Your ‘alternate reality’ take on the Red Wings-Lightning game

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 7-6 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, and I posted a recap of the game around 1 AM, so it’s kind of weird to read’s Bryan Burns’ “Three Things” from the Lightning win (which was posted later in the morning) and read the following quotes:

“To me, the right team won the game,” [Lightning coach Jon] Cooper said. “I thought there was a lot of things we couldn’t control in that game tonight. We could control some of our play. There’s some things that we need to work on. In the end, we gave ourselves a chance to win. There’s probably long odds for us to win that game halfway through the third, but I think the gamesmanship and the work our team put in for 50 (minutes) paid off in the last 10. So you’ve got to give the guys a ton of credit.”

Despite trailing by three goals, the Lightning continued to plug away, knowing if they stuck to their game, they still had time to rally.

“We probably didn’t deserve to be down three goals multiple times in this game, it’s just the way that game went,” [Steven] Stamkos said. “It was a weird one. It’s early, but you can build off wins like this where they’re emotional and you come back and you start to build on something.”

“That was a crazy game no question,” Cooper said. “But the bottom line is who came with two points. Did we come here to get two points? We did. But we do have to tighten things up as this season goes along. But pretty proud of how they came back.”

Let’s just say that watching the following interviews might be bad for your blood pressure, assuming that you’re a Wings fan:

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.