I only checked in in time to see the SO (and bits of the 2nd) - terrible performance. Mayer let in three goals and didn't look sharp. Our four shooters all tried the exact same move - walk in and shoot high - and only Boyce scored. Bournival, Geoffrion and Holland all were stopped.
Great comeback by the Dogs, but couldn't come close to completing the win via shootout. Only heard parts on the radio but a few things made an impression:
1) Gallagher and many of the other rookies competed incredibly well in the third. They do seem like a bunch who will fight hard to stay in games. A long slump might take the fight out of them and they'll have to fight for goals all year long, I suspect, but they were playing hard in the third.
2) Boyce dug himself his own little doghouse with bad penalties, then maybe earned his way out by scoring the tying goal and also scoring in the shootout. Roller coaster game for that boy.
3) For the Amerks, Foligno's name is just constantly being spoken on the radio. The guy seems to be in the middle of the play on each and every shift he plays.
As I said, these are impressions from the radio, so if I'd watched the game I might find them awful, no idea. But for those interested in some kind of report from the game, that's what I got.
I could care less about shootouts, it's not like they make you win championships (please don't give me the argument of the extra point in standings to make the playoffs). What I really liked was the aggressiveness of the forecheck, particularly in the third. Coming from a JM system, I must say it's really refreshing. Actually JM was at ''le premier trio'' and commented on what he saw from the bulldogs. He said that it was obvious they implemented a system that fits both lefebvre and therien, which consist of constant pressure on the puck carrier to create turnovers. I like it. With all the turnovers created in the third, add guys like Bozon/Gally/Kristo and we get at least 2 more goals.