Welcome to the Cellblock
Your Hockey and Humor Headquarters from Predators Country

Game Recaps

Friday, February 08, 2008

2/7 - Preds v. Frightening

by pred303guy
(courtesy of the Nashville Predators message boards)

a game that you simply have to say a few things about... and then try to forget;

...the game after an OT loss is what determines how you ultimately mentally feel about that OT loss. win the next game, and the point gained in this one looks so much better (you think, we've gained points in 2 consecutive games). lose saturday, and this OT loss looks so much worse (you think we've now lost two in a row).

...a point we certainly didn't deserve.
...hope the lethargic play was the flu.
...hordichuk was terrible. taking those two unforced icings helped give them the momentum.
...our forwards lost all battles for the puck in our defensive end along the boards.
...our forwards pretty much stunk in every facet of the game. only 10 total shots by our forwards in this whole game.
...we focused far too much on worrying about lecavalier's line. we reacted to them, not them to us.
...we should have led 3-0 after the first period. but we we lucky we also weren't behind 3-1 after two periods.
...don't care what stats say, they had zero real scoring chances in the entire first period.
...to play so well in the first, made this tougher to watch.
...the turning point was of course, the 3 minute stretch in the 2nd when our 4th line couldn't get the puck for 3 minutes, and took 3 icings.
...ellis with a good game. two rebound goals, the first being unavoidable, the second not.
...2 goals in 2 games yet 3 points. a minor miracle.
...the normal 13k people there. the same 10 thousand you can truly depend on to support this team, with the normal rotation of about 2-5 casual gawkers. a shame there's not more interest.

oh well. have to simply block this one from the memory banks. we have to start getting some offense somewhere else other than rads and dumont. has to come from the pp or from legwand/bonk/erat or the blueline. anywhere. if not, it's going to kill us the second rads cools off.

Posted by Section 303 at 8:11 AM

Sunday, February 03, 2008

2/3 - Preds v. Wild Dingos

by pred303guy
(courtesy of the Nashville Predators message boards)

wow.. that was close..

what an exciting, extremely hardfought game that one was. a game where when you walked out of it, you felt dog-tired, or at least i did. a game where you could never relax, where you felt as if we were hanging on by our fingernails from the minute where they scored their first goal early there midway thru the second and of course that is exactly what we were doing. kept glancing up at the time clock the rest of the night, thinking ok 20... 12... 8... 5 minutes to go, can we hold them off? felt like forever whenever you looked up.

a few morning after random thoughts:

...ellis, this kid has simply been consistently good. you just have confidence now that whenever he started he'll give you a chance to win. another solid game. in fact a very good game.

...what a play hamhuis made swatting that puck out of the air after it bounced off ellis' glove. huge play.

...shame to see dumont's strak end. he could have had 3 or 4 assists, and a goal himself very easily.

...great to see erat-legwand step up with arnott out. that's what we had to have.

...erat with a fine game. in fact that line with a fine game. some nights you want to scream at him to pass the puck when he's skating around and not giving it up. then he makes a couple of plays like last night and you say, "uhh, ok nevermind". some nights that works, other it doesn't. it did last night.

...what a great screen peverley had on erat's goal. bryz was caught peeking back to his right around him, which in turn left that little crack shortside just as the puck got there.

...what an amazing between the legs, perfectly placed inside the upper corner defelction on the legwand goal.

...both those goals were basically perfect plays by us... they had to be, because you had the feeling it was going to take perfect plays and luck to beat bryzgalov - and it did, all three goals.

...thank goodness we won in OT and didn't have to go to a shootout. i just knew we would lose if that had happened.

...always a special atmosphere when you have a sellout in the place. can feel the enregy and hear the buzz constantly.

...rads was a special player out there last night. generated some mighty good chances out of nothing several times. mighty dangeros when he takes the puck off the right halfboard into the slot, because he seems to be able to generate a shot out of nowhere when he's going back to his left. he's so herky-jerky that he surprises defenders when he shoots the puck, you just cann't read when he's ready to shoot.

...funny, 6 good shots before the game winner. and he scores by one bouncing off his shoulder without him getting a stick on it.

this is a bunch of guys you simply ought to love as a team. if the truth be known and recognized, we're a slightly undermanned group out there, with obvious shortcomings. and yet, we're a good team. we're a good team because we play hard, people each have recognized and bought into their roles, and these guys obviously believe they're better than they probably really are.

i almost feel sorry for those unhappy with this team, because if you spend all your time worrying about "yeah but what will we do in the playoffs?" and worrying how badly we need another top line winger and a million other things, well you're missing some mighty good hockey moments.

funny how when you recognize what a dogfight you're in to even make the playoffs how much more enjoyable it makes every single win. every game feels so critical. probably because it is. fcm said it the other day, we basically have playoffs for the remaining 29 games. a person needs to recognize that and savor every little twist and turn. this is a team that a guy can be proud of being a fan of, a hardworking, gritty little band of brothers type team.

going to be quite the ride these next two months, not for the feint of heart...

Posted by Section 303 at 9:53 AM

Home of the loudest fans in the loudest arena in the NHL