Dose of Reality #18

December 21, 2006

Dose of Reality

Let me save Mr. EOB some time: Red Wings come out fast, clip the Jackets, 5-0. Actually, it would be better stated that the Wings smacked the Jackets. I hope the fans didn’t think that the return match would be a quiet affair. The Red Wings are a good team that has 17 more points than Columbus. To them, each game is important and requires the full effort of every player. Total dedication is not something that they hear the coach talk about, but something that they as players believe.

We don’t have to go over the names of the Jacket players who seemed to forget basic hockey last night. I mean, you are told as a Pee Wee that you do not clear the puck up the middle, that you do not allow an opponent to set up camp on the goalie’s doorstep, and you have to play tough around Dominik Hasek. A goalie has to earn a shutout, not get one because you didn’t crash him and only took 13 shots over the first two periods.

These are the kind of games that Ken Hitchcock has to see to believe. He knows that the team was scrapping the bottom when he got here, but they have given him a decent effort since he took over. But last night showed him what Gallant had to put up with, a lackluster and unintelligent type of play that can suddenly show its ugly head without warning. Ken Hitchcock’s job is to find out who slips into this mode of play and correct the problem or move the player.

If you want to discuss the disallowed goal with me, find someone else. Svitov had a forward motion with his right skate and the puck went into the net from that action. When that happens, the goal is disallowed. If Paul Devorski hadn’t had a replay to back him up, we fans would be walking around today echoing the paid-for opinions of Jeff Rimer and Danny Gare and complaining about being robbed by the officials. Now I’ll grant that seeing Mick McGeough working a game is frightening and may require counseling or additional medical care, but the correct call was made by one of the better officials in the NHL.

Put this one away and get ready for the wounded Vancouver Canucks on Friday. That is the easiest game on the schedule of the next six. I’m going to relax and place my trust in the hands of Ken Hitchcock. I’d rather trust him than MacLean, the guy who tried to hire somebody else to coach the team. And if you don’t like that, would you rather be a hockey fan in Pittsburgh?

– Truth Serum



  1. […] It was a bad game. So bad I don’t want to write about it. You can go to the – usual – suspects for more analysis. […]

  2. Hainsey….my arch nemesis…his new name is “uber-suxor.” I have seen C Leaguers in the Chiller league play with more intensity than that guy.

    The thing with Detroit is that they are all about spacing and puck possession (duh…like you didnt already know that). However, when the playoffs come around the same thing always happens…they suck. Why? Because no one gets a free pass in the playoffs…every time somebody has the puck they are checked (on most occaisions with a little more angst). Detroit is always going to get it’s offensive chances with it’s style of play, but more often than not they are not willing to pay the price outside of Holmstrom (Datsyuk is a major “sally” come playoff time..ask A2Y about his past playoff disappearring acts). There were only a few players last night that played with some zest and anger…Fritsche, Chimera, Klesla, Vyborny, Fedorov, and even Zherdev. They took the body or chased with maximum effort every time they had the puck. Notice I only named one d-man in that list…that is the problem.

    I keep saying this over and over when I do post on my site. It is worth the penaly to absolutely lay out a Datsyuk or Zetterberg when they come in the zone with their head down or across the middle just to put the thought in their head that they might get killed coming into the zone in that manner. Instead, the CBJ sits back on it’s heels and waits for the red wing players to move the puck around and give them space to pick apart the defense. I know that this ia bit of barbaric behavior being promoted, but (as much as I cant stand the guy) Tie Domi used to do this all of the time for the Leafs (gawd I hate the Leafs) and it would change the flow of the game…sometimes it works…sometimes it doesnt, but the CBJ’s past history against the Wings suggests that it may be time to try something new…IMHO

    To sum up this game from last night….Maltby scored…and he couldnt score with a $500 in his pocket at an airport message parlor this year.

    I know that the CBJ isnt the most physical team in the league, but I am sure that Hitch will probably make some changes in the near future to help that….

    Peace Herringbone

  3. You’re going to give Chimera some praise for last night? The only person who would agree with you is Nick Lidstrom, who was set up nicely by the piss-poor backhanded clearing attmept from Jason. Come on, nobody in the NHL clears the puck from his own end on the backhand.

    Crushing Datsyuk and Zetterberg would be great if the Jackets had anyone who could catch them and effectively hit them.

    And while were on the subject, how many times has Maltby stirred something up and then got out of there before anyone found him? Maybe if Matlby got his butt kicked on Monday night when he cheap-shotted a Blue Jacket he wouldn’t be so bold when he played them.

    If you want to rag on Hainsey, that’s your business. Don’t be so kind to Foote just because he appears like he is playing with intensity. Some people say it is intensity, others might say he has gas.

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    Good morning. Please take a second to check out this new site. It has been generating quite a bit of buzz. It is basically calling for the return of good old-fashioned North American hockey that many of us have missed over the past few years. It presents a pretty solid stance on why today’s NHL product is in trouble.

    The end result – or day of reckoning if you will – is January 20th… what is being called the annual “Save the NHL” night. On January 20th, there will be a total of 14 games taking place across the NHL and it presents the best opportunity for fans to show their support for a return to something close to old time hockey, primarily by tweaking the current rules in “the new NHL.”

    The idea is to make our (the NHL fan’s) presence known through fliers and/or signs (all of tasteful nature of course) in the hopes that we get someone’s attention and open their eyes to the demands of the fans. If you share in that interest for intense, passionate, and physical hockey, please check out the site and kindly show whatever support you can. The effort on your part would be minimal but your impact would be overwhelming.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!


  5. […] … Adam Foote did play last night, after all. … Apparently, Mikael Samuelsson is out until after Christmas, which means Matt Ellis will get at least two more games in the Winged Wheel. Ellis, by the way, played 5:17 last night, an increase of only 12 seconds from Monday’s game. He continues to impress by not sticking out in a bad way. One more thing about Ellis: on Tuesday, he and Dominik Hasek were the only two Wings that practiced. Apparently, Dom called him in the morning and asked if he’d be interested in taking some shots. Given the result of last night’s game, I guess it was all the practice Hasek needed. … Mathieu Schneider has an 11-game point steak going. He has two goals and twelve assists in that span. It’s his longest point streak and the second-longest in team history, according to the Freep. … Blogger reactions: Gorilla Crouch, No Pun Intended, Army of the Ohio, The Jacket Times, End of the Bench. … […]

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