You can measure a team by the way they play when their backs are against a wall. Make no mistake, this was a must win games for the Penguins and they responded. After the Wings went up 9-1 in shots, the Penguins rattled off 13 shots to Detroit’s 2. Talk about a roller coaster kind of game.
The Pens came with a lot of energy and strong work ethic for the first 2 periods. You have to hand it to them, because they would not lay down and die for the Wings.
Now, I don’t mean to get all huffy here, but the attitude from some Wings fans after the game last night is just dumb. People throwing out half assed comments calling the Wings players (yes, the team I love) goats and screwups. It just makes me shake my head in disgust.
Lets break down game 3 shall we?
Detroit played uninspired in the 1st and 2nd periods. The Wings didn’t have the intensity they had the first two games. The Penguins capitalized on their chances in this game unlike the last two. When we missed passes or had turnovers in the defensive zone in games 1 and 2, they didn’t capitalize on the chances. Lilja falling down resulting on that 2 on 0 chance on Ozzie. Rafalski’s errant pass in game 1 that resulted in a wide open chance by Malkin. All these opportunities were wiffed on by the Penguins. In game 3, they didn’t miss. Stuart’s pass that hit Zets skate and comes right out to the Penguins. Then the pinball bounce off of a few people and Crosby’s shot that beat Osgood. Tough luck on that one.
What about the third goal from behind the net? People bitching about Osgood screwing that one up. Blame blame blame being tossed around. I haven’t heard a single person other than me come out and ask, “Where is the defense?” Still, another opportunity they capitalized on.
Meantime, the Wings hit the post a few times. That wide open net that we missed in the 3rd period was crazy. How did we miss that one? It wasn’t like the goalie or a defenseman was there to stop it. The Wings just clutched their sticks a little too tight.
There were a TON of missed shots last night as well that didn’t hit the target. Come on Wings, put the puck on net. Force Fleury to give up some rebounds and scoring chances.
Point is that the Wings had their chances even though they had a bad 2 periods last night.
So, why did the Wings lose? Everyone is being tossed around as to blame. The only players that aren’t mentioned are Dats, Zets, and Lids. Even Babcock is getting grief for his decision to not roll the lines in a certain way. I don’t know what is worse. These fairweather fans that only come in to enjoy the Wings when they are playing well or the supposed “die hard fans” who rip the players and the team they love when they make mistakes or the puck bounces against them.
Instead of concentrating on Game 4, even this morning, the bitching continues. Calls for the heads of all the players except the franchise ones are loud and clear. Frankly, its disgusting.
Lets get past this game guys and gals. I predicted the Wings in 7 games and I am sticking to that prediction.