Another comeback attempt falls flat.
Let me start off by saying that I didn’t have a chance to watch this game. I had to drive to Dyer (Your Maker), Indiana for a beer league game at 10 PM (Central Time). So, I had to listen to the game on XM – and was subjected to the Denver broadcast for the first period. And let me just say that…let me look up his name…Marc Moser is a total prat. I really hate broadcasters who act like every goal their team scores is the OT winner in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and every goal scored by the opposing team is marked by the enthusiasm of Ben Stein on Valium. That’s something hockey markets like Atlanta, Sunrise Florida, and Tampa Bay need to get their fans riled up – so put Denver in league with those guys.
…and I’m pretty sure I heard Moser call Matt Duchene, “Douchey” – which is a nickname I can certainly get behind.
Anyway, Jimmy had a rough first period. Pretty much our whole team did. Watching the actual goals on NHL on the Fly this morning, all of Denver’s goals were a direct result of Detroit mistakes. The first goal was a result of the D getting crossed up and fumbling the puck away right in front of our own net. The second was an odd man rush caused by Kronwall stepping up to make a big hit (Jimmy should have had that one). The third one went in off of Ericsson’s skate – a bad shift for him coming straight out of the penalty box. The fourth goal was another odd man rush which actually saw Zetterberg a little slow on the backcheck after “Douchey” managed to take the puck off him, and the last goal came off yet another odd man rush after Kris “King of the Clapper” Draper blew one wide on the far side.
Zetterberg was -3 in the first period.
But Z did manage to help his team battle back from a first period in which they let in four goals and saw Jimmy Howard get yanked. Zetterberg kept his point streak (16 straight games now) alive with a goal and an assist and Lidstrom is keeping his Norris and Hart hopes alive by adding two other helpers. Congrats to Mursak for netting his first goal off of a Holmstrom-esque rebound, and Rafalski is letting that newfound scoring touch slip away.
Basically, I think a banged up team on the final game of a long Western trip got victimized by a speedy and hungry young team. Denver jumped all over us and capitalized on every opportunity we gave them in that first period. It’s tough to win most games when you give up a pair of pairs in the first period.
All-in-all, we should still feel happy about this trip – aside from all the injuries, that is.