Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Random Game One Takes

The Oilers were clearly the better team last night...until they weren't.

Before the game yesterday, I thought about wrtiting a post to break the series down in real simple terms. If the Canes roll Rollie-Canes win. If Rollie gets on a roll-Oil win. Before he was hurt, Roloson was just not all that. Cam Ward was. Edge Canes with or without Roloson in the Oil lineup.

The Hurricanes came out clumsy and indecisive. Thank God for Glen Wesley. When all others lose their head, he's rock solid. Fantastic penalty kills by the boys.

I saw a quote from Ryan Smyth where he was glad to get the series going because the Oil were starting to brawl amongst themselves at practice. They came out like they'd been living on Jolt Cola for that past two weeks. Frankie Kaberle was definitely hearing footsteps last night.

Has anybody seen Eric Staal? Where'd the kid run off to? Four shots on goal for the game-none in the third.

Mark Recchi is still squeezing the stick a bit tight. His blind-guy-with-a-cane-crossing-a-cattle-guard drive with the puck right into Roloson's pads shows he's still strung pretty tight.

Andrew Ladd is becoming a nightmare for opposition defensemen. Not sure I'd blame Bergeron too much on the play that took out Roloson. I'm sure he saw Ladd's awkward rush and thought he had to either knock him to the side or risk an off balance Ladd plowing his goalie straight away.

Chris Pronger is the difference-maker on D. When he's off the ice, the Oil are just not the same team. He's nasty in the crease and poised with the puck to start the breakout. The Canes did a good job of denying him quality slappers on the PP.

Wake Up Call
I read a great book a few years ago called An Army at Dawn, by Rick Atkinson. It's about the U.S. Army fighting across North Africa during 1942-43. In the book Atkinson says it took the Army getting their asses kicked around for awhile to make them start to hate the Germans. Once they had been embarrassed enough to hate Rommel's boys they started to get the upper hand. Now "hate" in this sense is a bit strong, and hockey is not war. The analogy is just meant to make the point that the Hurricanes just seem to need to get knocked around a little before they bring their "A" game. It took two games vs. Montreal. It took a period and three minutes vs. the Oil.

3 comments:

Chris said...

My impression of it was it took one person to get his hate on, and the rest of the team followed. In the second intermission interview, anger radiated off Brindy. I mean, it was visible.

I pity the fool who crossed his path on the way back to the locker. I definitely wouldn't want him mad at me.

Teena said...

Go, Leafs, Go!

Alas, we never got to say that here in Toronto :(

Good luck to the Oilers!!

The Acid Queen said...

My impression of it was it took one person to get his hate on, and the rest of the team followed. In the second intermission interview, anger radiated off Brindy. I mean, it was visible.

Absolutely--as the Warchief goes, so goes the clan.