Preds Drop Game One…April 11, 2008
Some quick thoughts before bed (have to get up at 4:45 to work out!):
Preds were out shot 40-20…that cannot happen and we have a chance in this thing.
Dan Ellis is showing the rest of the NHL what we have learned this season…this kid is legit! Solid game for his first playoff start ever. He kept us in it for sure and bailed out the D several times.
There is no better puck possession team than the Wings. They are good. At times tonight they seemed to be putting on a keep away clinic.
Not only are they great with the puck but they fill the slots and holes so well that getting pucks through to the net or teammate seems, at times, impossible.
You hate to see the deciding goal be a questionable one. This is a game of bounces and breaks and the Wings got one here. Maybe we’ll get one next time.
I firmly believe that if we can get 25-30 shots a night on Hasek we will win this series. He is giving up rebounds and is not the force he once was…there are chinks in his armor but we have to be able to get to him.
It’s only a matter of time before Tootoo and McCarty drop the gloves. Early in the game I thought I saw Tootoo mouthing to McCarty something to the effect that we’ll get around to going, don’t worry.
Will be interested to hear the long term outlook on Scott Nichol. He is one of our big time energy guys and a big part of our PK. I’ve been hard on him in the past for some of the bonehead penalties he has taken in the playoffs but he has been so valuable to us this season.
It appears that Legwand was close to coming back tonight…let’s hope we get him back for game two.
It stinks to be down 1-0 but overall I felt we played Detroit pretty well tonight and I think we could be in for a long series!