Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch, so how about those that have hatched?
Being up 2-0 isn’t always an indication that a team is finally looking like it is in control of its own destiny, but really? We’re up 2-0 on the quackers and both wins have been quite the little dominating outings, wouldn’t you say? I have been BLOWN away by the job the Stars have done in the first two games of this series. Don’t get grumpy with me for being overly confident yet! This playoff pessimist certainly isn’t changing her views, though; as a quote said on the THN website, “prepare for the worst and, by God, hope for the best.”
Game 2 “expert” analysis
Sure I suppose one could grouse around about letting two goals in on Saturday night, but, and it pains me to say it, Marty isn’t always going to backstop a shutout in the playoffs. Truthfully, yes, that would be theoretically possible and quite possibly make me explode from sheer elation, but you and I both know that isn’t going to happen every night. Those goals the Ducks scored in game 2 were preventable, but I think they were needed to make sure the guys knew they couldn’t be lax about the series, whether it was consciously in their minds or not. Rookie mistakes on the D were almost very costly for the Stars, but thankfully because of the team not losing composure and the overall precision that has been shown to us for the last two games, many people just look back and say, “Ahh, they’re a young bunch, no harm done.” The nervous rookie in Niskanen must be overcome if we’re going to keep playing this spring. I’m not harping on the guy, I just think he needs to be coming out of the dressing room ready to make some opponents road- err, ice -kill. Here are some specific guys I have been very impressed with so far:
Brad Richards: Heck yeah! If he keeps playing this way, I may just stop picking at him so much. He seems like a different guy from the bumbling, puck-losing, more wobbly on skates than me kind of guy he was right after the trade! Richards is really being the playoff sniper he was promised to be. Remember, I did say that I would be a happy camper if he played like this! Let’s hope that continues.
Stephane Robidas: GO ROBI! What else is there to say? Robi IS the unsung hero of this team, though he quite obviously has been having his praises sung by many, many fans.
Nicklas Grossman: Who would know this guy was a rookie? Grossman has come out of the locker room for both games like he was a veteran D-man and has lit up the ice with his performances. Great job, Grossman!!
Mike Ribeiro: Razor said it best when he said trying to contain Ribsy was like trying to nail jelly to a tree! The way he plays by himself or side-by-side with the rest of the team astounds me.
Loui Eriksson: Ah, our wonderful, and easily verbally confused, Loui! He may not get the finer points of English, but that’s certainly okay! His play speaks volumes over his speech!
Mattias Norstrom: Holy freaking crap, Norstrom!! Where was this play during the season? I may not have screamed at you so much had you played like this from the start! He has been fulfilling that veteran D-man role he has needed to all year with quite a flourish!
And I of course can’t forget the rest of the team! ALL of the guys have been playing as a team and have been playing VERY well. This list was just a select few that have been overly amazing to me.
Now on to game 3 back in Texas!