EDMONTON OILERS 4 - 1 DETROIT RED WINGS
Postgame -- Mike Babcock:
"We weren't any good tonight."
"No excuse for what happened."
"It's unacceptable. It's un-Red Wing-like."
And this answer to Ericsson's injury status was exceptionally heavy:
""I don't know. I don't even have the courage to go in there and ask."
Even though he's pretty candid and regularly un-cliche, that one shook me when I heard him say it. For just a second, that steely exterior had a huge, revealing crack in it. You could hear the disbelief in his voice. Like us, Babs can't believe all of these injuries.
Early reports were saying that it was Jonny's knee and not his foot or ankle, and that it wasn't as serious as it initially looked (he's day to day). We'll see. I'm not getting my hopes up.
- The Wings were outshot 36-28, and were outshot in every period. They played almost exclusively from the perimeter and drew all of one penalty. 12 give-aways. Two goals scored against our own goalie. If you aren't getting the picture, let me sum it up for you: There weren't enough penises to go around for how much they sucked.
- Was Jimmy Howard bad? Was he unlucky? Does he hate black people? I don't have the answers. It feels like every one of these iffy goalie games end up with us having this same stupid discussion. Somebody says he was bad, somebody says it's too hard to adjust to those redirections, and then my dad will inevitably walk into the room, see Jimmy and say, "You know, he looks like somebody that hates black people." Ok that last one only happened once, but there's a legitimate chance that it could happen again.
- Ericsson looked weak on a couple of occasions, like when Robert Nilsson took his virginity on the second Edmonton goal. But it seemed like he stayed confident, continuing to rush with the puck and pretend that he was an un-shitty Brett Lebda. I like that he doesn't seem to get rattled.
TOP THREE WINGS
#3 ~ Justin Abdelkader .... He looked like the guy with the most passion and the most jump. He had a team-high six hits while only two guys had less ice time.
#2 ~ Dan Cleary .... He scored the goal. The only fucking goal of the game against this smug douche bag.
#1 ~ Nick Lidstrom .... Whatever else he did, I don't care. His long bomb assist at the end of the 1st period .... how amazing was that? With under five seconds to go at his own goal line, Nick fires a flying saucer pass