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Bobcat’s Post Game Notes, Game 17
Jackets lose to the Detroit Red Wings.
-Here comes another leg of this super long home stand. Detroit is just coming off of a long stint in California that ended 2 days ago, so I would THINK they’d be more tired than we are. I don’t know what to expect.
-…Lars, I was really joking when I brought up the idea of calling up Billy Sweezey a couple games ago. I didn’t expect you to do it for real! He’s scratched for tonight, but considering our recent bout with injuries, I’d expect either Andy or Guddy to get hurt, so Bill gets his NHL debut.
-The first 5 minutes of the period was a blur until Tyler Bertuzzi was sent off for hooking. First PP of the game, let’s see what we do with it…
-Two things really caught my eye (and ire): firstly, with about 1:20 left on the power play, Kenny tries to get too fancy on a pass and turns the puck over when he could have taken a shot that probably would have caused a goal-mouth scramble that may or may not have worked on our favor.
-Secondly, what the holy hell is Vladislav Gavrikov doing on the power play? If he’s supposed to be quarterbacking, Jake Christiansen can do that just fine. Gavi’s a penalty kill guy.
-Ollie gets sent off for cross-checking, and that leads to Dylan Larkin scoring on the goal-mouth. Rough stuff.
-Gus, Silli and Yegor rush with urgency, Yegor takes a shot, but Ville Husso makes the save. Chinny was NOT happy with himself for missing that one…
-…okay, that’s twice now. This time, Silli takes the puck away, gets a breakaway, but Husso takes the goal away. Ville for Vezina.
-Things look very even, both on the ice and on the stat sheet (although not necessarily the score sheet) as the first period fades to black. I would hope that we can make some offensive improvements in the 2nd and finally beat Husso.
-Captain Boone Jenner breaks out the quick stick to beat the defense and set up Bemmer to tie this game up before a full minute goes off the clock in the second! Let’s go!
-Lucas Raymond goes zoom to (almost) beat Gavi and sets up Bertuzzi for a shot that Korpi saves, followed immediately by Emil Bemstrom making his case for a future job as a stuntman. Glad he’s okay, but that was a scary collision with the net.
-I love watching Eric Robinson’s play, but I wish that he did more with it. Man is working his tail off, but it’s just not helping.
-Filip Hronek makes up for getting undressed by Boone by capitalizing on a gonzo pass from Marcus Bjork to bury it behind Korpi. I don’t think there was much that Bjork could really do there. Let’s hope that this is just his “Welcome to the NHL” moment that every rookie has.
-Noted ACGM nuisance Ben Chiarot takes a shot from the point and benefits from a lapse in judgement from Korpi to put the Wings up 3-1. Ouch.
-Michael Rasmussen gets a slapper to the forearm and goes straight down the tunnel. This sounds calloused as f*ck, but it’s kinda cathartic to see another team lose a player to injury instead of us. Now you know how we feel…
-Filip Hronek scores his second on the game on a play that confused all of us. He got the puck lodged between the back of the net and Korpi’s water bottle holder. Lol.
-Kuraly and Oskar Sundqvist start a scuffle between their lines, and that leads to 4-on-4 Hockey Time as the second period ends.
-We cannot catch a break. First, Sean gets sent off for hooking Jake Walman, and now Mathieu gets sent off for elbowing (which I have never understood why elbowing is a penalty to begin with).
-As the game becomes 5-1, I leave you with this:
In that 5-game skid around the time we left for Finland, my dad enlightened me to the concept of “Quicksand”. If you’ve ever watched the movie “The Replacements”, you’ll know of this one scene where the coach brings the team in for a locker room talk to ask what their fears are. Shane Falco (the quarterback and basically main character, played by Keanu Reeves) says that he’s afraid of “quicksand” (not actual quicksand, but a snowball effect of bad things that leads to a big loss). Says Falco:
“You’re playing, and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.”
That’s what I see out of the Jackets all the damn time, and it drives me up a wall. Our confidence is so shot that we get down on ourselves and lose games much worse than we really should because we’ve stuck ourselves into quicksand. I don’t know how we can fix that: We can’t strip Boone of the captaincy because there’s no one else to give it to that would make anything remotely better. Despite the calls for his head, I feel firing Brad Larsen at this point doesn’t change a damn thing. We’re just screwed.