Gotta love the enthusiasm and naivety of the biggest and most loyal of fans. We only try and see the good, no matter how poorly they played. Oh well, everybody gets one, just ask Spiderman. I give them a pass but I expect a better effort on Tuesday in the Tdot.
On the plus side, at least we saw what Pascal had to offer. He made numerous amazing stops and I feel a lot more confident with our goaltending at the moment. We all knew he COULD do it, now we know he will. Erik Karlsson didn't look out of place at all, regin scored the 2nd goal and Carkner played solid, knowing his role and even taking on the champ in Brashear. I don't have much negative to say about the 3 debuts. For their 1st game, they were stellar.
Some of the regulars on the other hand, couldn't have looked worse. Good to see Mike Fisher's newly awarded A didn't get in the way of him being invisible and unaffective, until the final whistle, when he decided to fight. Kovalev had a few flashes of brilliance but I hoped for more. I was hoping this offseason was going to really change Spezza's game. He seemed more mature and more suited to a monster season but he was back to his old blind back drop passing self, in midseason form even. Alfie was Alfie, scored a goal and played hard, is the heart of the team. Kelly still has hands of stone, Neil wasn't physical enough. Another bright spot was newcomer Milan Michalek, who was a threat all night and do I ever love his speed. Looks like he will be a real gamer for us. He's becoming a favorite of mine already.
We all know we have to be better and be more disciplined. I'm sure Coach Clouston was fuming after the game and will demand a much better effort in the Battle of Ontario. I see a big bounceback game. Let's hope for all of our health's sake, this was the exception and not the rule of how our season will play out. On to Tdot.