2012-13 WHL Playoff Thread
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04-28-2013, 12:41 PM
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Portland's evolved into a more disciplined team in these playoffs. They clearly didn't take long to get into Kamloops' collective heads.
When Edmonton was here in February, the Winterhawks made the most of chances in the first two periods (including Leier's goal that I'm still not sure how it got in) and then the Oil Kings completely locked down the blue line in the 3rd. It is- or was- possible for Edmonton to get overconfident given that game and the adjustments the Hawks have made at the end of March... except the injuries perhaps, unfortunately, change a few things.
The Kings have gotten a massive wakeup call against the Hitmen. In games 1 and 3 they assumed they could coast their way to victory on the basis of their talent, which is simply not the case. I am pretty sure that they recognize that the same level of intensity they brought to those early games will not cut it against Portland should they meet them in the final by winning one of the final two games.
In regards to the injury to Reinhart, so far it has not been a problem against the Hitmen, though Portland is certainly deeper offensively than Calgary. Guys that were scratches earlier in the playoffs like Ashton Sautner and Stephen (?) Shmoorkoff have played well.
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