Sunday, March 26, 2006

More like it

Great effort all round from the Oil last night - a full 60 minutes - when is the last time that we saw that. Team defence was stifling - especially in the last seven minutes of the third - and nobody but Naslund looked even remotely dangerous 5 on 5. Excellent discipline but strong physical play with Smyth setting the tone early and Moreau, Torres, Hemsky (?) following up. Compare this to Bertuzzi's penalties - two - both stupid.

Best signs - Smyth, Hemsky, Horcoff, Moreau, Pronger, Spacek, Smith - in other words their best players and/or leaders, set the tone with strong play in every facet. And Staios was a beast - what a terrific game at both ends of the rink. Pisani too.

Fourth line reated some energy and had a nice forecheck going. Peca had a nice game except had two chances to clear on their first PK and was a little lackadaisical both times. Made up for it on the nice play on Naslund in the third and an overall strong game.

Roloson looked good but man, the rebound control.

All in all a needed two points but where has this been for the last two months!

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