May 5, 2010

Conference Semifinals, Game 3 -- Red Wings vs, Sharks


SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 - 3 DETROIT RED WINGS (OT)

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That's an all-time bummer of a Wings game. There's something particularly awful about losing for the third time in a series as opposed to the fourth; at least with the fourth you are dead and can't feel your feelings anymore. Right now I can still feel my skin frying and melting off of my body.

  • I felt good whenever Cleary, Hank and/or Fil were on the ice. I felt shaky when Pav, Mule and Homer were, mainly because that meant Scary Ass Joe Pavelski and his little swan diving friend were near. But also because Mule looks frustrated beyond recognition and it's impacting his game, and because Homer -- while playing his ass off to the tune of perhaps the best run of his career -- is a walking penalty threat. (I say walking because whatever it's called that Homer does on the ice cannot technically be called "skating".)
  • Wasn't surprised that Z's goal was called back, I thought it was about 50/50. If there were any doubts about the goal being waved off, they were soon erased when Mick called it a "good goal" 45 times before the official announcement. I still would've joined the bullshit chant anyway, just because it reminds me of my youth/college days. (i.e. like six months ago.)
  • From the beginning of the game, three things had me worried: Jimmy not looking sharp; Ericsson pinching like he thought he was Lebda thinking he was Paul Coffey; and too many guys taking outside shots without traffic in front of the net. Those three things may have combined to seal our playoff fate all in one fatal ten second span in OT.
  • Helm was about an inch away from taking a puck to the throat in the 2nd period. And now I will fill my biweekly quota of saying that I don't understand how people don't die all the time while playing this sport. With the razor blades attached to the people skating at like 30 mph and sticks everywhere and pucks flying all over the place .... logically it just doesn't make any fucking sense how anyone is alive after three hours of this shit.
  • Things from this game that a tiny portion of me will never get over: getting out-worked on the Sharks first goal with two seconds to go in the 1st (Most important moment of the game and possibly the season); the possibility of it being 4-0 after the 1st period given Z's missed penalty shot and possibly-kicked-in goal; and the thought of Jason Williams yelling "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!" as he was taking that Overtime slapshot.
  • The Homer interference penalty at end of 3rd: I'm caught in between angry at the call and angry at Homer. At this point it was almost four full games into this series, which is being called tightly. That much is obvious. And Homer decided that this was a good time to go completely belligerent. Again -- playing his ass off -- but he too looks a bit frustrated with how this series is going.
  • I loathe the feeling in my stomach waiting for OT to start. It's a combination of "I hate my life", being ripped on cocaine and having to poop.
  • The undefeated steak of TTD comes to an end. First loss all season that we've witnessed from the same room.
  • Lastly, Ernie Harwell. I'm terrible at this stuff, so I don't want to cloud it up with too many words. He's whatever is more than a legend in this state. Whether you're 10 or 100 he had an impact on your life as a baseball fan. Odds are, even if you hate baseball, you still thought that he was a pretty swell dude. The man's voice was synonymous with driving around on a summer day with the radio on. He was awesome.
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It starts with one. The Wings win Thursday, and then all the pressure is on the Sharks to win at home. Then, perhaps they remember that they are the Sharks and choke. Then we stomp out a game six victory at home because we came too far to lose at the Joe again. Then anything can happen in a Game 7.

Go Wings


12 comments:

Marlon said...

Thanks, TTD, for bringing a rare smile to my face in the post-game hours. Thanks for keeping that little glint of hope alive, too.

Jen said...

Living here in the SF bay area I was unfamiliar with Ernie Harwell, but the Sharks Radio broadcast played some of his calls from games, and also some of his 'filler' while calling games- he had a great voice. Sorry that the Detroit area lost him.

Graham said...

There's always hope, but the Wings have got to stop shooting themselves in the foot with poor decisions and bad penalties. It's very obvious the refs are calling everything, so stop giving them a reason to call a penalty.

I just don't want to see them get swept. Not by the Sharks. If this season is goig to end, at least let the home fans witness one more victory.

Vicky said...

"It's a combination of "I hate my life", being ripped on cocaine and having to poop." That. is. gold.

Jen, we should meet up, Kezars in SF on Thursday?

Sara said...

Really good stuff here. Loved the whole thing.

hockeychic said...

Thank you for the smile and laugh after a rough night. I was in tears after the news of Ernie broke and then the 3rd period and OT happened.

I would really like the Wings to stop shooting themselves in the foot. I was really puzzled as to why Lebda was in over Lilja. OK put Lebda in if you have to but couldn't you have taken Ericsson out instead?

I was thinking about the Z called off goal and I was trying to be rational. If that had been the Sharks, I would have been really mad if that had been called a good goal. If only he could have scored on the penalty shot....

Baroque said...

My feeling approaching overtime is more like my stomach is trying to crawl out of my mouth and evert itself like a starfish.

Or there are butterflies turning back into caterpillars in my lungs, and then they will crawl up my throat and start eating my brain.

Maybe both.

Gander said...

I'm very upset but I sure love the Bullshit chants. I don't care if it has grounds, I don't care if it's us or them doing it, and I like it for the very same reason as yours. It reminds me of "Ref you suck!" chants in college hockey. Well, CCHA refs get a lot of shit even though they're somewhat more objective than the NHL refs, but it's part of the fun!

Gander said...

I'm very upset but I sure love the Bullshit chants. I don't care if it has grounds, I don't care if it's us or them doing it, and I like it for the very same reason as yours. It reminds me of "Ref you suck!" chants in college hockey. Well, CCHA refs get a lot of shit even though they're somewhat more objective than the NHL refs, but it's part of the fun!

Gander said...

Sorry about the double comment. This comment feature doesn't like me.

Anonymous said...

Jeff - - OKWingnut

Red Wings lost - bad.

Ernie passes - punch to the nuts.

Puts things in perspective, doesn't it.

Nate A said...

and the thought of Jason Williams yelling "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!" as he was taking that Overtime slapshot.

You bastards. How dare you make me laugh after this tragedy.

Nice work.