Back to back games against any team always are interesting. The game on Sunday against Iowa was a perfect example of how one game's intensity carries over into the next. Right from the drop of the puck in Sunday my defensive partner Boris Valabik was involved in a fight with Iowa's BJ Crombeen, a rematch from Friday night.
The two of them had been playing a physical game against each other Friday, and I know at least Boris wanted to set the tone on Sunday that our team was ready to play and wasn't going to allow Iowa to control the game physically. And, although I am biased, I have to say Boris got the better of his opponent.
The first period was definitely a battle to control the game, two more fights breaking out in the period, myself and Nathan Oystrick both fighting in our defensive end. At least from my point of view, from someone that doesn't fight a lot, sometimes it is necessary to protect yourself, your teammates, and I think most importantly your goaltender. Iowa was trying to create scoring chances for themselves by crashing our net, trying to get rebounds off of our goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
I guess I felt one of their players was getting a little too close and being a little too physical around Pavelec. The goalies are so vulnerable to injury when they are on the ground making saves. That makes it important for everyone, especially defensemen, to protect them, boxing out our opponents, not letting them obstruct our goalie's view, and certainly never hit them.
After the first period, the game settled down, and we were able to get a solid 3-1 victory. We are heading out of town on Tuesday for a four-day road trip to San Antonio, so today is a good day to relax. A bunch of us our heading out to see the Foo Fighters in concert at Allstate Arena and enjoy the night, before a big week of games, four in five days, that will have big implications on the division and league standings.