GDT: Anaheim @ Nashville (Game 2) 7:00 CST
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10-09-2005, 01:55 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
I don't really know what to write. My knees were shakin' as we started overtime 3 on 3. THAT is wide open hockey, of course, they were playing pretty careful but both teams had some chances. Once it was 4 on 4, Anaheim put the pressure on us...we never really attacked their net in the OT, seemed like we didn't wanna give up a odd man rush, although it didn't keep them from attacking in our end.
As for the shootout, I didn't know what to expect. All the Anaheim skaters went after Vokouns stick side, but he stood firm, much better than how he appeared to do in the pre-season games. Sully took a weird angle and really almost took too much of an angle to give himself a chance, at least, thats what it looked like from behind him. Zids just put his shot wide, but going high was the key, just didn't get it on net. And Karyia, obviously, knew exactly what to do and did it to perfection.
I liked the Hordi - Nichol - Stevenson line, they did a lot of banging and played with a lot of intensity.
We started off the game looking very bad. We were not putting passes together, we were however letting guys go unmarked through the slot, and we didn't seem to be communicating very well. Vokoun really kept us in the game through the first period. He played well the entire night, deserved a star for sure.
I've never been a Legwand basher, or a big Leggy fan either. I've always said he played just well enough to not be entirely useless. He took care of his defensive duties, but I don't know if his skill has seriously plummeted or what. He won a puck in the offensive zone and instead of looking up to make a pass to either of two wide open Predators, he keeps his head down and backhands an errant pass through the slot to the other board. He made a few awkward passes tonight, and never really seemed to get into the flow. The guys on the radio show said they were pleased with him, but I just didn't see a first line center there.
Perrault, on the other hand, was very solid. His goals weren't too awfully creative or flashy, but they got it done. He took Sullivan's amazing one-time pass and placed in the back of the net, and banged home his second one right in front of Giguere. He won his faceoffs, and backchecked very well.
As a team, we finished our checks pretty well. We need to keep that up, though we have added skill, we still need to remember what got us to the playoffs...hard work.
Marty Erat had two chances he should have buried, the breakaway and the 2 on 1 where he one-timed a fairly weak shot into the glove of Giguere. The pass may have been out in front of him a bit, so I won't rail on him to bad. I would definitely like to see him scoring though.
Thats it for now, if I think of something else, I know where to come.
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