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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: Mighty Dicks

The good: the Red Wings rallied from another 1-0 deficit, Jimmy Howard steadied himself after giving up a poor goal and the Red Wings were all of 24 seconds from taking the Ducks to overtime via out-shooting, out-hustling and out-working a mean, nasty Anaheim team.

The bad: with 27 seconds left in the game, Ryan Getzlaf very blatantly hooked/tripped Niklas Kronwall, skated toward the net, and as Jonthan Ericsson, who had a terrible game, stood and watched (and forced Howard to remain in his crease), Getzlaf roofed it.

No call. Ducks win 3-2, Babcock stands at the end of the bench after the game and the refs refuse to talk to him. Textbook hooking penalty yields a goal, negates a staggeringly good performance by Gustav Nyquist, Kyle Quincey of all people and what was at least a make-up-for-his-awful-stickhandling performance by Howard.

I don't know what to say here. I did quite a bit of swearing on Twitter that I don't regret, and I have absolutely no respect for that asshat baldy Getzlaf, Underwear Model Kesler or Corey "The Gimp" Perry, nor the chicken-shit game the Ducks play.

I can tell you that the CBC's Elliotte Friedman revealed that the Wings have asked the Buffalo Sabres for Tyler Myers, and when they were told, "Anthony Mantha," they said no.

I can also tell you that I fully understand that the Wings NEVER should have found themselves in this position, because Howard's gaffes can't result in goals against, Joakim Andersson has to finish, the Wings' PP went 0-for-2 and like 'em or hate 'em, the calls against the Wings were earned, so there was quite a bit of Detroit shooting itself in the skates throughout this game.

But the Wings at least earned a *#$%@& point here, and they didn't *#$%@& get it. Abdelkader, Helm and Nestrasil turned out to be a fantastic line (though I'm sure that Helm needs some Zoloft after losing Nyquist as a linemate), we finally saw Zetterberg shake off the, "Barely played since February" rust and again, of all people, Quincey was very good, DeKeyser and Smith overcame their defensive gaffes via some really wonderful puck movement and Glendening looks downright dangerous, which is awesome. Franzen's engaged, too, which is superb.

Regrettably, Riley and the Slovaks' line has been hiccup after hiccup, not due to being out-checked but because Tomas Jurco can't seem to find his hands after transitioning from Reebok gear to a Bauer endorsement from head to toe, Tatar's had a rough go and Sheahan's surrendered far too many chances to shoot to try and drop pass the puck (a la Nyquist at times).

So now the Wings get 3 days off to try and figure themselves out before playing Boston on Wednesday and going into Toronto for back-to-backs next Friday and Saturday, and at least Boston's 0-and-3 and plays Colorado on Monday.

The goals from this incredibly disappointing game:

Getzlaf capitalized on a dreadful turnover by Jimmy Howard, who needs to start wearing an "electric fence" collar that zaps him when he goes below the goal line, and all of 1:13 into the 2nd period, with Zetterberg, Franzen, Smith and Kronwall staring at the puck, Getzlaf puts it in to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead:

It took until 15:33 for Luke Glendening to steal the puck off a superb turnover-and-capitalize-off-the-change effort by Kronwall and Abdelkader, who advanced the puck to Glendening. Glen Danzig blazed toward Fredrik Andersen and fired a backhander home.

1:57 into the 3rd, the Wings took the lead off another bad change by the Ducks, with Zetterberg firing a smart, diagonal and away-from-the-bench pass to Nyquist, who faked a slapper and fired a wrister top shelf:

Regrettably another set of gaffes by Howard and company allowed Ryan Kesler to steal the puck from a Brendan Smith worrying too much about taking a hit, and with Helm's new linemates on ice, nobody picked Matt Beleskey coming off the bench. Bang bang, no chance for Howard as Beleskey tied on the bump-up shift--at 3:18 of the 3rd.

Now I will grant you that the Wings should've scored half a dozen times on Andersen and didn't, especially when Joakim Andersson all but played his way out of the lineup, I will grant you that Howard had his hiccups and I will grant you that the Wings allowed Getzlaf to get to the damn puck first, but this is a *#$%@& penalty:

Yep:

Now the Wings face an incredibly difficult task in taking at least 2 of 3 from Boston and Toronto, before embarking upon a 4-game road trip to Montreal (21st), Pittsburgh (23rd), Philadelphia (25th) and Washington (29th) before coming home to close out the month against LA...

And they'll have to skate up hill with better execution from the goal on out.

This one still sucks ass though. And the *#$%@& refs...They blew it.

Credit to the Mighty Dicks for doing what they do best, though--capitalizing when the breaks go their way. The Wings weren't able to get that done consistently over 60 minutes, and as such, they got burned.

Statistics:

Shots 29-26 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 9-5 in the 1st period but out-shot Anaheim 13-10 in the 2nd period and 11-7 in the 3rd period.

Special teams: Detroit went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time; Anaheim went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time, including 49 seconds of 4-on-3 time.

Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots for Detroit; Fredrik Andersen stopped 27 of 29 for Anaheim.

The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Nyquist, Glendening and Getzlaf.

The Wings' goals: Glendening (1) from Abdelkader (1) and Kronwall (1) at 15:33 of the 2nd period;

Nyquist (2) from Zetterberg (1) and Franzen (3) at 1:57 of the 3rd period.

Faceoffs 28-23 Anaheim  (Detroit won 45%);

Blocked shots 16-13 Anaheim;

Missed shots 6-4 Detroit (attempts 51-43 Detroit; Detroit fired 29 shots on the net and 22 wide/blocked);

Hits 26-19 Detroit;

Giveaways 9-4 Detroit;

Takeaways 2-0 Anaheim (possession changes 11-2 Anaheim).

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 5-and-10 (33%); Sheahan went 6-and-9 (40%); Glendening went 9-and-4 (69%); Helm went 3-and-3 (50%); Andersson lost his only draw; Franzen lost his only draw.

Shots: Zetterberg and Ericsson co-led the Wings with 4 shots; Smith and Helm had 3 shots; Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Andersson, Jurco and Glendening had 2 shots; Sheahan, Miller and Nestrasil had 1 shot.

Blocked attempts: Kronwall fired 3 shots into Anaheim players; Smith, Kindl and Quincey had 2 attempts blocked; Nyquist, Sheahan, Miller, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Kindl missed the net 2 times; Nyquist, Tatar, DeKeyser and Franzen missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Miller led the Wings with 5 hits; Abdelkader had 4 hits; Franzen had 3 hits; Smith, Sheahan, Jurco and Helm had 2 hits; Nyquist, Quincey, Zetterberg, Glendening, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Quincey had 3 giveaways; Ericsson had 2 giveaways; Smith, Nyquist, Jurco and Nestrasil had 1 giveaway.

Takeaways: The Wings had no takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Smith, Kindl, Ericsson and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Nyquist, Tatar, Quincey, Nestrasil and Kronwall blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Zetterberg, Glendening, Ericsson and Franzen took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished "even." Smith, Helm, Nestrasil and Kronwall finished at -1; Kindl, Quincey, Glendening and Franzen finished at +1.

Points: Nyquist and Glendening scored goals; Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 23:02 played; DeKeyser played 20:53; Zetterberg played 20:12;

Smith played 19:23; Quincey played 19:11; Franzen played 18:57;

Ericsson played 17:03; Kindl played 16:31; Nyquist played 16:29;

Abdelkader played 15:13; Miller played 15:00; Sheahan played 14:43;

Glendening played 14:29; Tatar played 14:16; Andersson played 13:47;

Jurco played 12:50; Helm played 10:43; Nestrasil played 9:38.

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I dunno, I wouldn’t want that called on my team. Kronwall falling was what allowed Getzlaf to get the puck.

Good enough game that I’m not going to get too worked up about it.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/11/14 at 09:57 PM ET

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Howard has to find a way to win games like this. Has to.

That said, I think they’re playing really well so far, better than I expected.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 10/11/14 at 10:03 PM ET

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Good for Kronwall. He’s right, and the booth called it - his foot hit the dasher. Incredible shot by Getzlaf as well. Lots of good things in this game (Abby, the D in general, most of the Swedes…). At worst, RW should be 3 and 2 by the end of next week, when many here thought that they would be 0-5 on account of a couple of roster players whose names end in a -y.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 10/11/14 at 10:10 PM ET

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What the hell was Ericsson doing just standing there on the goal.  He didn’t challenge Baldy at all.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 10/11/14 at 10:12 PM ET

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Saw a playoff like game out there that was ours except for 2 mental lapses by Jimmah and Kronner. Howard’s was obvious and Kronner has got to sweep the puck off Getzlafs stick instead of just stopping expecting the penalty call.  Gotta play to the whistle. Just sayin

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 10/11/14 at 10:19 PM ET

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Mickey did a wonderful job of telestrating the fact that Getzlaf HOOKED KRONWALL’s STICK. Regardless of whether there was a self-trip involved, Kronwall was HOOKED.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/11/14 at 10:20 PM ET

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Seemed to me like Kronwall fell because he lost control of the puck from the hook and tried to regain it.  Sorry, not buying that it was a good non-call.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 10/11/14 at 10:23 PM ET

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One is allowed to say both, “The Wings need to be much better from the goal on out” and “We wuz robbed.” Both are accurate.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/11/14 at 10:24 PM ET

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Mickey did a wonderful job of telestrating the fact that Getzlaf HOOKED KRONWALL’s STICK. Regardless of whether there was a self-trip involved, Kronwall was HOOKED.

You just know if it was the other way around, a penalty would have been called. Disgusting.

Posted by bigfrog on 10/11/14 at 10:26 PM ET

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Mickey did a wonderful job of telestrating the fact that Getzlaf HOOKED KRONWALL’s STICK. Regardless of whether there was a self-trip involved, Kronwall was HOOKED.

I think this just illustrates how FUBAR the NHL’s rules are, because as far as I’m concerned, taking someone’s stick out of a play with a “hooking” like motion is fine. You can’t hook the body.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/11/14 at 10:30 PM ET

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Mickey did a wonderful job of telestrating the fact that Getzlaf HOOKED KRONWALL’s STICK.

Honestly, in real time I thought it was a hook, but in Mickey’s painstaking attempt to call it a penalty the only thing I saw was Kronwall stumbling.

Posted by Garth on 10/11/14 at 10:32 PM ET

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Damn that Jimmie, please tell him to stay in the friggin net.  He’s the only goalie in the league that bad things happen when he handles the puck, geez somebody keep him in the net.  Kronwall, how many times do you have to learn to think of the situation, less than a minute left, move the damn puck, you know the Getzlaf line is on the ice, you don’t play the puck you move it hard.  Ducks gamble like that trip the guy take the puck go in and score 25 seconds left, no call.  They are laughing now.  Erics was useless also, stand there and watch the play in the corner, and not move as he cuts right in, come on know the situation, 25 seconds, he should of come out and tackled Getzlaff, penalty or not…... come on.  Otherwise, I was not impressed with the vets, the kids really make them look like hasbeens.  The kids played well enough to win if not at least get a point.  Too careless around Jimmie who looked awful, rebound man.  But that’s our defense got to outscore the other team. Wings had good flow.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 10/11/14 at 10:50 PM ET

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Outside of the Ducks getting a more than a few No Icing calls going their way, I was pretty happy with the Refs for 55 minutes.  Then they missed an Interference, a trip, and then…well, you know. 

All 4 goals against us are due to give-aways below the circles in the defensive end.  So, instead of Kenny shopping for a Puck-Moving defenseman, why don’t we try to fine a Puck-Handling D-man?

I vote to keep The Nyquist on the top line.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/11/14 at 10:54 PM ET

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I can think of a goalie that doesn’t make me nervous when he handles the puck Petr Mrazek. I really wish the Wings would give the best goaltender in the organization a chance to win the starting job.

Posted by voline on 10/11/14 at 11:07 PM ET

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George I have to disagree with you here and think Crimson Phoenix has it right above:  the replay showed Getzlaf’s stick to be extended and only “incidental” contact to Kronwall’s stick—the reason Kronwall was dumped was due to a self-trip when his skate hit the board.  If you read the rulebook on hooking it seems like the ref got it right.  Very unfortunate, but the bigger error on the play was indeed Ericsson getting frozen in place once Getzlaf accelerated toward the net.

It is too bad to lose a game like that of course ....but as you say the Wings had their chances earlier on and obviously gave up a couple of soft ones earlier. 

Posted by CCMoor5 on 10/11/14 at 11:08 PM ET

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Ok, I want to lay out all of my thoughts on that ending. I like to think I’ve got a rational view of it:

- Ericsson is in the correct position before Kronwall trips. He remains in position to cover the pass, and he doesn’t have time to get to the OTHER side of Howard in the time that play takes to happen. He’s almost stationary, he can’t just walk over.

- Saying “that’s called 99% of the time” is complete nonsense. We have ALL seen how broken the NHL’s refereeing has been for years. YEARS. You have no way of knowing what will be called in one game or another. You don’t even know what a ref might call from period to period. The entire thing is FUBAR, and it’s been my opinion for a while that the NHL would benefit from going over their rulebook again and redefining the way penalties are to be enforced.

- So, if that was really a hook, it happened at the same time as Kronwall tripping over the boards anyway. Him falling is why Getzlaf got the puck.

- And I wouldn’t want that hook called on MY team anyway. So I can’t say it should have been called on Getzlaf. Not unless there was a clear consistent enforcement of that type of play by the refs, but as I said above, they aren’t consistent.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/11/14 at 11:20 PM ET

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Oh, and I forgot:

Jimmy Howard is a good goalie. Ryan Getzlaf is a good scorer. One guy succeeded at what he was trying to do, one didn’t.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/11/14 at 11:20 PM ET

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Does anybody dislike Getzlaf as much as chelios back when he was with the cawks?

Posted by SlimChance on 10/11/14 at 11:26 PM ET

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Howard is still looking for his jock strap

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/11/14 at 11:26 PM ET

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and like ‘em or hate ‘em, the calls against the Wings were earned, so there was quite a bit of Detroit shooting itself in the skates throughout this game.


  Maybe so George and I don’t mind that so much BUT what about the NON calls against the shmucks ??????... if they’re gonna call them they need to call both ways ...  Z gets constantly mugged out there an no calls but he checks someone and he gets se4nt to the sin bin .... its like there is one set of rules for the NHL and a whole another set when certain teams play against the Red Wings with CERTAIN OFFICIALS ...  its BS and we all know it…. seriously is it too much to ask for balanced officiating?????

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 10/11/14 at 11:39 PM ET

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Getzlaf capitalized on a dreadful turnover by Jimmy Howard, who needs to start wearing an “electric fence” collar that zaps him when he goes below the goal line,

  lmaooooooooooo  LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 10/11/14 at 11:41 PM ET

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I say call up Razz and give Jimmy something to think about

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 10/11/14 at 11:48 PM ET

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Great effort. We were right there with the top 5 team in the league working on all cylinders. Franzen looks like a different person. Glendening was amazing including 9 of 13 faceoffs. Howard has to stay in net. Getzslaf was the best player on the ice.

 

Posted by VPalmer on 10/12/14 at 12:59 AM ET

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Wings deserved better, no doubt. Whatever. Game 2/82. They played well, taking the play to the *ucks for long stretches. Ref’s f’d one up, it will even out over the next 80….always does.  Overall, I was impressed with the game the Wings played. If they play like that the next 80, home ice isn’t out of the question….

Their one bugaboo seems to be bad turnovers in their end of the ice…it ALWAYS seems to end up behind Howard….so, stop turning the puck over, or Jimmy, could you PRETTY PLEASE bail out your d or yourself once in a while? thanks.

Posted by MNWing on 10/12/14 at 01:17 AM ET

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First, let me say that I absolutely hate the way hooking has been called for the past few years. But it’s been this way for a while now and Mick said it best that that call is made 99% of the time and that for sure would have been a call against us. The stick was in the hands before Kronner tripped over the boards. That hooking call has to be made. I’m glad Mick said that we got screwed, because we did. I have to admit that it was nice to see Babs go after the refs for a change and not just stand there chewing gum or drinking water.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 10/12/14 at 01:32 AM ET

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Why is anyone surprised by the OT result?

Anaheim has always been allowed to “play their game” by the league. Getzlaf even moreso.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 10/12/14 at 01:40 AM ET

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I watched the game and the million replays.  There was no hook or trip.  Kronwall fell flat on his face of his own volition, and the no1 pairing defensemen both took a giant crapola on the ice when the team needed them most.  Other than that, i was pretty happy with how the team handled Anaheim.  Upgrade the d and I think they’ve got something there.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/12/14 at 02:02 AM ET

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Game should never have been tied in the first place. 

The lance-shot from 14 would have been the perfect GWG, but our dmen keep gift wrapping chances with kisses.  That cannot continue.

Having said that, we are seeing some terrific things from the Wings, certainly more than I expected.  One goal is all it takes for 21 to bust down the dam. 

George, I’m not sure if it’s his new gear that has 26 looking somewhat awkward, but I’ll take your word for it.  That line will come through sooner or later, given it’s skating well. 

Smith regressed tonight, but that’s ok.

Jimmy needs to bail us out more

Most importantly, Nyquist is telling the “no superstars in the making” critics to suck it.  14 was downright brilliant.

Posted by ianfdunham on 10/12/14 at 02:22 AM ET

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give aways when you have control in the D zone kill you and thats what happened on all 3 plays. all 3 avoidable. all 3 looked like a repeat of a bunch of games last year we should have won but didnt.

Posted by brians neck on 10/12/14 at 02:37 AM ET

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The NHL still light years behind MLB in trying to get calls right.
Why is not in the rules by now that a bench boss can challenge a call or non-call?
Reason number 1M why I hate bettman/daly law firm and most of the NHL owners that support him.

Ericsson sucks fans bottom line. This huge defenseman had 0 hits in this game against one of the biggest teams in the NHL and had two giveaways. Why Babcock and Holland love this pylon is beyond my understanding.
Howard should be banned from leaving crease by Babs!

Besides all those negatives Glendening proving me wrong after I ripped him recently on this site by scoring. He has great speed and perhaps can stick around NHL for awhile but would rather have a Steve Ott or Matt Martin on our roster instead of Andersson.

No takeaways by Red Wings in this game! Pathetic.
Ducks lead NHL in goals scored last season but this team has wet behind the ears goalies and injuries in Heatley and Allen on D.
Still a solid effort against a much better team for the Red Wings.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 10/12/14 at 02:45 AM ET

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give aways when you have control in the D zone kill you and thats what happened on all 3 plays. all 3 avoidable. all 3 looked like a repeat of a bunch of games last year we should have won but didnt.

Precisely.  Dmen need to learn to eat the puck when there isn’t a play and someone is bearing down on them.

Posted by ianfdunham on 10/12/14 at 02:46 AM ET

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give aways when you have control in the D zone kill you and thats what happened on all 3 plays. all 3 avoidable. all 3 looked like a repeat of a bunch of games last year we should have won but didnt

Exactly.

Posted by w2j2 on 10/12/14 at 07:21 AM ET

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Some folks on here are thrilled at how well the Wings are playing.  I’d love to know they’re smoking.  Who cares about the bad calls from the refs?  When you make stupid plays like what I saw, when your goal tender can’t stop shots that Howie faced, or God forbid, try to handle the puck behind the net for pete’s sake, or when we don’t bother to contest opponents crashing the front of the crease, I say we got what we deserved.  I thought some of our plays were absolutely pathetic.  You can’t give a team like the Ducks those kind of opportunities over and over again and expect to win.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 10/12/14 at 08:39 AM ET

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Some folks on here are thrilled at how well the Wings are playing.  I’d love to know they’re smoking.

Based on the rest of your comment, the only comparatively mind-altering substance they’re on is an understanding of what they’re watching.

You don’t need drugs to expand your mind, maaaaaaaaan

[flies away on a rainbow made of farts]

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/12/14 at 09:21 AM ET

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Thanks, JJ,

I guess we just have differences of understanding of what we watched.  Maybe, I need to expand my mind more. I always have been a pessimistic old fart. Time to start seeing the glass as half-full, I guess.

Actually, we did have some good plays, but those weren’t enough to overcome the result. That’s my issue.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 10/12/14 at 10:40 AM ET

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I guess we just have differences of understanding of what we watched.  Maybe, I need to expand my mind more. I always have been a pessimistic old fart. Time to start seeing the glass as half-full, I guess.

Actually, we did have some good plays, but those weren’t enough to overcome the result. That’s my issue.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 10/12/14 at 10:40 AM ET

 

I thought the Wings looked more organized on their back end against the Ducks, despite the handful of bad errors, and better in general than in game 1.  I thought game one showed energy, but not much else you could replicate.

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/12/14 at 11:11 AM ET

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one huge thing is that for the first two games this team has come out playing. there is no 10 minute lull where they realize ‘oh i guess we should start now’ that was a BIG issue last year. I think weve actually played really well. It would be nice to put up 3 or 4 goals but i’m not sure if we can expect that from this team right now.

Posted by brians neck on 10/12/14 at 03:50 PM ET

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Yep good comments.  Here’s one, when you can get Franzen interested you know something is going right.  He has actually looked interested in playing these first two games.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 10/13/14 at 11:09 AM ET

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