I was ready to write about how the Red Wings played about as good of a game as you could expect in a 1-0 loss and then I saw that Dan Cleary suffered an “upper body injury” late in tonight’s game.
Of course he did. That’s how the Wings do it this year. It’s either a soul-crushing blowout, something controversial, or someone got hurt. Their last seven regulation losses, in reverse chronological order:
12/9 – Cleary hurt in 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
12/3 – 4-1 loss to Edmonton in which the Wings has nothing going.
11/27 – Shutout by Calgary, two goals called back
11/25 – Shutout by Atlanta
11/23 – 3-1 loss to Nashville. This one might not fit those three categories.
11/18 – 3-1 loss to Dallas. Brad May‘s “no goal.”
11/7 – 5-1 loss in Toronto. A blowout in which Jason Williams was hurt.
Unless you count the Nashville game, which I don’t but I recognize some would, every single one of those has something about it that twists the knife in just the right way to make you forget about anything good from the game.