Win, Lose, or Draw in the 3rd period we need to show a level of compete that just hasn't been there in the previous 2 periods. We knew that Jersey was going to come out hot. That was to be expected. However, our lack of answer for that was not.
You don't want to give up prior to the 3rd even starting, but the goal is to split. A series doesn't start until you win one on the road. We just have to learn from the lessons of '06 and realize that regardless of how the first two games of the series look you're not out of it until you roll over.
I am appalled at the lack of effort by Ruutu and Staal tonight. Ruutu is especially surprising as I think he's overwhelmed in his first postseason matchup. If we're going to do ANYthing in this series, we need those two guys to show up. Ruutu could single handedly change the course of this game with a few huge hits but he's not throwing them.
Our most notable forechecker? Sergei Samsonov. Do you think we're going to win hockey games that way?