Game 7. After a few up and down games, we were able to put together a tough road win in Rockford to force a Game 7 back in Chicago tomorrow night. After Game 5, with our backs against the wall, we had a team meeting talking about keeping our game simple and playing with desperation. Some of the guys on the team felt we needed to loosen up a bit after our game 5 loss, and mandated the shaving of our playoff beards into mustaches, calling game six a 'mustache rally'!!! So out we went in Game 6 with mustaches up and down the bench. I won't say I was gung-ho about the idea, but I am not going to complain, we won, and that is all that matters.
Game 7's are always the most exciting, nerve wracking contests, no matter what sport. You know that you are either going on to the next round, or starting your summer break. I have only played in one other game seven in my career, two years ago when I was in Iowa against Milwaukee. Being the underdogs in that series and coming from a 2 game deficit, you never think about losing in Game 7. Darren Haydar was on Milwaukee that year, and if you talk to him, he acts like they had the series won all along, I think it was a little closer. Although they did win Game 7 pretty convincingly.
The most important part of a Game 7, is the mental attitude. Even though you know that it may be your last game, you have to approach it like every other game, not try to do too much, and just play to our own team's strengths. Taking everything you have learned from playing the last 6 games, using it to your advantage, and at the same time know, that everything that happened in those games doesn't matter. Always believing you are going to be the team coming to the rink the next day to practice for the next round! Everyone is excited to be back in our home rink, with our fans, in our building. We had a great team effort to win Game 6, and I think everyone is really geared up to play tomorrow night, knowing that we if we play smart hockey we will win Game 7 and put ourselves into the conference finals. And of course we have our mustaches, so we have that going for us too!