Holy crap, what a game. We saw the team fight through confidence issues and some terrible puck luck these games and hustle their way to 49 shots in the 3-2 OT win.
As Brunner said after the game, they deserved this win.
Marvelous game from every freaking player on the team. That includes Cleary, Filppula, Smith, you name it.
Here’s the recap as I watched it during the night.
On Bertuzzi’s first shift, he faced the absolute worst interference I’ve seen lately. Even the CNBC announcers mentioned it. No call of course.
Completely rookie mistake by Smith on Anaheim’s first goal. First he loses the puck in front of Howard, second he doesn’t attack the Ducks player as he kept whiffing on the puck.
We have a Kronwalled! I smiled.
Howard looks clumsy so far this period and really, this playoff series. Pucks are bouncing, he’s falling, things just look awkward. Now he’s certainly not the reason we’re down right now, he is being outplayed again in the playoffs.
Star of the first period – the crowd at the Joe. The “Todd-Ber-tuz-zi” chant followed up by “You Got Kronwalled!” Nice work guys.
And end of the period, Johan gets a penalty for half what happened to Bertuzzi earlier. Crap is what that is.
End of 1st 1-0 Ducks
Second period and on, after the break: