Thoughts on Game 3 vs. Anaheim
Here's my sanity-keeper on this one ... that goal would have tied the score. There's still just a 50-50 chance of winning (pick whatever number you want, but in playoff OT, it's not going to stray that far from 50-50). So even without that horrible whistle, this game could just have likely been a loss as a win for Detroit. That's just rationalization to keep my own sanity.
It also brings up this point ... the Red Wings shouldn't have been in a position to need that goal that late in a game. The first 59 minutes were just as much a part of this loss as the horrible whistle. Even more so.
-- The slow starts can't keep happening. Detroit outplayed Anaheim in the final two periods, but getting ahead, starting strong in both a game and a series is vital to winning in the post-season.
-- The Wings showed a better net-front in the second half of this game than they have in a while, especially by Tomas Holmstrom. I thought that Johan Franzen has been straying too much from the goal-mouth, especially on the power play.
-- Even though it was negated by that whistle -- that darned horrible call again -- I was thrilled to see Hossa score such a clutch goal.
-- Datsyuk played like he was angry and like he needed to shine. I thought he was the Wings' top forward.
-- Chelios and Lebda getting burned on the Selanne goal really hurt the Wings. They need that pair to get on and off the ice without much happening. Quiet minutes from that pair. Rafalski and Lilja are greatly missed.
-- The pieces are all in place. Osgood is playing well. The top line had jump. The Red Wings are positioned to win games. I'm optimistic, but having to win a game on the road as the Wings need to Thursday is a bad pickle.
-- If Wisniewski is out for Game 4, that would be a big help for the Red Wings. He has been as good as any Ducks D-man in this series.