Alright, I watched the first period through a bad stream and listened to the second on the radio so I’m just going to ignore those. Third period?
At no point in those 20 minutes did I feel like the Red Wings – down only a goal, somehow still alive in a game I’m told they had no right to be alive in – had any urgency. Maybe they would have had they been able to connect on a single pass, I don’t know, but they just looked absolutely lost out there.
There’s not even an individual play to call out or anything like that because they didn’t look bad as much as they looked incompetent. There was one chance by Darren Helm and quite literally nothing else of note in the offensive zone.
On defense there was the absolute disaster that was Florida’s third goal. Okay, Jaromir Jagr outplays Danny DeKeyser, I can live with that. Mike Green with an unforced error is brutal. On top of that, the Panthers got two guys in front of Mrazek completely alone. Where did they come from that no one was on at least one of them?
But, hey, the Wings’ defense was pretty bad last year and they did nothing to fix it so we shouldn’t be surprised by these things.
One thing worth noting on that play – and I said it via Twitter – Petr Mrazek had a hell of a stop on the initial chance. Dude got absolutely hung out to dry.
The coaching staff was quick to make changes after the Game One loss, we’ll see what comes of this one.