With 11 games left in the regular season, we can officially say our season will not end on April 9, thanks to a 3-2 shootout win in Dallas on Saturday night.
Once again, this win didn’t come easy. After Carter and Richards gave us a 2-0 lead, the Stars managed to come back and tie it. On their second goal, the defense gave up the blueline too easily, and kept backing up. I know Robidas had a lot of speed coming in, but you have to attack him and force him outside. Instead, he got in close range, and blasted a shot that Bob had very little chance of stopping. Otherwise, Bob was fantastic throughout the game, as well as the shootout.
It’s nice to have a playoff spot locked up this early. It doesn’t mean we have breathing room, but at least we’re not praying and scoreboard watching every 20 minutes. It’s a good feeling, and it gives Lavy a lot of options. Last year, we had to go all out, win as much as possible, and scratch our way into the playoffs. Now, we still want wins, we still want that top spot. But we don’t have to ride our top players as hard. Lavy can work on getting his lines set, figure out the goalie situation, and tons of other things.
I finally think we’re over the hump, and the time to panic is over. Tampa and Boston have struggled recently; Pittsburgh somehow wins at a pretty good pace, as does Washington; the Devils seem to be back to reality and will probably fall a little short. Meanwhile, we’ve gotten 10 out 12 points in our last 6 games. Again, we’re not playing great, but we’re getting points. And every game, we’re getting better, and stronger, and more cohesive. So anybody that was thinking of jumping off the bandwagon, step back from the ledge, and let’s enjoy the ride.
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Topics: Bandwagon, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sergei Bobrovsky, Shootout Win, Stephane Robidas, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals