The "dump and don't chase" hockey style never works.
I know I'll get ragged for this, but this is why we needed to sign some more grinders for our 3rd and 4th lines in the offseason. To have more players who are willing to do the dirty work, instead of a lineup full of lazy floaters who are often scared to go into the scoring areas. We're just too one-dimensional and easy to play against.
I mean our 3rd line last game consisted of Hudler, Filppula and Modano. That's not a checking line or a grinding line. It's a fluffy pillow line. I just don't think we have enough sandpaper on the team to go through a tough, grinding playoff run.
So basically, I think we have lots of creativity talent wise, but sometimes we try to get too cute, instead of being more aggressive and going to the net. It's not about creativity, but will and effort.
It's impossible to put together line combos, without worrying about who's lazy or soft. We have too many players on this team that are one or the other. Some are both.
Too many floaters in the lineup right now, hence every line would have a glaring problem. These players need to step up and actually care every game, because matching lines around isn't going to magically make them care. Has to come from within.
The Wings were horrible defensively in the first. Four times the defense let a forward get behind them. Howard let in a terrible goal. Wow. Detroit was awful on the powerplay. Could get nothing going. Lidstrom was the best Wing on the ice tonight. Glad he got the first star. The Oilers didn't get much going at all tonight. Detroit was by far the better team. Good, character win. Jones needs to get a hair cut and f*** off already. What a scab.
Fun fact: When the refs skated on the ice for the third period, the fans rained down on them with boos (because of the disallowed Bertuzzi goal). Devorski shook his head in confusion and mouthed "why??" in response. I thought it was hillarious to see a ref so perplexed with a fan reaction.
You must have gone for a beer each of the 6 times they had a breakaway in the game.
Hence, you were a little too sauced to notice those plays.