I had a bad feeling about this game. On paper, there was no way the defending Stanley Cup Champions was going to lose to the worst team in the league. But a voice in the back of my head kept telling me this had the potential to be a shitshow. I hate it when that voice is right.
I’m not even going to sit here and analyze this game. It was painful to watch - the Hawks came out to play for 20 of 60 minutes. Are they tired? Do they give a shit? Have the injuries taken their toll? I don’t care, and I don’t want excuses. Go out there and play like you’re being paid to do. Here is one of the biggest laughingstocks in the league in the Devils coming into *your* house with one of their best players on the shelf (Parise) and their future HOF goaltender going out mid-game with a boo-boo and this is the best you can do? Please. I said before the season started that we’d probably be around .500 until the holidays. That’s where we’re at now, but I am frustrated with the WAY we’re losing. Sloppy play in your own zone. Stupid penalties. Trying to cherry pick when you don’t even have possession yet. Late goals given up at the end of periods and the game. Getting tossed around. Waiting too long to shoot, inviting a shot block. I could go on but I won’t. We’re beating ourselves. That is unacceptable.
For fucks sake, I have tickets for Sunday’s game. Get it together.
I haven’t done “awards” in the last few games. Maybe that’s the jinx…
Viktor was the lone shining star with 3 points (1G, 2A) on the evening. The kid’s fast and has a nose for the puck. The big issue I have with him is he is a wuss when taking the body and tends to avoid contact at all costs. This he must improve upon. Stalberg has 7 points thus far which is pretty good considering you’re only being played 15 minutes a night if you’re lucky.
The Jar-Jar Binks Award (Most Annoying/Asinine Person Or Object)
I hoped in my last post the reason we sent Potulny & Smith back to Rockford wasn’t so we could put a middling defenseman (Hendry) and a human pylon (Scott) at forward. That’s exactly what Q did. The reason? Who the fuck knows. It may be for cap reasons - The Fifth Feather has a spot on post regarding that angle. I don’t see what the point is in saving what amounts to chump change now, when we could be on the cusp of not even making the playoffs at the trade deadline. What BURNS me, is Q dressed these asshats at forward and didn’t even play them 4 minutes apiece. Really? Why bother even dressing a fourth line then? If they’re so bad to get such limited ice team WHY DIDN’T YOU KEEP THE ROCKFORD GUYS? The effect of a non-existent fourth line is increased minutes and pressure to score on your other three lines. We saw how terrible the top two lines were last night. Fuck you, Q. Oh and an honorable mention goes to Patrick Sharp and his lovely -5 last night. Yuck.
At least Captain Serious blessed us with what I feel is the best Toews-Face thus far in the young season. I wonder if the quality of the Toews-Face is inversely proportional to the quality of the game played.
In writing this, I’ve made myself pissy and annoyed again. Great. I’m sure that’ll make for a wonderful night’s sleep…