Let us not start the ref nonsense. Can't blame them when our team is playing like Golden Seals.
That one wasn't nonsense. Rod clears the puck and Shanahan runs into Rod's followthrough after the stick is already up at shoulder level. Sorry, that's a pretty easy non-call for any competent ref. But DVM has a pretty big history with the Canes so stuff like that is to be expected from him.
Canes are not being allowed to match the Dev's physical play. Leaving the feet? Yes a penalty but I've seen it twice from the Devs already. Just previous they could have called interference when Cole dumped the puck in. Add that to a bad call on the high stick and what should we talk about? We've had 6 minutes of penalties already.
One thing I have noticed about the Devils defensively is when we apply even just a bit of pressure it seems they're not very good. They seem to collapse but get pretty loose. Problem is, we're having a hard time being in the right position to pounce on rebounds and doing what it takes to get in, get dirty, and knock some home. I noticed it in the first game to in the very few opportunities we had.
I really don't think this Devils team is that 'great' as they're looking. If we can step up to the plate and use our speed, forecheck, fire pucks at the net and be there standing in front, I see quite a few goals as a result.
If we can apply solid pressure in the offensive zone, keep the puck on net with a man or two in front, we should be able to knock a few in.
This is HUGE. Knocking one in here before the period ends would be a breath of fresh air.
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I know the Devils were SH, but as I said, apply pressure, and they seem quite loose when they collapse defensively. And they did what I just talked about, shoot the puck on net and be there to pick up and rebounds or loose pucks.
Under Maurice it seems this team really tries the last minute of a period. Those goals can be momentum turners. Of course it helps to be on a PP.
Yep. Any goal in the last minute of a period is HUGE. They've gotta have a good feeling going into the locker room. We got out of that period, it was better than last game. Still not great but we're in it and we need to come out in the 2nd and play like this team can ****ing play.