It wasn't exactly an optimal start for the Detroit Red Wings on Easter Sunday vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Jeremy Morin opened the scoring for the Hawks just two and a half minutes in, then Brandon Saad made it a two-goal lead less than a minute later.
But it could have been worse. Imagine if, say, less than a minute after that, Red Wings' defenceman Jakub Kindl shovelled a backhand into his own goal to make it 3-0. Yeah, that would just be the worst:
Immediately after Kindl's saucy backhand in tight -- on which Jimmy Howard didn't stand a chance -- a rooster crowed three times.
Dave Bolland got credit for the goal -- Chicago's third in 99 seconds.
It's not hard to see what he was trying to do. With the Blackhawks buzzing in the Detroit end, Kindl pounced on a loose puck in front of Jimmy Howard, kicked it to his stick, then attempted to flip it behind the goal, where it was far less of a threat to go into the goal. But a light slash from Jimmy Hayes was enough to alter Kindl's release, leading to this face from Mike Babcock:
"I should have gone to church."
On the bright side, it's Easter Sunday, so the Red Wings just set themselves up for one hell of a resurrection, and win or lose, there will be postgame chocolate. Unless an angry Babcock confiscates it all, which is a possibility.
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