Thread: Post-Game Talk: 10-13-1. "A bunch of donkeys on skates"
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02-06-2013, 01:50 PM
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IafrateOvie34
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Originally Posted by marcel snapshot View Post
It's spooky - we are running the 94-95 lockout playbook, almost to the tee. We started like crap then, and still made the playoffs.
Jan 21 11 @ Hartford Whalers 001
Jan 24 15 @ Quebec Nordiques 011
Jan 25 02 @ Montreal Canadiens 021
Jan 27 52 New York Islanders 121
Jan 29 14 Pittsburgh Penguins 131
Feb 2 01 Buffalo Sabres 141
Feb 4 32 Florida Panthers 241
Feb7 12 @ Buffalo Sabres 251
Feb 8 45 @ New York Rangers 261
Feb11 11 @ Boston Bruins 262
Feb 13 35 @ Philadelphia Flyers 272
Feb 15 24 @ New Jersey Devils 282
Feb 18 42 Quebec Nordiques 382
Feb 20 02 New Jersey Devils 392
Feb 23, 55 @ Ottawa Senators 393
Feb 25 33 @ New Jersey Devils 394
Feb 26 11 Tampa Bay Lightning 395
Feb 28 24 @ Philadelphia Flyers 3105

We have been terrible so far, and yet are only 4 points out of the 8th spot. The team is playing without any confidence or belief - you can see it drain before your eyes as the game goes on, to the point that by the 2nd period they seem to be asking themselves how are we going to lose this one. Ovie, in particular, is like a brooding doom and gloomer from, well, a Russian novel.

The lack of belief exacerbates our weaknesses - not enough speed, soft board play, lack of net presence, absence of scoring touch. All these things are symptoms right themseleves with a little belief and confidence.
Juneau, Bondra, and Carey made the playoffs possible. I remember ESPN blasting us about the start. We had a decent defense then.

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