DETROIT RED WINGS 3 - 2 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
The Wings have now reached that odd, seemingly indeterminable number of points that magically awards them a playoff spot. They are at 95. By my math (which is awful, for what it's worth), they have a magic number of 3 to for-realsies clinch a spot in Mike Babcock's tournament.
We had a couple of injury scares with Flip's wrist and Mule's foot, so hopefully they're alright. What wasn't scary was Rick Nash; no points and only took two shots the entire night. He did try to check Hank into the Detroit River, but there were no casualties. I consider it a success whenever the Blue Jackets play a whole game and Nash hasn't killed somebody with one of his life-altering charges to the net.
Other thoughts ...
- Babcock now has a coaching record of 254-100-51. Totally missed the celebration for loss #100 the other day. So congratulations Mike. You didn't earn it, or something.
(Wait a minute .... you don't congratulate people for losing. That is backwards. Oh, what a silly blog!)
- Columbus coach Claude Noel looks like a substitute physics teacher. Every time they showed him it made me want to fold up a paper airplane and throw it at Dane Van Horn's head (I'm running with the assumption that you know Dane Van Horn is a kid I went to high school with, and that I was a bit of a class clown that made teachers want to get in their minivans and drive off a cliff and into a blue whale's mouth. That's a slight exaggeration, but so is your penis.)
- Mickey said that Datsyuk "has more moves than a monkey on a high wire". I don't know about you, but I'm just a tad uncomfortable with Mick haphazardly throwing out any phrase with the word "monkey" in it. It's the same feeling I get when my dad is around a big group of people after a few drinks and starts talking about the Middle East. I'm calling it now -- within five years he's going to be off the air because of a Jimmy the Greek-type moment.
- Homer probably gets so much credit for being an annoying shitbrick in front of the net that he isn't credited enough for his work in the corners, namely his ability to retrieve a 50/50 puck and get it back to the point or an open man. That's what he did on Datsyuk's power play goal, a wicked wrist shot that brough upon Ken Daniels' "SNIPED" call -- which honestly I don't hate like some of you do. I sort of enjoy it. Keep doing it, Ken. You go girl.
- #44's "Kick" goal: That one was so close to call that I'm surprised it was overturned. I don't know the specifics of the rule (I could look it up .... should I look it up? ...... probably ..... mehhhh) but it would seem to me that it doesn't matter if he was intending to redirect it or not, as long as there was some motion with the foot. However slight, he did appear to motion his foot into position to redirect it. Final verdict: fuck it! We scored!
- I'm surprised that R.J. Umberger got a 3-stars selection over Jimmy Howard, who had to mae around 10 reeeally good saves to keep the Wings in front. Columbus had chances off the rush the entire game it seemed.
- Watching this team play with a late lead feels like staring into the sun without eyelids.
- We'll be at the Joe to watch the all important Wings/Preds game on Saturday afternoon, and apparently we're getting treated to some sort of V.I.P., autograph-y post game thing. No idea what is going to come of that, but you'll know it went well if we come back screaming like an N'Sync fan who found a Timberlake pube outside of their tour bus.