The Rockford series is in full swing, and it is nice to be back in the playoff mode after a few days off after the round one against Milwaukee.
Winning our first two games at home was a huge boost to morale, and we knew that going to Rockford was going to be tough, especially with the IceHogs' backs against the wall.
Wednesday we play Game 4 once again in Rockford, and we have gone over the film and discussed some things we did well and not so well in Game 3.
Having the extra day between games 3 and 4 really felt like a big break, a nice day off with some nice Chicago weather really gave everyone a chance to get away and recuperate for the day. A lot of the guys got outside and enjoyed the weather. It was such a nice day, I started the grilling season, got some chicken and potatoes and sat on the deck, ate dinner and enjoying the evening. A lot of the guys were talking about the Dallas-San Jose game that went to quadruple overtime on Sunday night. I
was able to catch the end of the game after we got back from Rockford on Sunday. I have to admit though, I was pretty tired, and even though I tried, I didn't make the fourth overtime. I fell asleep in the third, but it was a great game.
I think that is one of the most exciting parts of playoff hockey. We had a couple of overtime games against Milwaukee, but nothing like that. To have to play the equivalent of two plus games, playing sudden-death OT, has to be one of the most exciting moments in sports. Overtime games are always the most exciting to play in too, especially when you have come from behind to tie it up, forcing overtime.
After a game like that you are so spent, so tired, it is almost a release. I never forget that feeling, it is one of those moments in hockey where you realize how much fun you having, and how lucky you are to be play hockey for a living. All that being said, I hope we don't have any quadruple overtime games, I hope we win all our games in regulation. I don't think my body, or my heart for that matter, could take it.