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Toasted Oates wrote:If Hitch feels like he has to be stingy with certain forwards' minutes, I'm surprised he hasn't copied off of Sutter and rolled with 7 d men. Russell had played really well until the Leo/JayBo trades forced him out. Plus, as you guys pointed out, Jackman was running on fumes and even managed to allow an odd man rush by falling on his ass. Also, IMO, Russ would be a nicer option than 33 on the PP.
Scratch 91 (again) bring in 4, forget that trip to LA, and start fresh on this best of 3.
Nyghtewynd wrote:Oaklandblue wrote:
And for those talking mess about Tank, look, how long did it take Brett Hull to be a breakout star? He wasn't a huge hit when he touched ice for the first year or two, he was just a highly touted one with skill that everyone spoke highly of. Tank is the same way and we'd have seen more of that if it wasn't for two, not one, but two concussions.
I don't think anyone disagrees with that analysis of his game. I'm just not interested in him trying to develop it over six minutes in a game in the playoffs. Either he's not able to play at this level yet, or Hitch isn't willing to play him at this level. He will next year, but it's not next year yet.
cprice12 wrote:I thought Petro looked terrible.
He was mishandling the puck all over the place and frequently got outworked. The Kings were pressuring hard and most of the Blues had a hard time with the transition game. The Blues were out of sync for long stretches.
The Kings simply wanted game #4 more.
Those were the Kings from last year's playoffs. They finally showed up. Their forecheck came in waves and we got hemmed in for long stretches. They crashed the net and took advantage of it.
I think we just saw the Kings at their best...and we had a lead in the 3rd period...so that's encouraging.
LA is a damn good team, and a damn good team at home...so this isn't shocking that they took both home games...but it is disappointing since we should have easily won game #3.
Win our home games and we'll move on.
Game 5 becomes monumental now. Win it and we're in good shape. Lose it and we're in a heap of trouble.
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