Game #72 Recap: Well then
Collapsed in overtime against an even more desperate team from a supposedly better conference on the second half of a back to back less than a day after the previous game. I’ll take the point, and look forward to see how they play against Montreal. Bounce-back win or flat loss, either outcome will be what’s truly telling about this team.
Thomas Vanek is the most snake-bitten man on the planet, but he’s been noticeable all over the ice in a good way despite his absence from the goal column. Dude doesn’t stop battling in either end. This may be the Vanek that Lindy Ruff pledged to build two seasons ago.
And how about the peewees? Nathan Gerbe seems to have finally hit his stride as a pesky, pestery, scoring forward who never says die while Tyler Ennis has a seemingly endless well of swagger and makes plays night in and night out.
Fans were quick to blame Ryan Miller for the collapse, but during the shift where Erat scored his winner, where in the hell was Tyler Myers and what was Andrej Sekera doing? Sitting on the lead was the crime, and the sentence was a stunning defeat.