First off, Muletrick: Because if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of watching a kicking mule crack skulls:
Derpendable Team D: Yes, derpendable. As in derp. Herp O’Derp.
The time for getting on one James Howard will come. But my first angle is to express displeasure with the defense.
My favorite example: the Campoli goal. This is going to seem unfair because I’m going to be picking on the youthful line of Miller, Abdelkader and Mursakâ€”what’s that you say? The top line and top pairing were out there? And let Chris Campoli get that wide open? Is this Campoli character some kind of Stamkos analog in the Northeast Division? Two goals, you say?
Look, I buy the argument that the Wings have one of the deepest defenses in the league, on paper. I’ve made it myself. But there have been too many nights this year where the Wings’ D and overall team defensive effort has torn up that paper and desecrated it between the circles. A guy like Chris Campoli cannot be allowed to be that wide open. If it’s Stamkos, he’s probably going to get you a time or two, regardless of your efforts. But this team has to be able to cover the Chris Campolis of the league.
And yes, they should be able to do it after a layoff. That was pathetic.
Jimmy James: Rob MastersÂ had Jimmy pegged early last night with this after the Senators’ first goal:
He had a whole ASG break to do snow angels.
He did it again on Michalek’s first. And Michalek’s second was a deflection of a Kovalev shot, but Jimmy didn’t even flinch until it was in the net. Not seeing the puck through a crowd is one thing, but I’m wondering how an NHL goalie misses the initial shot motion.
He had no chance on the Regin goal or the Campoli gift and technically had no chance on Michalek’s second, but this was not one of Jimmy’s stronger nights. Derpendable D or not, a better outing from him would have been sweet.
Waived Off Goal: The Wings dodged a bullet on that one, but if it’d been the other way, I’d be livid. As it is, I’m majorly concerned. How can the referee justify that callÂ based on the push rule when clearly no push took place? If it was intent to blow, that’d've been weak, because the puck wasn’t covered long at all, but at least you could understand it. As it was, though, the Senators got screwed by a ref operating in an apparent alternate reality, and that’s not good for hockey fans, however good it was for Wings fans in a given instance.
If the ref is just going to stick with his story after talking to TO, what’s the point of talking to TO? We saw that with the May goal last year and it made as much sense then as it does now. Is he just looking for confirmation of his take, and if he doesn’t get it, he just goes with his gut regardless? It’s stupid. Either 1) the ref needs to have access to the instant replay himself, in the zamboni tunnel, and therefore assume all factual responsibility or 2) he needs to defer to Toronto.
It makes no sense for a referee to get on a corded phone and chat with people relaying what they’re seeing on screen and retain the authority to overrule the people who are seeing the replay, with only his own memory as a basis for overruling.
Give the man a monitor at ice level. It’s the 21st century for crying out loud.
Rafalski: Whatever else he did last night, he deserves credit for the play he made leading up to Franzen’s fourth: intentionally wide and gambling on the perfect bounce. Mule made a great play with his foot to take the pass, but I love seeing Rafalski play the angle like that.
Filppula: At one point, I tweeted “Fil doing it solo…and gets nothing.” That sequence no doubt led some to think “omg Filp like totally NEEDS to shoot teh puck moar amirite”.
Classy: Putting Chris Neil out in the final seconds of the game is a real class move, Ottawa. Way to lose with poise and decency. Idiots. It’s not like the Wings piled it on, unless you count unleashing the Mule as piling it on.
Next: We’ll be treated to a home game against the Blue Jackets. I hope the D tightens up a bit and that we have a less wild game.
Though if Franzen wants to put up another Muletrick, I’d be okay with that.