Last night was almost TOO much excitement... and El Casa Móvil De Pennington was literally rockin'. We got off to a rocky start last evening, given the bizarre and arcane scheduling that is Versus in these play-offs. NO ONE... save fans of the Flightless Birds and that team from Ottawa... could have been pleased with Versus last evening. Which is to say we got to watch the entire Pittsburgh - Ottawa game and then piece parts of Chicago - Nashville, NONE of the Dee-troit game (more about which follows) and only the last half of the third period and the OT of the Fish v. the Dive. We were simply astounded that the Wings' game on Versus was blacked out in its entirety here in P-Ville, but our astonishment was overcome due to the fact we have Fox Sports Arizona (hunh?) on our local Comcast Cable System... which is the reason for the Versus black-out. So... all was well.
Buck beat feet over to our place after a quick phone call and we settled down to watch the game. Which turned out to be one of those heart-stopping, up and back, run and gun games with the lead changing hands faster than Elizabeth Taylor changed husbands in her prime. Highlights:
There were five goals in slightly less than four minutes in the second period, which is the third highest number of goals in that time frame EVER. The mood swings we experienced during that time would have put ANY menopausal woman to shame... or just when one thought it was time for a sigh of relief those Feral Dogs would even it up. Again and again. "Excitement" isn't quite the word to describe the experience.
But. Not to worry. The Wings' special teams got back on track, blanking the Feral Dogs on all four of their man-advantages while scoring on two of three Dee-troit power plays. We also think Phoenix learned they can't play "run and gun" with these Wings... which was truly a recipe for disaster last evening. For Phoenix.
Finally... you'll notice at the end of the video above Zetterberg got a hat-trick with his empty-netter at the end of the third. What's not shown is that it took about three minutes to sweep up all the hats that rained down on the ice in Jobing.com Arena, otherwise known as Joe Louis West. There's not another team in the league that can count on nearly a hundred hats (my best guess) being thrown on the ice at their opponent's home barn. To quote ZZ Top: "We're bad... we're nationwide." Yup.
Game Three tomorrow in Dee-troit. And I'm sticking with the "Wings in five" prediction.