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Heading out to our last road trip of the year.


The first two games of the finals were pretty exhausting. Lots of physical play, speed up and down the ice, and back and forth hockey. Fortunate to get two wins at home that I think everyone felt were must win games, due to the new series schedule, playing our next three games on the road in Wilkes-Barre.

We had done a lot of video analysis with our coaching staff after game one, the whole team feeling we didn't play our best. Taking a positive in the fact that despite our less than stellar game, we were able to come out with a win in game one. We worked at fixing a lot of defensive systems, our forecheck, and our neutral zone play. Going into game two, you could tell the difference immediately, everyone being very conscious of the defensive assignments, only allowing 23 shots in three periods.

After two games, we are definitely getting a better sense of what Wilkes-Barre can do, how they play, and what types of players they are. Apparently they are getting to know us a little better too, and I think personalities are starting to rub against each other on the ice. Game two was much more physical, a lot more jawing at one another, and altercations after the whistle.

I was completely exhausted after the game, my partner Boris and I logged a lot of ice time, a few minutes more than usual, and I know I felt it after the game. We had been out on the ice a little longer than usual due to some long penalty kills, and playing with only four defensmen at the start of the second period due to Oystrick's fight and Kulda having to get his skated sharpened. After one particularly long shift I went off the ice feeling pretty worn out and took a seat on the bench, waiting for the play to start up, only to find out Boris was still on the ice, waiting for me to come out for the faceoff. So out again I went, glad I at least had a few seconds to rest my legs.

Tonight I am packing up for the road trip to Wilkes-Barre, and plan on watching the Stanley Cup Game 5. Most of the time I don't really care who wins as long as it's a good game, and so far all the games have been pretty exciting to watch, so I hope tonight's it the same. Cheering for Pittsburgh just so that I can watch a Game 6, I know it's a little selfish, but I can't help it, it is the best time of year to watch hockey. Its also the best time to still be playing. During the last time out with a couple of minutes to go in the game, I thought to myself, 'this is awesome'. We were protecting a lead with minutes to go, exhausted, the stadium totally out of control. It is this kind of hockey you always dream of playing.

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Yeah Brian, The first two games in the finals were pretty decent. The Wolves almost blew the lead, but continued to come back fighting. Like I say the game is not over until the final whistle of the final period. I saw the first and last period of tonight's game Wednesday (missed most of the goals in the 2nd). Even though the stats didn't show it you guys rocked tonight. You may need to watch the Penguins on Friday as I am sure they do not plan to be swept. It will probably be a hard hitting game.
Did you get to watch the whole game 5 of the Stanley Cup?

Congradulations on taking the first three games of the finals. I speak for all Wolves fans when I say, BRING THE CUP HOME!! Winning it at home in front of the fans at the Allstate would be even better, I'm sure all of you know that. I guess what I'm trying to say is I will be happy either way. If you guys win one of the next two road games, it's another Wolves title, if you lose the next two games, you get to come back home to a packed Allstate Arena full of fans screaming "WE WANT THE CUP!" It's a win-win situation the way I see it. GO WOLVES!

Brian,

I'm sure there are MANY fans happy the team has come home for game 6 so that they too may be able to share in the celebrations once you guys take the CUP in front of the home crowd. However, the game 5 was a painful one to watch.

Good luck on Tuesday. Let's get that Calder Cup back to Chicago. Hopefully, I will get to see a taping of the game later on so I too can share in the celebrations. You ALL worked so hard for this and deserve EVERYTHING you've each been blessed with this season. See you at the victory party.

Bring it home tonight Brian. I'm ready to watch you rip those baby Penguins apart. That Smith is a piece of work. Tell Deveaux and Boris to get an extra check in there for us fans.

The only real hockey team here in Chicago won the cup!!!! Way to go Wolves, thanks for everything you do for the fans and our children. The library visits, pizza party,skating after the game, are great. My daughter Brooke won the Halloween contest and had Skates go trick or treating with her. We were there for the clinching game last night, it's something she'll never forget.

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Chicago Wolves defenseman Grant Lewis is playing in his second professional season. The 23-year-old blueliner is a native of Pittsburgh and was a member of Chicago's 2008 Calder Cup Championship team. Prior to going pro, the Atlanta Thrashers' second choice, 20th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft spent four years playing for Dartmouth College (ECAC).

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