Heading to Toronto ....
On the road. Really our first road trip of the playoffs. We haven't had to do any major traveling in the first to rounds playing in Milwaukee and Rockford. Winning our first two games at home puts us in great position in this series. That being said, I think everyone is conscious that we had the same lead over Rockford last series, coming back and winning that series in Game 7. So this road trip is going to be a real test, to see if we can really take control of this series, play a simple and smart couple of games on the road.
It was nice to have a afternoon game on Sunday, helped to have our evening after the game before we left on the road on Monday after practice. A handful of us went our to eat downtown at a neighborhood Italian wine bar. Crabb, Doell, and Desbiens, live right down the street. Motzko, Sterling, and I met up for a relaxing steak and pasta dinner, and wind down after the game. The mustaches have been making quite an impression on people around town. More than once, someone came up to our table to ask if we had lost a bet, or if we were all in a club of some sort. While we have been getting a lot of strange looks lately, there are also a lot of fans that come up and congratulate us on the win, wishing us good luck in Toronto.
We had a light practice Monday morning. A lot of guys are pretty sore after Sunday's game, and it was tough to get motivated to practice. But after a quick skate your legs always feel better. All the guys get excited to play in Toronto, just because it is always so big into hockey. A lot of guys like Haydar, Little, Gherson, Deveaux, and Lehman are from around there or played junior hockey nearby. So they always have a lot of friends and family at the game. With the addition of our own Chicago fans who are making the trip up to Canada, we are hoping to have a good little cheering section at the Ricoh Coliseum.