What we need now is a dominating game. If we lose game 5, well, we all know what the big problem there is finding something else interesting on TV since the Wings won't be playing anymore.
If we win game 5, by a slight margin, we're still down, and probably wearing out faster than the Sharks at this point. Games 6, and 7 will be progressively more difficult. It's not so much about playing the odds of the series score, as much as it is gauging the amount of effort, and exhaustion that comes with making a slow comeback from such a series. Philly did it last year, but they didn't win the cup, and looked beat to death against chicago much of the time. Every game gets harder as a series goes on, and this applies to both teams, but it tends to seem to affect the team that is fighting for survival more. Game 5 will be harder.
This is why, in order to have a shot in this series, we obviously need to win game 5, but even more important is we need to blow them out in game five.
As proven in game 4, a 3 goal lead is not a safe lead. Unfortunate, because usually it would be.
We need to blow them out in game 5, if we want to push it to 7. Blow them out in game 5, put them on their heels, make them question what they have, and create a sense of urgency. Force them to play aggressive, and hopefully sloppy in game 6.
Their goaltending was solid again, but shakier. And now we're scoring on spin-o-rama's, and pond skip bounce style shots. Two "NO WAY DID THAT GO IN!!!" goals in one game, will perhaps inspire the wings to take the uncalculated shot, take the sloppy shot, and just shoot, shoot, shoot. We beat Niemi twice on very strange shots. OK, if he wants to play a perfect game against a perfect system, perhaps we just need to shoot ANYTHING at him. Cause it worked once, and if it works again.... Crush a goalies confidence, and he loses skill points
Game 5 really doesn't mean much (Aside from total elimination), because we still have two chances to lose it, versus 1 chance to win it, even if we do win it.
We need a blow out.
Something to make them realize, we are not done. We don't need to squeak by with a 3-2 style win, we need a good solid 5-1 type win.
So my call to all LGW fans is get TWO lucky rabbits foots, pray, meditate, and Sacrifice a goat (I don't care, steal one if you have to, we need all the gods covered).
Your analysis is correct, and I agree with what it would do to Niemi and the Sharks, but I worry about what a blow out would do to the Wings. They have a tendency to get over-confident and lazy after a big win. They don't come out inspired, and then they all of a sudden realize that it's the 3rd period and they have to put on a show to win. Sometimes it doesn't work.
We can't take that chance in these must-win games. I think a one or two goal win is good. Anything more than that might come back to bite us in the butt.
BTW: I can't find a goat, can I just stab some tofu?
I've gone back and looked at all of these lovely posts since I've been gone from here. If you notice that the view to post ratio is skewed, it is due to people like me who just must see all of the posts so as to glean from them all of the goodness therein. Every time a new page is viewed, it counts as another view (and, of course, if you post it counts as 2 views because it returns you to the page along with your new post), so I have viewed this topic about three times more than I have posted due to loving all of your contributions.
Kudos to all of the people who aren't weeping and wailing for the sake of being dramatic.
I'll respect those who know the game and don't like some things that they are seeing and wish to respect it.
I'll respect those who have blind faith.
Those who just want to be drama queens are annoying.
They scored first? There are only 2 1/2 periods left in the game? It's only the second game of the series and you're saying "We suck! We might as well not play! We might as well not even try! We're doomed!" This one's for you, Mr. Over-the-top Gloom and Doomer:
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she
should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags werenít good for
the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, ďWe didnít
have the green thing back in my day.Ē
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation
did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, that generation didnít have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer
bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed
and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled.
But they didnít have the green thing back in that customer's day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didnít have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
But she was right. They didnít have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the babyís diapers because they didnít have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts Ė wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right, they didnít have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house Ė not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a hankerchief, not a
screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended
and stirred by hand because they didnít have electric machines to do
everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a
wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble
Back then, they didnít fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised
by working so they didnít need to go to a health club to run on
treadmills that operate on electricity.
But sheís right, they didnít have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole
razor just because the blade got dull.
But they didnít have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a
24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an
entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didnít need
a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000
miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old
folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?