alright, I lurk and rarely post, but most of you are too ridiculous to ignore. I was at the game tonight, and it was downright embarrassing. I split season tickets with a few different people, and we all usually seem to have varying opinions. Tonight, we all agreed about how piss poor our entire defense played. Honestly, the only defenseman with minimal complaints was RUSSELL. That's saying a lot. EVERY defenseman on our squad made a HORRIBLE play at one point or another. I was riding Colaiacovo, because (to me) he's one of our worst guys along with Jackman. My buddy pointed out the horrible plays Shattenkirk made. We both didn't even bother discussing what we saw Cole pulling. I sat in silence the entire game. It wasn't until our 2nd goal that we even looked remotely like the team everyone remembered from the regular season. My buddy remarked, "Oh, wow, I remember this team now, where have they been all game?" I'm no apologist, but to all you Oshie slammers, seriously? He was about the only high point of the game (and, no, I don't think his one major hit defined his entire game.) Perron is my boy, but he has been a ghost; So has Steen. Backes and Berglund take idiot retaliatory penalties at the worst times. McDonald is our saving grace, I don't think that's even disputable at this point. Tonight, after the 1st period we showed moments of competitiveness, but it was only in short spurts. We'd reign for like 4 minutes at a time, then get owned. I've never seen a worse lack of urgency or caring. We skated around aimlessly and lost. The sky's not falling, we're only down 2 games. While this should be an extreme wake-up call, it's not the end of the world. I'm sure the next games will be tame compared to last night, I think they need to dress Reaves. His 4th line hasn't looked all that bad. Crombeen is a human punching bag, and offers little more offensively than Reaves does anyway. Was I the only one laughing at the Blues' 2nd timeout aka the Elliot/Allen swap? That was clever and ballsy.