They say playoff hockey is an emotional roller coaster. And I must say I am exhausted after round 1. Can you imagine if the Preds go to the finals what this would be like?
GAME 2- The Preds get a crazy goal from behind the net to tie in the final minutes and then win in the 2nd overtime. Pekka Rinne makes several saves that had Vancouver victory written all over them. Game winner scored by unlikely hero Matt Halischuk.
GAME 3- The Preds miss chances early to go up 2-0 or 3-0 but only get 1 goal. The second period was something to forget and then the Preds tie things up 2-2 with 6 minutes to go on Joel Ward's wraparound. If emotions weren't high enough then, toss in the questionable penalty call on Shea Weber 10 minutes into overtime. Then sudden death strikes on the Kessler goal for Vancouver.
GAME 4- Preds offense has to get going and I hope I finally get to see Colin Wilson play since Steve Sullivan is injured. He is the top stick handler and one of the best offensive players on the roster. Steve Sullivan is not known for defense, so Colin's lack of 2 way play is not going to be any different that what we are getting now. Jared Smithson can't take penalties waving sticks in Roberto Luongo's face either. Vancouver's power play now has confidence after GAME 3(2 for 4), the Preds have to stay out of the box.
The roller coaster cranks up again tonight at 7:30. Have your Tums ready.