Kukla's Korner

Abel to Yzerman

Six Hours Later?  Our Goaltending Still Sucks

It hasn’t been long since I went to bed wondering how many of the 19 would reply to last night’s panic-post with claims that I’m overreacting…again.  I know there are a few of you who feel that a number one goalie who has sucked for more than a quarter of the seaon is no real reason to stress.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re one of those, then you aren’t as intelligent as me and MacLeod.

Coach Mike Babcock is obviously fed up with his team’s goaltending and he should be. Three straight games giving up a goal on the first shot against ... that alone would be bad. But tonight, the fat rebounds, the lack of hugging the post, the soft outside goals. The goaltending is so bad that it makes you forget about how soft the team defense was. If either Conklin or Osgood gets hot, Babcock will ride them.


As has become tradition, Osgood was unavailable for comment.  Or so it would seem since there are no quotes from him to be found. 

Uncle Mike?  Oh, he was around.

“It’s just a good thing they didn’t get any more shots,” said Babcock, whose team blew a three-goal third-period lead in a 7-6 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 11. “The bottom line is you win as a team and you lose as a team. Tonight we were able to get six and get a win.


“Tomorrow when I get up in the morning and look in the paper, it’ll be beautiful,” coach Mike Babcock said.

Depends on the paper.  The News? 


Guralnick, of course.  Nice shot Dave.  Hey, do you have four more just like it?  Yes, I thought you did.

Hey, want to see something even niftier?  Check this out.


Whew.  We’ll always have Turco I guess, eh?  Sloppy second to last for Ozzie.

Ahhhh…screw it.  Nothing to stress about.  It’s only December.  I’m sure things will improve.  Christmas is around the corner.  Happy children and snow and little puppies running around the house while Cinemax is on in the background.

Plus, Uncle Mike’s joking about it so it can’t be that bad.  Right?


“Last shot wins,” Wings coach Mike Babcock joked after the game.

Yeah.  Real funny.

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink


Be the first to comment.

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Abel to Yzerman

Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com