Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Oh fudge!

Canes lost 6-5 in double overtime. Double Overtime! Talk about a real bummer. Canes went down 3-0 in the first (no thanks to you Martin Gerber), then tied it up, then went ahead. Then Montreal tied it up, then took the lead again, then the Canes tied it up 5-5 to send it to overtime. No score in overtime, second overtime Canadiens score.
Canes actually played pretty well. Coming back like they did was great. Sadly, there are no points for overtime losses in the playoffs. You win or you lose, no grey area.
The problems I attribute their loss to are:
1) They were getting tired near the end of the first overtime. You could tell because they weren't skating as fast-paced as they had been near the end of regulation.
2) Martin Gerber. Okay, I know, he was the goalie who essentially led us to the playoffs, but something is wrong with him. 3 goals let in on 13 shots? That's a .769 save percentage. On the flip side, Cam Ward let in 3 goals on 23 shots. That's a .870 save percentage. And two of the goals Gerber let in were soft. No traffic, no tips, just Gerber missing the puck. The interesting thing is that, even with Gerber playing like this, it's undecided who will go in goal for Game 3. Memo to Coach Laviolette: Put Ward in. I don't want to go 3-0 in the series cause Gerber is playing like crap.

Canes are down 2-0 in the series. Teams have come back from that deficit before, but for the Canes to do this, they HAVE to win two in Montreal to tie up the series. HAVE TO. In other words, don't write em off just yet, but if they lose another...
I don't want to think about it.

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