Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Most Lopsided 3-0 Hockey Game Ever
After being held to a single goal in both games one and two the Red Wings did even worse here on Tuesday night, not scoring any goals, falling 3-0 to the Boston Bruins, in the process falling two games to one down to the B's in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. Game 4 is here on Thursday night.
Detroit's goal production is the worst by any Red Wings team through three games of a playoff series since Detroit was shutout in the first three games of the 1945 Stanley Cup Final by Toronto. The Wings came back to force a Game 7 in that series (the Leafs won it 2-1) and no doubt it felt as hopeless for Detroit that night at Maple Leaf Gardens 69 years ago as it does here at the Joe Louis Arena tonight. Indeed, it must have felt worse. Detroit trailed that series three games to none and had scored no goals. Detroit trails this series 2-1 and has scored two goals.
But, for fans of a team which had turned this series into a best-of-5 and which had home-ice advantage thanks to an unlikely win in Game 1 on the road, hope is hard to come by tonight in Detroit.
You know how it always feels like a 2-0 deficit in a soccer game is insurmountable? This felt like that. Boston totally (TOTALLY) dominated Detroit in the first period, outshooting the Wings 11-4 and holding Detroit without a single scoring chance; zero, zip,not any. Meanwhile, Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was giving up a softie to Dougie Hamilton--a wrister from the right circle that beat him over his left shoulder at the 9-minute mark that he should have had in his hip pocket (if hockey pants had pockets which they don't)--and a rebound goal by Jordan Caron after Shawn Thornton had done all the work seven minutes later. Boston two, Detroit nothing and it seemed that it may as well have been 12-0 or 20-0, because it appeared there was nothing, nothing at all, that the Wings could do about mounting a comeback.
It was all Boston all the time, all over the ice. Detroit needed their netminder to be perfect, and he wasn't.
"We gave them two goals, that's the bottom line," said a disappointed Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "We've had no pushback the last two games. I was disappointed with tonight. I thought we looked like kids tonight for sure, no question about it."
Speaking of kids, the Wings had seven players in their lineup tonight who were members of the American Hockey League champions one year ago. What it appears to mean at the moment, and all it appears to mean, is that it is easier to win a Calder Cup than a Stanley Cup.
And right now, it feels like Detroit's Stanley Cup dream for this season is going to end Saturday afternoon in Game 5 of this series in Boston.