October 14, 2009

Game #5 -- Red Wings @ Sabres


BUFFALO SABRES 6 - 2 DETROIT RED WINGS
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That was one of the worst Red Wings efforts I've ever seen. Not everybody was guilty, but enough of them were to make this an awful game.

  • Osgood played pretty well for giving up five. Hard to consistently stop pucks when the men in front of you are boycotting the slot and crease area. How many times did you see a Sabre in Ozzie's face? 70? Like every possession?
  • Babcock's little line juggling ended at the start of the 3rd when he put the Pav/Hank/Homer line back together, and -- gasp -- they scored a goal together.
  • Kronwall started the game well, laid a colossal hit, picked up an assist .... and then ended up a minus 2 thanks to a disastrous 2nd period. I can only describe his give-away on Thomas Vanek's second goal as maniacally retarded.
  • I've seen few Wings games with more botched passes and breakouts as this one. Even the simple passes, like a matter of 6 or 7 feet, seemed oddly challenging.
  • I've seen three out of five Wings games -- all losses. Total of 15 goals against in those three games. After a whole summer of trying to remain calm and talk up the "motivation" angle and everything else, I have yet to see THE Red Wings show up. It's a little bothersome. Still very early though .... (Count this as my bid for the "Gamewrecker" title.)
  • Datsyuk could be the most talented player in the world, and tonight he looked absolutely high. With a sluggish 2-2 record and an obvious call to pick up the slack with Franzen out (and Hossa and Hudler and Samuelsson and Kopecky), I barely noticed him.
  • I liked what I saw out of Filppula, Leino and Helm (who wasn't playing like a guy coming off a month-long injury stint. Not that he knows how to do that anyway). I just enjoy watching Fil and Leino play together. Rumor has it that they attribute much of their good chemsitry to countless hours of Pictionary.
  • Jimmy Howard didn't let in nine goals like I was sure he would, so that's good I guess. (God I just want to hit the reset button on this fucking season.)
  • Honest question: do you think Derek Meech is better than Chris Chelios right now?
  • Another question: Am I crazy, or did I hear Darren Eliot say that Steve Yzerman was born in Detroit? Versus showed the Captain up in the press box, then showed a couple of his highlights, and that's about when I thought I heard it. Could be wrong, since I didn't see anyone else bring this up. But this would be hilarious if it actually happened. Please tell me I'm not crazy.

25 comments:

Michael Petrella said...

I thought I heard that from Eliot, too. He said that Yzerman "grew up in Detroit," then proceeded to explain he was just a kid when he joined the team. A bit of a stretch, but it SORTA makes sense the second go-around on the DVR.

cmk said...

Started watching the game while talking to The Youngest--almost missed my Baby Boy score his goal, which was the highlight of the game for me--and drifted in and out of watching for most of the rest. There was nothing happening that kept my attention and I kept hoping I was sleeping and having a very bad dream. And it made things even worse that Versus was carrying the game--CAN'T concentrate while those yutzes are talking. I am going to fall asleep repeating the mantra 'cancel, cancel'--hopefully this WILL make me forget the whole thing.

RL said...

I had to watch this abortion of an NHL hockey game on the internet cause VS and Directv are angry at each other. The announcer said Mr.19 grew up in Detroit cause he arrived at the age of 18. Ok....

Animal Drew said...

The REAL news from last night's Red Wings games is that Dany Heatley is going to score 70 goals this season.

J.J. from Kansas said...

*thump*

I SAID STOP REPEATING IT!

John W. said...

Eliot also said that having a forward on the point on the powerplay was new for them. Yeah, like 10 years ago. Sammy was there the last 4 or so years and Williams was there before that. But yeah, it's new...

Triple Deke Staff said...

Ah, ok. After he said "grew up in Detroit", me and my friend watching it were like "WWWHHAAAAT" and didn't hear anything after that. Mildly disappointing, but I'll get over it.
It does slightly make up for it that he said a forward on the point is new to the Wings.

- Tyler

patleb940 said...

What a shitty game. I turned my TV off after they pulled Osgood to replace him with Howard, thinking it was only going to get worse. Fortunately (what an odd word to write in such circumstances!), he only allowed one more goal. I never expected them to play such a horrid defensive game (or was I?).

Chris in Hockey Hell said...

I called this a "lubeless skullfuck of a game" last night on the live blog. Waking up today, I don't feel any less sure about that statement. I don't know why every team in the league lately seem to have more "team speed" than us. It's mind-bottling to me. Our back-checkers look like they're skating in dog shit.

Triple Deke Staff said...

"A lubeless skullfuck". Holy hell. I feel like I'm falling behind -- there's too many phrases I'm dying to steal, many of which I've read from you people in the last one or two weeks. One day I'm going to do an entire Mad Libs-style post with commenter catch phrases and pass it off as "sampling".

Now that I've read the aforementioned liveblog, I'm deeply regretting that I missed the Matt Barnaby dyslexia-thon. "Analyze Shit" is one of the funnier things I've ever read, JJ.

- Tyler

J.J. from Kansas said...

By the time Yzerman got brought up, Eliot could have said that Yzerman was just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroooooit and I wouldn't have batted an eyelash.

Osrt said...

You clearly underestimate the magnitude of Eliot's intelligence. He was clearly alluding to the giant mural of The Captain in Detroit that said he was "adopted" by the city in 1983. Duh. And this is totally the first year we've had a forward on the point. I mean a real forward, a manly man like Williams not that pusfoot Fedorov.

If you have an erection lasting more than four hours, please see yesterday's game for instant limp mode. Your shiny blue balls will thank you.

Animal Drew said...

"It's mind-bottling to me. Our back-checkers look like they're skating in dog shit."

Damn, it's got Chris's mind all bottled up!

Animal Drew said...

Dany Heatley will score 70 goals this season.

Triple Deke Staff said...

If Heatley scores 70, Brent will post a picture of his taint. Mark it down. (That is, if Brent remembers TTD's existence and hasn't gone off to start his own Red Wings Livejournal or something.)

- Tyler

J.J. from Kansas said...

*thump*

wha?

I'm going to see how far across the innernets I can run this joke.

Triple Deke Staff said...

I swear he doesn't pay me to link his site as much as I do, but read Kyle's dissertation of last night's shit stain at BDS if you haven't already. I swear to God reading his stuff makes me want to stop writing. It's too good.

- Tyler

Baroque said...

I was out last evening and busy at work today, so this is the first time I've really had a chance to roll my eyeballs across my regular blog rotation - and I think I am grateful that I didn't see the game at all.

Although I have no idea what is up with some of these jokes.

J.J. from Kansas said...

My brain figures that the concept of a certain recent San Jose acquisition scoring 70 goals this season in the Pacific division obviously didn't take any cogent thought so it figures upon hearing it that none is needed so it temporarily shuts down.

Stupid is as Keith Jones predicts, my mama always said.

As for Matt Barnaby being dyslexic? You had to be there.

hockeychic said...

I also missed the game due to Versus/DirecTV. I fired off another angry email to DirecTV and they came back with more credits. I'm just going to keep harassing them every time I miss a Wings game.

I think I'm actually glad I missed this game. It just sounds horrendous. Was it worse than the 8-1 shellacking we got last year? Don't answer, I don't want to know.

Kraig said...

"I swear to God reading his stuff makes me want to stop writing."

Please don't joke about this.

Triple Deke Staff said...

Apparently our 10 to 12 person readership isn't large enough for people to avoid naming their blog The Triple Deke.

Chris said...

I have 3 months of law school done...want me to take up the case?

Triple Deke Staff said...

3 months sounds like enough education to take on a case that would be this meaningless. You are hired.

Chris said...

Good thing for you that means that I can only legally charge in Keystone 30 packs.