That hurt. Detroit didn’t play well until the third, but Howard played one of his best games of the year. Unfortunately, the bad guys pulled off a late miracle. Ericsson played well tonight, but an unlucky break saw him in the box for putting the puck over the glass. Then a failed clearing attempt led to Kane’s tying goal. Franzen hit two posts late in this game.
Like I said, this hurt.
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We really needed two points today. This is the second time we’ve played Chicago when they were on the end of a strong of multiple games and we’ve only gotten two of four points. Unacceptable.
Getting sick of Franzen’s lazy play.
Lots of hate for Ericsson on Twitter today, but that loss is not on him. He was great early on when Chicago was skating circles around the team. Need more than one goal to win. Basically what I’m saying is, if you’re putting this loss on Ericsson, you’re being lazy and are not paying attention.
Howard was the only star of the game for either team. Kane got lucky. Crawford is fat.
Next game is Tuesday against the Avalanche.
Franzen is a joke. I truly wonder if he thinks no one can see how uninterested he looks while skating out there. Clearly Babs said something to him to get him going in the third but my question is, why isn't your intensity up for a Sunday game against your arch rival on national tv??? They need to start shopping him soon.
And I refuse to watch ANYMORE games so long as Babs continues to keep Dats with those two jokes. It's just a matter of principal now. Did you see how the Hawks just swarm Datsyuk becuase they know Cleary and Abs are worthless?
I don't think he actually whiffed, but rather, his stick was lifted. That said, it was still ignorant. He needed to just loft a wrister out of the zone, because you can't think you're going to have that much time and space to do a 180* turn-around slapshot when you are 10' centered in front of your net while SH. Clearing the zone is what lost us that game in regulation- a failure to clear that was a penalty became a failure to clear that became a goal, which was followed by yet another failure to clear that was a penalty. All season this team has been unable to properly clear the zone because of whiffs, bad aim, taking too long, etc. Time to run some "clearing the puck while under pressure" drills at practice...
Sorry but Ericsson was never "great". He was the least bad until he gave up a dumb, needless penalty which they were not going to fail to convert. Of course you can win a game with one goal - if the score is 1-0, which it could so easily have been without that. The loss wasn't just on Ericsson, it's a team game, but the mistake that gave them the tie goal WAS, it was HIS dumb play.
Cleary-Abby are abysmal.
lmao "Crawfords fat" these two teams had great sportsmanship too, seeing Brunner and Franzen talk to him after their chances was good but totally agree with what you're saying, anout Franzen and Big E. One thing I wanna mention though is that if Abdelkader wasn't so damn concerned about getting the puck to Datsyuk, he might actually do something
Agree 100% on not blaming E for that loss! And quotes dote get better than "Kane got lucky and Crawfords fat". Priceless
Abby and Cleary are useless. I mean, Cleary bangs in the occasional rebound now and then, but he should not be receiving passes from Pav in a position to shoot, because he doesn’t seem to understand you have to shoot quickly and accurately, rather than hold the puck and then partially fan on it while it rolls into the corner. There are no words to explain Abby either. On that note, Mule seemed especially passive tonight. Now, the Douche Canoe never seems to be right, but the broken clock was right for once today during our first power play. Mule just watched everyone scramble at the net and hoped someone would score. He needs to take his big body in there and make the puck go into the net. Throughout the game, he could have a 1-on-1 rushes and power to the net like the power forward / sniper he is supposed to be, but instead he’s gliding into nowhere along the boards and hoping someone who cares comes to bail him out. Take Pav, by contrast, who showed that he can be as fast and driven as anyone when he needs to be. He takes he puck to the net hard because he cares.
In my opinion, the best line tonight was Tatar-Andersson-Eaves. They did get pinned in once or twice, but they had great pressure and drive on a night when most of the team went at 50%. Maybe you don’t think they were they best line, but why were they so far below everyone else in ice time? Tatar was overall the lowest on our team aside from the backup goalie with only 8:15, with Andersson as second lowest with 9:55. After that, it was Abby with 13:24. This is wrong. I would have also preferred to see Tatar in the shootout than Hank, due to Hank’s historically poor shootout performance. BTW, gliding Mule had 21:13… Why were Cleary and Emmerton a forward pair for a shift in OT?
Ericsson and Quincey insisted Chicago keep its streak alive. Fail.
Jimmah was unreal tonight, and it’s a shame his defensemen robbed him of a shutout.
@marti783 Pav used to go 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 and do great. Now, he's forced to go 1-on-3 or 1-on-4.
@Reddy Kronwall did the same thing about 45 seconds later in an attempt to lose even our 1 point. We lost this game tonight because of failures to clear the puck in the last 3 minutes- bottom line.
Cleary-Abby are abysmal. (PS- Cleary led our team in OT TOI.)
@ThroatShot 'Franzen' and 'rushes' do not belong on the same sentence, period. Slow, lazy SOB.
Tatar and Andersson getting benched in the 3rd? I don't know what our coach is smoking, but I want some. His stubbornness is unbelievable. And, he makes sure that Pavel will not resign with the Wings by providing No's 8 and 11 for him to babysit. It's ironic, that former Professor's number is on Abby's back. Wooden hands and no brain usage...