Betcha thought I was gonna let that slide right by, dint ya? Heh... fat chance. So, three games last night and two out of the three teams I favor in last night's games won. The Wings, unfortunately, weren't one of those teams. I really do believe the officiating was a contributing factor in last night's loss. Speakin' of...
The league's two least-penalized teams took 14 penalties last night, which is more than one usually sees in three or four playoff games. The Preds couldn't convert on six power play opportunities (including over a minute of 5-on-3 time) and that speaks more to the efficiency of the Wings PK than anything else, in my mind. The fact remains that penalties break up the rhythm and flow of the game and affect both teams' momentum, not that Nashville had anythang that looked even remotely like momentum after the first period... but the Wings did. It's also an unfortunate fact of life that garbage goals and fluky goals count just the same as a goal from a well-executed play. But that's hockey.
The thing that hurt the most last night was losing Darren Helm for the rest of the playoffs due to a freak accident in the first period, where tendons in his right arm were cut by a Nashville player's skate. Losing Helm WILL affect Detroit's penalty kill and the power play and that sucks more than losing the game by a single goal.
So we're down 1-0. No big deal... I liked the way the Wings played last night. Nashville is gonna have to get a whole helluva lot better to win this series... they're not gonna be able to rely on luck and garbage for all seven games.