Hopefully, this is a learning experience that Blashill can build upon and improve. Part of that learning experience should obviously be to fire Pat Fershweiler immediately.... since he contributes to Red Wing losses about as much as the opposition.
I blame Pat Ferschweiler for the loss. And Ken Holland, indirectly, for not firing Pat Ferschweiler long ago when he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he sucks terribly large buffalo testicles at his job.
Like Smith in. Don't really like Quincey out (unless he's hurt). Like Mrazek in (it's just the right decision. Howard should be starting game 3 as well if the roles were reversed). Don't like Andersson still in the lineup. I could understand being conservative at the start of the series, but not now. I can understand playing Andersson over Pulkkinen for size, but at least put Jurco in for him.
But in any case... LET'S GO RED WINGS!!! Come out hungry from puck drop on and show everyone that it isn't just about making the playoffs and extending the streak. Show us you want more that that!!
It's pretty tough when the officials are handing out momentum builders to the opposition like candy. Should have been coincidental minors on Abdelkader and Johnson (interference or diving - take your pick).
Any way sliced, the officiating decisions are the difference in the game at this point imo.
Just finished - had to watch on DVR. The good news is that, if game 2 is just like game 1, Detroit can win if they can just learn one lesson from game 1.
The bad news is that lesson is "don't be complete morons and blow your assignments in the defensive zone." Which begs the obvious question of... why said lesson wasn't learned long ago by all involved.
All they had to do in that period, really, was not be completely stupid and give up glorious chances to the opposition. Of course, they couldn't do that. Not to mention not dragging the back foot like they actually know what offsides is. These clowns better start showing some desperation and desire post f-ing haste.