Ugh, back to back late games.
There are those who say that there are no such thing as "moral victories". I disagree. This San Jose game, I believe, counts as one. While we only came away with one point, I believe this team looked a LOT better than the one we've been seeing in the last few home games. The amount of heart, intensity, and all around puck-hunger is greatly improved from before. However long this lasts, I'll take it. The results will come in time.
We've seen how the coaching change has affected the youngsters on our team. I wonder about the captain, Eric Brewer. Last night (OK, earlier this morning) there were many of us on the GDT mentioning him in, dare I say, positive tones. He and Jackman really saved our bacon late in the game. Actually, the last few games have been amongst his best all year. Since Christmas he has 2G, 1A and is -3 (which, during that home stand, ain't too bad).
So, our second installment in Mash-Up week is in honor of Eric Brewer:
Back on 10/17, we got our first victory since Sweden by beating the Ducks in Anaheim by a score of 5-0, with Conklin earning the shutout. Since then, the Ducks have been having more problems, and now reside in 13th place in the West - tied with us in points, but we have a game in hand for 12th. Lately, they have gone 4-6-0 in their last 10, and 2-3-0 in their last 5. Their last game was a 4-1 drubbing of Detwat, so they might be feeling a little better about themselves. We need to put an end to that.
This is you pregame pre-party. Compare traffic nightmare stories, bitch about snow, laugh at the wusses that called in to work, and get ready for a physical game. Puck drops at 9 PM, the GDT should be up shortly before.
If/when we win the Big One, would you consider getting something similar?