NASHVILLE PREDATORS 3 - 1 DETROIT RED WINGS
Just past the quarter pole, the Wings have lost as many as they have won. Four of those losses were New-NHL-happy-time-hand-job losses, but they still go in the books as defeats. The Preds are now ahead of us in the Central standings, and only the Blues (remember them?) are worse off. To temper that thought, I will point out that the '97 Wings (38-26-18) actually won less than half their games and proceeded to have the best playoff run of any of the Wings' championship teams.
None of those teams had Todd Bertuzzi though. (I had to say his name instead of '#44' so I wouldn't get the trolling dick who goes "yuh huh they had Anders Eriksson".)
Tonight was an awesome performance by #44 in the art of loafing, reaching, not skating, not hitting, and not needing a cup to protect what were once human testicles. Those were given away a long time ago after he did a very bad thing and lost everything that made him a dominant power forward.
For those in the "They're not paying him $1.5 million to be a dominant power forward" camp: have you seen Pavel Datsyuk lately? He hasn't had an assist in four years. On every possession he drags the puck into the zone, drifts off toward the side boards and puts a gun in his mouth. The only thing keeping him from pulling the trigger is knowing that Brad McCrimmon's wife has it worse. Tonight I watched him carry the puck through the neutral zone, and when he looked up and saw #44 on his wing, he traded himself to New Jersey. This is fucking depressing to watch.
#44 isn't making elite power forward money, but he sure as shit isn't supposed to be the personification of AIDS. That's what he is. AIDS. Sorry to trivialize it by reducing it to #44's level, but they are now the same thing. Mike Babcock gave Pavel Datsyuk AIDS when he bent him over and stuck in #44 and now this is one big dying gay mess. A guy who I am wrongly comparing to a horrible disease got seven more minutes of TOI than Darren Helm tonight. Change something, for fuck's sake.
TOP THREE WINGS:
#3 ~ I just ..... I don't know. Not Bertuzzi. There. If you weren't him, you win the day.
#2 ~ Drew Miller ... First goal as a Wing. I like him. Solid guy to have in the bottom six.
#1 ~ Chris Osgood ... Few games have had that many "wow" saves from Ozzie. Unfortunately he had no help for the first two periods and he ends up losing by two goals. His save late in the 3rd right before the final goal was preposterous. Without him the score is like 12-1.
Fucking Georges Laraque.