I’m seeing the Red Wings’ official Twitter account quoting Wings’ coach Mike Babcock right now and it’s annoying me a bit.
“I thought we had lots of opportunity. We skated hard and competed and got better as the game went on.”
He seems pretty happy with his team’s effort considering they didn’t do anything worthwhile for the first 40 minutes of the game.
Yeah, they had plenty of opportunity early on. They had six power plays in the first two periods. Didn’t do anything with them.
The fact that the team did show up for the third period and managed to score to force overtime is encouraging. This loss wasn’t quite like the ones to Dallas or St. Louis and there are good things to take away from it.
This team is not a team that can keep shooting itself in the foot with late starts and an ineffective power play, however, which overshadows the positives.
It’s also telling that most of the positives were in the third period, a period in which Chicago was noticeably more tired, having played the night before in Columbus.
I don’t know, we’ll see what happens when the Stars come to Detroit on Tuesday. The lackluster power play has been the only real trend so far this season so it’ll be interesting to see what carries over into that game.