I'm reminded of our six game losing streak two years ago that offset our perfect 6-0 start. We scored something like 5 goals during that winless stretch, yet later that season we set the record for consecutive home wins.
Of course we have more question marks in terms of personnel this year than in seasons past, but it's not like hitting a cold streak is anything new to any team in the nhl. This is the nature of the game and until we see something nearing a "colorado 2 wins in 18 games" record, I ain't too worried.
This was the most evenly matched game in this series so far. Both teams missed a lot of good opportunities and momentum was shifting frequently. Smith makes a ton of mistakes and his criticism is deserved, but might I remind everyone of Ericsson circa 2010-2011? There are inevitable growing pains with our rookie defense, but we shouldn't be so quick to write these guys off as evidenced by Ericsson's development over the past couple years and, to a lesser extent, Kindl's this year.
Realistically I just cannot see this team going deep this year even if we come out on top in the these last two games, but no one really considered this team a serious cup contender at any point during the season, so are we all actually that surprised that we may not make it out of the first round?