Making it passed Rockford in Round 2 was a real tough test for our team.
I don't think we played our best hockey, but we managed to find a game plan that won us games. Sometimes that kind of adversity helps a team. In our case I think coming back and winning the last two games to win the series gave our team a huge confidence boost. Not only did it show us that even when we are down, and off of our game, we can find a way to win a game; but also that we need to play simple, smart, tough hockey. If we don't stick to our game plan, we will lose games, which is what I think happened to us in the middle part of the Rockford series.
Everyone on the team was pretty exhausted after the game Tuesday, it was a total team effort. The locker room was pretty raucous, lots of congratulations all around. It is a odd feeling to go home after a game like that. The quiet is a bit eerie after being all pumped up from the game. It had been such a great game, the crowd was so into it; when the final seconds ticked off it was so loud on the ice, the fans were great, going crazy!!! We loved seeing all the fake mustaches in the stands as well. They seem to be working for us so far, so we plan on sporting them all the way till the end.
Wednesday was nice day off. Especially with the next round starting on Friday, and playing every other day, there won't be much time for recovery over the next two weeks. I slept in, went out for a good breakfast, and a walk around the neighborhood, before ordering pizza and watching the Dallas-Detroit game on TV. Even managed to watch a movie, Tombstone, which I have never seen for some reason. I started laughing when I saw all the actors on the screen sporting the 'cowboy' mustache. I am hoping some of the guys on the team will end up looking like Wyatt Earp before we get done with the postseason.
Back to work today. Whenever you don't skate for a day, you never feel great the next day back. This morning was no different, and I think everyone felt the same way, trying to get the legs going again before Toronto tomorrow night. Like the other two series, we had a meeting going over the Marlies' tendencies and game plan. Watching videos of our previous games against them this year helps to try and see what will work over the next 7 games. This round will be a little different. We haven't had to travel much at all this playoffs, so this will be a change having to fly in between games. Tonight might be the last night I get to relax, so I plan on having a good steak dinner before watching one of my favorite TV shows, "The Office",and the Penguins-Flyers game, before heading off to bed early.