No such thing as chemistry, huh? Yanking three important players off the team won’t change anything, huh? Adding somebody who doesn’t know the system or any of the players with a month to go won’t hurt anything, huh?
This is the kind of thing I was talking about. Since the trade deadline, we’re 2-4, after going 11-2 the rest of February. I wavered a little on my fear that a trade would screw things up when Brad Richards got five assists in a rout against a bad team. But I didn’t abandon it. It’s building again.
Marty Turco plays much better when he’s not the only goalie. I know that it’s Detroit and for Turco, they’re in a different category of reasons why he collapses, but it hasn’t just been Detroit that’s been beating the Stars lately. They’ve been giving up a ton of goals in the third period over the last few games. I was kidding a while back when I mentioned they should just give up the first goal right away so they can start playing, but it really does seem like they do better when they’re behind than ahead.
I still like Brad Richards and I think they’ll eventually find a place for him, but if they don’t start gelling pretty soon, they’re going to let the Sharks win the Pacific. I’m not sure why he’s not back on a line with Nik Hagman and Jere Lehtinen. You know, that line where he got five assists and Hagman got his first career hat trick.
I thought the first two periods were very good. In the first, it seemed they were in Detroit’s end most of the time and had the puck to themselves. I was really feeling good about the game. When they went up 3-1 in the second, I was still feeling good, but the fact that there was so much time left made me nervous. And it turned out I was right.
They started out the third period with a goal on each of the first two shifts. The Wings went from behind to ahead in the first minute! Once they were ahead, I lost hope that they’d win it.
The officiating was a little suspect, but not as blatantly Wings-friendly as I’ve seen it before. My bar is pretty high, though, because it always seems pretty Wings-friendly. They like to “make a veteran play” or, as I like to call it, “dive.”
Well, the Detroit Red Wings are behind us now, for the regular season at least (I’m not going to discuss the possibility that they’ll meet in the playoffs; let’s wade that crick when we come to it).
Now, it’s all Pacific Division, all the time. We have two games each with the Ducks, Sharks, Kings, and Coyotoes. We have done well against the Ducks, but there’s always that chance that somebody’s throat might get cut by one of them. And we have done about average against the Sharks, whom we REALLY need to beat. I’d lump the Kings and the Coyotes together as easy, since they’re so far behind us, but while the Kings are usually a win, the Coyotes have been getting us lately.
Let’s win out, boys.