What an incredible disappointment. I've been waiting to watch my favorite team, the Detroit Red Wings, take the ice for the first time since lifting hockey's holy grail in June for months now and I cannot say enough about how awful they made me feel as a fan. Even though I know anyone who didn't watch the game will say "Oh but it's only the first game of an 82 game season. Who cares?" Well, I CARE. This team was supposed to be unstoppable, clicking on all cylinders, ready to take on any challenge. They were opening up at home, raising the Stanley Cup Championship banner from last year's amazing season and giving their fans a chance to appreciate it since all four playoff clinching victories came on the road last year. And for chrissakes they were playing the Maple Leafs! Toronto was awful last year. AWFUL. And the Wings came out flat and lost a 3-2 game where they showed absolutely no heart and were outworked for all sixty minutes. Unbelievable. I know I'll get over this pretty soon because the Red Wings are going to have another great season but I was hyped up for this game. I almost couldn't sleep last night because I was so excited about watching them play again. Simply put, it was heart-wrenching to watch the players I love skate around like they didn't care. The talent of this team is almost unfathomable but if they keep playing without any fight, without any determination, they have no chance of repeating as Cup Champs.
So, I'm going to go cool down and try to forget what I watched tonight but in sum, I did not like what I saw. I'm about ready to draft up a petition to get Datsyuk and Zetterberg back on a line together. Why break up the best chemistry in all of hockey?
My brain hurts. Did we seriously just lose to the freakin' Leafs? Ugh.