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Well, the game is over.  The Wingnuts are already calling for the heads of everyone from the head coach, goaltender, forwards, and defense.  The only two people that aren’t subject to criticism are Lindstrom and Yzerman.  Everyone else is going to be under the microscope for the next 4 months.

I am pretty disappointed in the Wings in the postseason this year.  As I said before, Edmonton was doing every little thing to win the series.  They were dropping to block shots.  They were standing up our offense and challenging the shooter every time.  Their goaltending was excellent and even a little lucky at times.  Our offense scored 7 even strength goals in over 18 periods of playoff hockey.  Our defense wasn’t challenging as much as they should have.  Lastly, Legacy is going to take a brunt of the blame and he should for some of the goals he let in.  However, it wasn’t all his fault.  There is plenty of blame to go around.

Its not all bad being an overall hockey fan though.  There is still a lot of good hockey action to watch.  Anaheim and Calgary going to game 7 tomorrow night.  Two more game 6s tonight.  Man, its going to be a great playoff run for these other teams and I am going to be watching a lot of the games.

As a hockey fan, I just want to see a few things happen for the Wings.

1.  Yzerman to return for one more season.  I get the impression that it won’t happen, but I can be hopeful that it does.

2.  Sign Lindstrom.  The guy is a defensive machine and should be in a Red Wing uniform for life.

3.  Go after a top flight goaltender for next season?  Thats a good question.  I don’t think Luongo will be available as he is a restricted free agent and the price to trade for him will be quite high.  As for who would be available, thats a tough call.  Sticking with Legacy wouldn’t be bad either though.  He would be signed for less and we could spend more going after better talent up front.  I think Legacy deserves another shot in a Red Wing uniform.  Jimmy Howard should get the backup role starting next season though.  He deserves a shot at the NHL level on a consistant basis.

4.  Keep Shanny.  He scored 40 goals this season and we know he can turn it up in the post season.

I can’t think of anything else to add right now, but thats a good start.

Man, am I glad that hockey starts up for me next week.

It’s over

Not the refs fault thats for sure.  You can blame the Wings for allowing Edmonton to waltz on in with the puck with a minute left to go in the game?  Hemsky was all alone in front for Christs sake.  Edmonton played a hell of a series.  All the intangibles were on their side.  They were blocking shots and they were really physical on the offense of the Red Wings.

Sorry, I really can’t agree with the majority of the Wingnuts.  I may be a Wings fan, but I am a realist.  Its tough for Wings fans to swallow now, but in about 4 months, you look back on it and you will see the Wings had no business winning this series they way they played.  Edmonton worked their asses off and they deserved the series win.

The miscues were horrible.  Look at Pisiani who scored 2 goals.  Look at the defensive breakdown where they let a forward just skate into the zone untouched past 4 guys!  Incredible.  Hemsky was wide open on that last goal for crying out loud!  Very sad.

Nice job Oilers, great series.  I just wish the Wings would have put up a little more of a desperation fight.