Especially when they result in ANOTHER loss to the Preds. I’m not the only one who thinks so. Even the Game Time guys discussed the shootout just last night. Here’s the thing. I have never known hockey without a shootout. Never ever. Being a recent fan, it’s tough to have the same kind of perspective afforded to those who’ve bled blue their entire lives.
That said, I still hate the shootout. Always have. It seems counterintuitive to me to have a team sport decided by a skills competition. As I’ve discussed with countless friends, they should at least make the shootout more entertaining.
Maybe they could go ahead and do something like HORSE. One guy makes a stupidly good spin-o-rama goal, the other team has to copy or loses a letter. They could even call the game PUCK or something like that. Perhaps it’s just me, but knowing that Halak was in goal, I had a feeling if it went into a shootout, we could chalk this one up as a loss. Some goalies are good at shootouts. Some aren’t. It sucks knowing that.
Not only that, but seriously, our boys should beat the Preds. Every time.
But, it’s time to move on. Tonight’s game against the Red Wings (at 6pm CST on FSMW) is a big one. Last game of 2011. Second game against the Scum this week.
On Tuesday, our team handed the game to Detroit, gift-wrapped with a pretty little ribbon and everything. Two minutes of poor play and weak turnovers, two goals in just under a minute, and what had been a game solidly controlled by our team disintegrated into a remote-throwing, yelling at the TV, scaring the neighbors kind of game.
I do not want to see that again.
As of right now, there’s no confirmation of who’s in the net for Detroit, but like Tuesday, if it’s Howard, our boys have to elevate their damn pucks. There were a couple shots against Jimmy on Tuesday that had they been shoulder level instead of knee, they’d have been goals.
There’s been speculation that it was exhaustion of the team that caused such a meltdown, as they’d played the night before at home and then traveled to Detroit, but guess what? Same situation here. These points are absolutely, without the shadow of a doubt critical.
The Blues are tied with Detroit in points. They’ve played the same number of games. This game is so important there aren’t really any words for it.
Last game of the year. Let’s make it a win in regulation. Let’s take home two points, and show Detroit that ours is not a team willing to give up. Goonies never say die, and all that. And above all else:
LET’S GO BLUES!!