3-22-08: Hawks @ Preds: The Fairway Edition
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03-22-2008, 08:53 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, Tn.
it matters not whether you're a doe-eyed optomist, or a sole-blackening pessimist... this was a big win today.. a win that keeps us in the race at least for a few more days despite the odds..
rarely have i seen a team look as relieved as this team did for a normal little old regular season win. you could tell how much pressure the team is putting on itself right now facing this late season fade. ellis and radulov were esctatic, and i have to admit the crowd pretty much was as well. big monkeys off the back of the team (the losing streak), ellis (all but losing his job with rinne coming up) and radulov (who finally gets a shootout goal).
amazing how good a team looks when it plays very disciplined (zero penalties!), does a good job of taking care of the puck, and gets great goaltending in the clutch. looks like the mere threat of rinne made ellis focus and play his heart out tonight, the kind of challenge you have to respond to if you're going to be a big league player.
now, before anyone gets too carried away, this was only a really big win if this team can take care of the next couple of games against the jackets. win those two, and this one was really a mighty huge game. i do know it's a lot easier to win 5 of 6 from here on out than it would have been to have to go 6-0.
ellis was great, four or five super stops.. but again, we have to put some things in perspective. we (he) were mighty lucky as well. mighty lucky. three solid posts with ellis cleanly beaten in regulation and then another in OT. the type of game we could easily have lost three or four to one in regulation or two to one in OT and been on here crying about ellis and played exactly like we did. hockey smiled on us tonight, cann't name the number of times those post hits have gone against us when it was us ringing them. not today though.
i do admit, i had almost forgotten what it felt like to win a game at home, and it's a mighty good feeling. now you expect trotz to come back with ellis tuesday, and hopefully on top of that, maybe we see legwand come back that night as well. goodness knows, the powerplay certainly needs him.
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