donlever wrote:...it would also be nice if the building were vibrating tonight.
The fans in game one were much like the team.
Pretty much disinterested.
Assuming we are just going to breeze on through perhaps?
I wasn't there, but I thought the fans were going pretty good for the first few minutes. We opened the scoring on some great work by Burrows (go figure) and some cheeky play by Kesler (surprise surprise). Then the penalties and lazy hockey started, the Kings ended up with a weak call PP which resulted in back-to-back 5-on-3's. Crowd was done.
My level of interest was probably much the same as all the fans there, it ebbed and flowed with the team. Even in the 3rd period when we were pressing and it was tied up at deuces. I just didn't sense that they had this one, all our shots were coming from outside and either missing or being blocked. On the rush we were stacking one side of the ice and ever puck that went wide off the boards, deflected off a defender, or was a rebound from Quick to the far side was either scooped up unopposed by an LA player or flew up the boards and back out of the zone. There were multiple open nets that were just begging for puck off a rebound.....but know Canuck in sight.
One more thing that vexes me.....on the PP, when we lose the draw, why is the slot-side point man not hustling his ass over to the far boards to stop the clearing attempt. Or even just setup a few feet further over because if you pick that end-around clearing attempt off at the far point, that point man has a decent look at the net or time to settle it and let the PP setup.
Sutter-style hockey will always give this team fits. I sure as hell didn't see any of the "new" PP systems either last game. We better see something worth watching tonight.