So I'm writing this at 11 o'clock at night. The wings game ended at 5:30 today and I'm still fuming, but I just finished watching the Tampa Bay vs Montreal game and I realized that life could be worse right now. There are a few things that came into perspective for me today, and I just thought I'd share them with y'all.
Brendan Smith's got it rough
I think that it's fairly easy to point out that Brendan Smith was targeted this game. I didn't understand why the Bruins would go after Brendan other than he got the good looks in the family (sorry Reilly). But in all seriousness, Smith is a professional penalty taker. He gets rattled easily and he is prone to making stupid mistakes so I guess you could say he's an easy target. Here's the part that bothers me. Did Reilly know that they were targeting his brother? I know what you're thinking, "it's hockey, brotherly love belongs in Philadelphia, not on the ice" but seriously!? After David Kreijci's nasty hit on Smith, you have to wonder if Reilly even batted an eyelash. I'd like to think that Reilly told his team to tone it down and try not to kill his brother, but I live in the real world. Reilly Smith is a rookie and he's got no say on how the Bruins play. I'd also like to think that Reilly went to ask Brendan if he was ok at some point, but I guess blood relation is insignificant the second your skate blade scratches the ice. I grew up with two older siblings so I know how downright insensitive brothers can be, but I really hope that Reilly says or does something for Brendan because Brendan had a downright crapshoot game. (As you can see I'm trying really hard to like Reilly Smith, but it's just so hard because he plays for the Bruins!). Also, I think that hit might have done something to Brendan's head because WHAT IS HE THINKING CHALLENGING ZDENO CHARA.
Easter dinner at my aunts house and we all watched the game together. Everyone in my family is a Habs fan, and boy are they passionate. We got into a heated conversation about the name Hockeytown. They're argument was that Montreal should be called Hockeytown because literally all it cares about is hockey and that's all it's cared about for 90 years (OK and Celine Dion). Ticket prices are actually INSANE, seriously look them up. And Montreal had this absolutely SICK opening that I guess you could afford if you're selling tickets for 800$ each. I defended the real Hockeytown with convincing pride that would make any Detroiter proud, but I gotta admit, they had a point. Montreal just straight out loves hockey more than Detroit, and maybe it has to do with the fact that it's their only real professional team (I don't count the Allouettes as a professional team, sorry). Regular season games at Montreal are louder than playoff games at The Joe. Then I watched the post game interview with Jimmy Howard, and at the end he said: "I'm looking forward to getting back and playing in front of [the Detroit] fans, it's a great place to play and I think we're all looking forward to getting back to Detroit". It's not often that I hear people say they're looking forward to going back to Detroit, but I get it. Boston is hostile territory and the Wings are excited to go back home where the fans are, for the most part, respectful and supportive. The fans are proud of Hockeytown, proud of the franchise that Detroit has built where there isn't a whole lot of success going on elsewhere. There is only one true Hockeytown, and it has a unique atmosphere like no other. I LOVE HOCKEYTOWN!
So how about that power play...
Watching the Wings power play is absolutely dreadful, and I might be being a bit harsh, but c'mon, it's so freaking bad! Now I have this little idea that popped into my head and I'm probably not the first to think of this, I might be over reacting, and what the hell do I know I'm just a nobody with a keyboard. Jeff Blashill just got coach of the year in the AHL, and for good reason. The kids that have come up from Grand Rapids this year have been legendary thanks in no small part to him. He won the Calder cup with the Griffins last year and has done extremely well this year despite having his best players spending half their season with the Red Wings. He deserves a promotion and I think he would be a fantastic assistant coach for Mike Babcock. He also knows the kids really well which is probably a bonus. I feel like nothing but good can come from promoting him, and if the wings don't promote him, who's to say another NHL team doesn't pick him up and make him their coach. Scary stuff. So that's my valuable opinion on that.
So in conclusion, it was a long day. I have way too many opinions to keep bottled up inside, so here they are in a pretty bow for anyone who will read. Red Wings game plan for game 3: confuse the Bruins by saying sorry after every time they hit each other. LGRW!!