I am still at a loss as to how to describe last nights game. It was electric. It was amped. It was hockey heaven for a Preds fan. I cannot imagine a more gutsy performance or never say die attitude than what the Preds displayed last night.
Following the two goals in 9 seconds
to give the Preds the lead the place went berserk! For the final four and a half minutes the place was on it's feet yelling and screaming. My ears we're ringing as I left the game last night...and no that is not an exaggeration. It was that loud!
I mentioned in a couple of my in live game blogs
(over at http://predjoe.wordpress.com/
) that Hasek appeared a little shaky last night...like he could give up some goals last night. Hasek was not sharp last night and the go ahead goal was one that normally he would get. Is this is a sign of things to come? Is there a point that Osgood gets the call?
Our sloppy play
is still leading to Red Wing chances and goals. A nuetral zone turnover by Radulov led directly to the early third period goal by Pavel Datsyuk. The Preds have got to be stronger on the puck and watch the errant passes.
As much as I want to believe it
we just don't have an answer to Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Holmstrom...these guys are good. Very good. We have solid players but not all stars who you fear will score anytime they touch the puck.
Barry Trotz did what he rarely does
when he switched things up midstream last night and put Arnott, Radulov and Erat back together and put Leggy with Dumont and Hlavic. It was just what the doctor ordered. I was thrilled ot see the on the fly adjustments and can't wait to see what he throws out for game two.
Legwand looked great last night.
He was flying all around and had five shots on net. He was a big reason we won that game last night!
Dan Ellis continues
to play solid in net. While not pressured as much last night he made the big saves when he needed to. While not his best performance of the year it was good enough for his first playoff win.
The fans last night made a difference
. After last night I would put our building against any other in the league. We may be rednecks, we may not have been born with skates on our feet, some of these people may have never heard of hockey prior to this team but we are fans. Great fans who love our team and our city and will let them know whenever we can!