Watched the later parts of the Devils game when I got in and what a
shock, another multi-overtime game.
I was wondering why it seems like there has been so many two, three
or more ot games ? Only because it's true. Here we are in the second
round and it's a new playoff record of eight multi-overtime games.
The National Hockey League is going to become Major League Soccer if
this continues. This trapping style will one day produce another six
overtime game or longer. A call for four on four playoff overtimes
and shootouts will be coming soon afterward.
When the game opened up both teams had some chances and it was fun.
Devils are the anti-Murphy's law team, whatever can go wrong will
happen to the other team, not ours. A home team finally wins one of
these kind of game.
These players come from everywhere and just fit right into this
sytle and system. Grant Marshall ?
Both teams earned the win, Devils got the bounce but this team makes
it's bounces and breaks. Tampa had two brutal penalties called
against them in overtime and one penalty the refs ignored on New
Jersey almost gave them the game winner on a turnover.
Brodeur and Grahame were outstanding in overtime, Brodeur made a
helmet save and was shaky when the puck hit him. Martin St. Louis
(fantastic playoff) dove to swat it into the net and even woozy
Brodeur got his arm down and stopped the puck. Unreal.
Say one thing for John Tortatella, he does whatever he thinks he
needs to do and does not care about the circumstances. His team will
be back, this is not Carolina and it's only going to get better as
Lecavalier gets some more experience with his teammates. Also
this team played a series much closer than 4-1 and made New Jersey
make some mistakes they usually do not make.
Shocking that Khabubulin was sat down facing elimination. From what I
have seen of this series he was not the reason they were trailing,
but Tortarella does what he thinks needs to be done. He actually
coaches the Rangers for a few days after Muckler got canned.
Only saw the score of the other game, the Sopels and Klatt's of the
Vancouver Canucks keep scoring big goals to win games. Minnesota has
them right where they want them, down 3-1.
To be serious, can you lose a series in game one ? IMHO, yes. When
you give up the tying goal with 1.2 seconds left and lose in overtime
and win game two on the road, coming home up 2-0 can make the team
trailing change things.
Vancouver did not have that pressure because of game one and the
St.Louis series showed they are not going to give the series away
anyway. But it may have made the difference.
Does Minnesota have another miracle in them ? Maybe. They know it can
be done and there is no pressure on them, who is the goalie may be
the only question. Whoever it is, must carry the team.