Red and Black Mojo?
David, did you have a sign tonight that read, "My Beard Believes?" I did a double take in the third when the camera panned the stands and I saw what I'm sure was your memorable visage. Right after that, Dougie Weight scored the equalizer. This presumed DLee mojo countered the bad JD mojo of the second period when he described how Lavvy wanted everybody who called him the last few weeks to know he was waiting until after the playoffs to call them back. He was almost making those calls tonight. Immediately after this bit of fluff commentary, the Sabers scored the go ahead goal.
Doug Weight kept his word. He made up for the bad penalty of Tuesday night. To my eyes, the Weight, Ladd, Whitney line was the best Hurricane line tonight.
Roddy's pucker meter was pegged tonight. He admitted as much in the on ice interview after the game. He was tentative all night until he pounced on the lose puck for the game winner. Nice shot at Lindy Ruff in the post-game interview as well. Roddy doesn't make it a habit to call folks out in public. Ruff's theatrics must have really pissed him off.
Spent the last few minutes in Leo Mazzoni mode, rocking back and forth with nervous energy until Justin Williams put it away.
Unlike anybody else the Canes have played thus far in these playoffs, these Sabers made you nervous every time they crossed the blueline with the puck. Kovalev made you a bit nervous-ditto Elias, but nearly every Buffalo forward and blueliner (Lydman) made my stomach turn when they had the puck in our end. The Sabers are a bunch of gutsy, opportunistic and skilled warriors. I know it sucks tonight for Buffalo Fan to think what might have been if only they could have sent a full roster to the ice. We were without Erik Cole, but they were missing Teppo, Connelly and a holy host of players and still could easily have won this series. The Sabers are solid with no real rent-a-players in their lineup. They're bitter. Their fans are wicked bitter. They'll be back. Deepest respect to Kevin at BfloBLog for the thoughtful post on a tough night.
Not only did they not touch the Prince of Wales trophy, Roddy huddled them up for a team photo op. Team comes first under the Lavvy/Roddy regime.
In 2002 I was elated when the Canes made it to the Cup finals. In 2006, I remember what a downer it was after game one of those finals. Rest up boys. It's business as usual tomorrow. The Oil went to New York to get ready for the finals. They should fire their travel agent. They're comin' south.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Red and Black Mojo?
Posted by M15D at 6/01/2006