So... there we were, enjoying Happy Hour under the awning on the verandah on a lazy Sunday afternoon...
I got it only slightly wrong, coz the cottonwood blossoms (or whatever they're called) are quite visible... at least in full-screen HD. It only got better as the afternoon progressed... in that the sun caught the cottonwood detritus better and better as the sun sank ever closer to the horizon, increasing the angle of my view and bringing those blossoms into their full glory. Which, I suppose, is a classic case of "ya hadda be there."
So... about that hockey game:
Phoenix, which won 50 games during the regular season and finished fourth in the West with 107 points, has not reached the second round of the playoffs since the Winnipeg Jets accomplished the feat in 1987. The Coyotes can change that when they face the Wings in Game 7 at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night. The Red Wings have not won a Game 7 on the road since 1964.
Brad Stuart and Darren Helm scored for Detroit, which was 20-4 on home ice the past two postseasons. The Wings have won only once in three home games this series. Detroit was given three power plays in the first 4:42 of the contest, but failed to convert and didn't receive another man advantage all day. Phoenix, meanwhile, went 3-for-5.
"That's probably the game right there," Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said of his team's inability to score on the power play early. "If we would have scored one or two, the outcome would be a little different. Their power play was better than ours tonight, their PK was better than ours. I think that's the game."
Heh. Z is the master of understatement there. The power play was non-existent, the PK, in a word, sucked. Howard gave up one soft goal (the shortie) early but the rest of the goals were the result of defensive breakdowns that were, in the end, inexcusable. All in all a miserable game for my Wings and one that would be completely forgettable if not for the implications it holds in this series. Game Seven is Tuesday night in Phoenix and it will be a corker, no doubt about that. I hesitate to predict the outcome but you KNOW where my heart is, Gentle Reader. We remain hopeful.