We knew going up to Milwaukee that the series was going to take a little turn. Whenever you change venues to the other team's home ice, the tempo changes. We weren't disappointed.
The ice in Milwaukee was soft and slow, making the puck bounce all over the place. The game was physical, but because the ice was so slow, the game wasn't as fast. Our team plays with a lot of speed, so anytime the game slows down, it tends not to be to our advantage. Although the game was a roller-coaster, back and forth, we were able to win in overtime off a Darren Haydar rebound goal. In the locker room after the game, everyone was excited, but exhausted at the same time. A lot of guys around the locker room were beat up and looked forward to a couple days rest before Game 4 on Wednesday.
Even though it was a short road trip, we were all pretty happy to get on the bus, eat our dinners, and head home to get some rest. Monday was an optional day, and most of the guys took the day to sleep in and catch up on rest. I know I was personally pretty sore the next day, and it was nice to get outside and enjoy the Chicago spring weather. Whenever we have a day off like that in the middle of a lot of games, I like to get out and walk around, stretch the legs and try to get the soreness out of my legs. I watched a little bit of the NHL playoffs on TV at night, and packed up to go back on the road on Tuesday, preparing for our first back-to-back games of the series, returning home on Thursday.
I was a little flustered last road trip, because my pre-game meal spot, Mo's Cucina had closed down recently, apparently not many other people thought it was a great spot. So for this trip, I have to go find myself a new dinner spot. Every time I ask someone where to go, they always mention a German restaurant. Normally I would be all excited to try a little local Milwaukee fare, but I am a little cautious about sausages the night before a game.
Taking a lead in the series was a huge step for our team. Game 3 will definitely be a tough game, both teams knowing how big a difference a two-game differential is. We had a good practice Tuesday morning, a video session on tendencies from Game 3, a little lunch, and we got on the bus up to Milwaukee.