Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Worst Possible Loss

Words fail me.

18 comments:

O-Joe said...

"Words fail me."

Let me help you out.

G-A-G.

O-Joe said...

I guess Holmstrom's real asset is to stand in the front of the net and create havoc, and his injury is (supposedly) an eye injury, so he may be close to 100% right away. But not being able to see a booming Lidstrom shot from the point could be hazardous to your health.

Apparently, Homer’s eye-sight is just fine, eh?

One last note- I sure hope Guerin is giving 'locker room leadership' or 'playoff know-how' or some of that shit, because he sure ain't doing squat on the ice.

Sure he is – to the Wings’ benefit.

If I’m not mistaken, Guerin (along with Marleau) was on the ice when the Sharks horked-up that fur-ball in Game Two, contributing to both Detroit’s tying and winning goals. If he keeps this up, I’m going to have to place a call to J.D. in St. Louis, thanking him for trading Billy to you guys. He’s having an MVP series for Detroit, so far.

Seriously, this has to be a tough one for you as the Wings really didn’t win it as much as the Sharks gave it away. Guerin and Marleau, both goalless and -4 in the series, were looking to become heroes by trying to steal the puck from Filppula for the empty-netter. If they just tie Filppula up along the boards, Lang doesn’t even get the puck let alone score the equalizer. Game over and the Sharks take a 3-1 lead. Instead, in goes to OT where the Sharks' other deadline acquisition, Rivet, shoots the puck over the glass and, well, you know.

Oops…

Paul said...

Hey, have any of your local papers or TV news reported on Guerin? I have to assume his face is, well, broken.

Mike said...

No reports on Guerin. Only one article in the local papers even mention him, and that's only to say that he was "bloodied". I hope it's just stitches, but then again, do I?

Paul said...

Just curious...do Sharks fans still think Hasek and the Wings are too old?

Hasek had his best period of the playoffs in that OT last night. He sure can pick his moments.

O-Joe said...

Mike’s recovered, but apparently words still fail Can’tStopTheGrier right now.

Grier, as I commented on IwoCPO’s blog several days ago (since deleted, probably), that among other near-equal match-ups between the two teams, first-line talent is pretty much a push and Lang’s line would have to out-play Marleau’s in this series for my guys to have success.

Well, Lang hadn’t really done much up until his marker in the third last night, but Marleau, along with Guerin, have done even less. Patty and Billy are going to have to pick it up for you guys, and soon. Heading back to San Jose after this Saturday’s game down three-games-to-two would not be a happy place for the Sharks’ and their fans.

In fact, when you think about it, if not for Guerin’s and Marleau’s poor defensive play in Games Two and Four, the Sharks could very well be as giddy as school girls on Prom Night right now -- loving life, home tonight with Ma and the kids, relaxing, watching Anaheim deliver the death-blow to the Nucks. Instead, they have to hop on a plane for that loooooooog flight back to enemy territory to prepare for what’s essentially for them an 11:00 a.m. puck drop on Saturday. (That’s a crappy time to have to start a hockey game, by the way. Bad mojo right there, boy).

I wonder how many Sharks players will be muttering, “It’s a 60-minute game…it’s a 60-minute game…” during that flight?

Mike said...

I'm sure Grier's just contemplating his next post. He's got different job requirements than I have, but don't worry, he'll be here.

I wanted to get something up here last night to catch the flood.

in fact, when you think about it, if not for Guerin’s and Marleau’s poor defensive play in Games Two and Four, the Sharks could very well be as giddy as school girls on Prom Night right now...

There's a flip side. If you think about it in a pessimistic funk like I was after the game, the Sharks have been outplayed 7 or 8 periods out of 12. It could easily be 3-1 the other way.

Just shows how razor-thin the margins are in this series. I hope the Sharks will be able to forget last night better than I.

O-Joe said...

I'm sure Grier's just contemplating his next post.

Yeah, contemplating how he's going to get out of that "Sharks in 5" comment from the other day.

O-Joe said...

Or maybe he's just "too emotional" right now.

Yeah, that's it, I'll bet.

Mike said...

Patience, my son.

Unlike us, he's got a real job where he can't just surf around on the internet all day.

O-Joe said...

He needs a job where he makes his own hours, signs his own paychecks.

Comes in handy during the playoffs/Olympics/etc..

Paul said...

I agree, O-Joe, it's very handy in the playoffs. For me, I just have to make sure the hotel has Versus before I book it.

Just shows how razor-thin the margins are in this series.

I've heard a few people criticize this series as not living up to the billing. Last night was the best game of the series and these two teams are playing darn fine hockey.

This series has definitely found its mojo, as have the Sharks and Wings. For both, the last round was a cheapshot festival. They're probably glad to be past that and on to playing some real hockey.

O-Joe said...

Daaaaaaa-dum…
Daaaaaaa-dum…
Da-dum-da-dum-da-dum-da-dum…

That’s supposed to be the eerie track from the movie, “Jaws,” Grier -- played whenever the Great White in that flick was on the prowl. Ironically, it’s the Wings doing the prowling, just as The Oil did last year, sneaking up and devouring Team Teal after the Sharkies had assumed they’d made it safely to the beach.

Boating accident? This is no boating accident.

Can'tStoptheGrier said...

I have to work for a living O-Joe. Words haven't failed me, just a busy morning pards.

"Sorry, can't talk to you now. I have to defend my team's meltdown last night to a total stranger."

I am disappointed - but not distraught. I still believe the Sharks are going to win this series. I am embarrassed to admit, I agree with O-Joe. The Wings didn't win this one - the Sharks gave it away. Nabby stood on his head all night and then gave it away at the end. I won't act surprised, we've seen the Sharks do this before when they are trying to close out games. They did it during Game One vs. Nashville, they did it during Game Two of this series. This is not the first time, nor the last that they will let in a late goal in a close game. Frustrating - yes. Have they overcome it before? Absolutley.

Holmstom was huge last night. The Sharks power play was bad. We've seen this before, this is a different team than last year. They will bounce back on Saturday. We all agree - this is a great, clean series.

By the way, O-Joe. You guys jumped all over me for posting right after Game 3 and here you are two hours after Game 4 on our blog. Doesn't bother me...just saying - play by your own rules, Meat. (Sorry...was that too emotional?)

O-Joe said...

You guys jumped all over me for posting right after Game 3 and here you are two hours after Game 4 on our blog.

Wasn’t me, Homes. Go back and check the comments again (if they still exist).

I didn’t care when you posted. All I cared about was your provocative “We Want to Play Detroit” entry here and your “Wings in 5” comment over there.

Also, not that it matters, but you should also check to see when last night's game ended (PDT) and when I made my first comment here this morning (PDT). You’ll find that more than two hours had elapsed.

Daaaaaaaaa-dum.

O-Joe said...

By the way, Homes, if Game Two was “the one that got away,” I'm curious what you're calling Game Four.

Dazzle me.

O-Joe said...

I've heard a few people criticize this series as not living up to the billing. Last night was the best game of the series and these two teams are playing darn fine hockey.

Agree, it’s been a good one.

Mike’s comment has me thinking, though. With a healthy Holmstrom and a healthy Lebda, perhaps it would be over by now (although Quincey has played admirably in Lebda’s absence, I should say).

Homer with his crease play and Lebda with his speed through the neutral zone (breaking up that trap) could’ve possibly made the difference in Games One and Three.

Still, the Sharks are the favorites in this series. A vast majority of media pundits and talking heads said so coming in. If the Wings lose, meh, well, that’s the way it was supposed to go. If the Sharks lose, it’ll be their second straight post-season collapse. That has to be worming around in their collective head.

I read with interest yesterday how the Wings were relaxed and care-free on the off day in San Jose on Wednesday and again during the pre-skate on Thursday, doing the soccer thing prior to practice, then laughing and joking on the ice between drills. That’s what having the right folks with a veteran presence will do for you. It rubs off on the younger guys, too.

The Sharks – big, powerful and menacing as they’ve been reported to be -- are younger and perhaps don’t have the same veteran presence in Thornton, Marleau and Guerin.

It’ll be interesting to see how the younger Guppy spawns respond in front of a hostile, reinvigorated crowd on Saturday.

Paul said...

How people respond to pressure is a huge part of the playoffs - especially as you get to such important games like today.

For the Wings it's business as usual. For the Sharks, it's impossible for their players not to be affected by the pressure and then having to look at the other end of the ice and see all these guys that were winning Stanley Cups when the Sharks were in high school watching on TV.