot and he just managed to get it through five hole on Jarry. I will give the credit where it is due, this was one good goal.

Sadly that was the only good thing to happen all game.

The Bad

WHAT IS DEFENSE? I’m asking, because I don’t know anymore. The smart part of my brain wants to say that it is a combination of positioning, stickwork, hockey smarts, and forechecking. The dumb part sees the Red Wings and goes “Oh defense must be sitting back and letting the other team dunk on you for 60 minutes”. That’s what this game was. This game was the Harlem Globetrotters dunking on the Washington Generals level of uneven play. I know they have Malkin and Kessel, but just look at some of these goals:

Let’s see, first goal Malkin alone in the slot. Second goal, Kessel on the beats Ericsson in the slot. Third goal Malkin on the rush alone in the slot. Fourth goal Crosby scores because Nielsen waited too long to NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE IN THE SLOT. A goalie cannot cover the full net from that angle.

LET ME REPEAT, RED WINGS.

A GOALIE. CANNOT. COVER THE FULL NET. FROM THAT ANGLE.

You should LEARN this because the only reason you win any games is by the grace of Jimmy Howard.

The WTF

One for fucking seven on the PowerPlay.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Why are you playing Kronwall on the PP over Daley? I don’t even like Daley but isn’t that the point of signing him to that contract? He’s an offensive defenseman but no let’s give one legged Niklas Kronwall almost six minutes powerplay time tonight. I’m not even giving the kids a pass. If you have Larkin, AA, Mantha, Frk, Bertuzzi: How are you not scoring goals on the goddamn powerplay. ONE FOR SEVEN. I expect better. You should expect better. We deserve to watch better play than this.

Something is rotten on this team.

Next Game

Another Matinee game tomorrow against another team that usually beats the shit out of us, so that should be fun.

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