I drempt that I was Jimmy's goalie coach. I was Yoda-sized and flew around on a little flying carpet. I had him blindfolded and was saying all sorts of Jedi-esque things like, "Feel the flow of the air as the puck leaves the ice and rises. You will know that it is going top shelf. You must learn to feel which way the puck is going. Be one with the air, and you become one with the puck." That kind of drivel.
Nothing really happened. Just a lot of me talking and floating on my magic carpet.
I understand those who address specific deficiencies such as our defense needing to tighten up, or our offense needing to score more. I'm cool with that.
I understand those who have looked at both teams and decided that the Sharks are better, so they won't be as disappointed if we lose than if we had lost to Phoenix or a lesser team like that. I'm cool with that.
I sort of understand those who see that we're down to elimination games and who throw in the towel early. They're probably young and have never learned that life requires you to grind through to the very end. This is, after all, the immediate gratification generation. It's annoying, but they'll grow up.
What I can't understand is those who have given up and insist on wearing their lack of faith as some sort of badge of intelligence. I don't understand those who belittle the faithful for sticking with a team that is still in the race. I don't understand those who look at the series and say, "Well, we're behind. Time to give up." and then proceed to ridicule those who don't follow their defeatist attitude.
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.