Dang, you beat me to it. By the way, during the time McGrattan spoke I saw no rats in my apartment. Coincidence ? I think not.
All humor aside, it must be pretty hard for those guys. From one day on the other your no longer needed. But if you watch clips like the the Carcillo clip from yesterday, you remember it's a good thing that enforcers are no longer used. In the end even for the enforcers themselves.
I just watched Coopers press conference. He was claiming that the game depended on a lucky bounce we got on the Datsyuk goal and they on the other side didn't get, calling it a "game of inches". If thats the message he is sending into the Bolts locker room good for us, because they will loose the series then. While we certainly had our fair share of luck yesterday, but we also outplayed and outworked them. It sounds like he is a little too sure of his team, let's hope they have to pay for it.
That's kind the problem, his bad games and good games seem to alternate, which he needs to change...
I imagine well run a tandem next year, unless we win the cup with Mrazek, in which case he's the guy.
To be fair his last game wasn't bad. There is only a certain number of shots a goalie can save if the defense has a day off.
Zetterberg estimated Smith "has learned stuff. He is more experienced and I think he played well for us this year.
"Tampa is a high-speed skating team, and when Smith plays, he can really skate with the puck, and he can keep up with their forwards. I think he's a good fit for the series."
"Stay positive, that' the biggest thing," Smith said, "I was working hard and bag-skating myself, getting Tony to help me out with things that we're working on."
As for what he thought of Babcock's message, Smith simply said he wanted "to be ready when my number is called."
Abdelkader, who missed the first two games for health reasons, said Smith's stay in the doghouse, "was getting at him, but he stayed positive and he worked hard. He's going to provide some physicality for us - he's a big defenseman that takes a body, makes it hard for opponents to get to the front of the net. I think he'll be a big boost. He's raring to go."
It's from St.James, but doesn't sound like Smith has attitude problems. That's good, I hope he has a huge game tomorrow.