Couldn't do much on that one, O'Byrne gave the puck away to an Amerk behind the Dogs net. Quick pass out front, quick shot, goal. Love it if Price could stop that, but you can't blame him for it. 1st goal though, not sure what happened there.
Like a small, blurry white and blue blob zipping around the rink. That could be more to do with B2 though. He seemed quiet the first 14-15 minutes, not like his old self. Then he switched it on, and he looked almost as good as he used to. He suddenly started using his speed from his own blueline and made passes that only he, Kostitsyn and occassionally Locke make. There was a great pass on the PP from the near circle. He faked a pass down low and put a back hand through everyone to the other side of the ice to tee up a teammate. THAT is what the Dogs have lacked for what seems like oh so long. Such a great sight to see someone do that kind of thing for the Dogs again.
End of the 1st - Amerks lead 2-1
Grabovski started his game off with a faceoff loss. Things got better though
The Dogs started with some big hits and by was that an important message to send early. Stortini and Lapierre double teamed Welch along the boards and he went down hard. Not long later, Lapierre nearly broke Mancari. Some slightly questionable hits on both sides though, suprised some of them haven't been called for charging, but the Dogs aren't rolling over here.
Price has had a rough start to the game. He stopped a shot/dump in which bounced into his feet. He moved around looking for it unaware the puck was between his feet. Then that first goal. The guy got to the puck on the half boards, put it on net and it went in. Hard to see it with B2 but Derek seemed to think it hit Price and went in so I'd assume he completely lost sight of it. Hopefully all that is behind him now though.
Creditto Jancevksi and Cote at the back, both guys have sacrificed the body to block shots, Cote with a very nice block on the PK. On the same PK, Chipchura chases the puck deep to the Amerks zone and nearly ploughs through Anderson as he tries to move the puck and head back to his own net. Good pressure from Chip there.
On the Dogs PP, Grabs set up Biron for a blast but it was saved. Not long after, Manlow gets the puck back to the middle of the point for Jancevski who fires a slapshot on net. The rebound bounced about 5-6 feet out from Anderson and Ferland is in his natural position on the PP, front of the net. He is facing the net too so he is right onto the puck and shots it by Anderson. Ferland from Jancevski and Manlow on the PP.
Manlo also had a chance in front later on but his shot was saved. At the other end, O'Byrne gets the puck in his corner and is slow to play the puck. He tries to get his body into position to protect it and then spin round and fire the puck to a teammate behind the net. Only it's an Amerk behind the net. Right on his stick, passed right out front to a teammate who slots it home. O'Byrne has to be more composed or aware there. Someone needs to give him a shout and he needs to make the simple play early instead of take his time. He ended up stuck between three Amerks when he gave it away. Teamwork is very much needed, not sure why it all fell apart there.
Dogs got another PP and Grabs made that pass I mentioned above. He was skating with the puck more, moving around and he looked like he did earlier in the season. Not at his best, but we shouldn't expect that from him yet.
Final chance fell to the Dogs with Manlow out front tipping a shot from Locke just wide of the net.
Dogs are very much in this one, just down because of some mistakes that they can eliminate. The major plus though is that they look dangerous going forward again. Not in the same sense as when they smoked the Amerks in the regular season, but they look like they can make something happen out there. Very good to see and should be a big confidence boost.
2nd coming up...
Originally Posted by WeThreeKings
Haha at the announcer.. I swear to god.. sometime he's gonna flip-out and just be like "FOR ****** sakes, this is f'in ridiculous.. "
I've heard that happen on the pregame on B2 when the 820 cham feed fails. You can hear people getting frustrated and swearing at the modem. But I know technology is enoug to drive anyone crazy. Doubt they'd go crazy on air though, they are still professionals. Plus I have heard them call games reffed by Dean Morton. They really do have amazing restraint