I feel like I am about to address the irritable audience at a PTA meeting, because - after last night's win - there is no shortage of concerns that need to be voiced on behalf of what's best for this young group. By focusing on the negative after the Devils found yet another way to pull out a win, I admittedly sound like a housewife that that is just bitching to bitch because her life became exponentially less argumentative once her kids moved out. However, coming out flat after a week off and going down early against a battered and beaten lineup that was playing it's third game in four nights is even more unacceptable than showing up to the local bake sale without making a contribution. Never mind the result, because failing to step on the proverbial throat of an inferior team (that was almost certainly looking forward to getting some rest) and blowing a late two goal lead is as noteworthy as the mom that keeps showing up to pick up her kids reeking of high-end vodka.
The result has yet to prove disastrous, but if things don't change then it's only a matter of time. Preemptive measures have to be considered, because I'm going to break into Janet's supply of Xanax if I am going to have to keep watching Damon Severson play a brand of defense that can be fittingly summed up by this clip of him ignoring his responsibilities to turn the other cheek and spread his legs for the post like he's its kinky little mistress...
That said, before this turns into a screaming match amongst those who have been spoiled by a hot start, there's one issue that needs to be prioritized over all others and that is missing person's report that was filed by Jesper Bratt. Perhaps this an APB that would be more successful if posted in a neighboring county, because there is no way Mike Condon was in the same zip code by the time the young Swede ever-so-casually floated the puck over the line. I have seen 'Stranger Things' than the disappearance of a goaltender from the net he was minding, but - with how out of sorts he looked after having his jock separated from his body - it might be wise to check the upside-down for his whereabouts. In a normal situation, I would focus on the little things the Devils did wrong en route to a victory, but putting a member of their opposition on the side of a milk carton is no normal situation. If only for today, the grief is good...