T.C. wrote: Fri May 20, 2022 7:14 am
Massive corrections across the board. While there were two minutes mid-2nd and about 7 min at the beginning of the third I didn’t love, the rest of the game was exactly the way the blues needed to play to win. And it looks like everyone bought in. A nigh-perfect game from the blue crew. Even if they had lost, I would have been proud of them for playing a proper game. The win was beautiful, though. Just wish 90 had gotten one.
Binnington’s play in game 1 wasn’t a fluke. He was a monster in the crease. Where was this guy all season? Actually, I don’t care. He has demonstrated he is capable of finding another gear in the playoffs, which is all that matters.
Thomas needs to get his head out of his ass. I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but hey dude - it’s ok to shoot the puck yourself once in a while.
That call on Perron in the third was fucking ludicrous. He touched the guy with his stick and gets called for hooking. That was a make-up call, and the only one they got. Other than that, and whatever the fuck Compher was doing to Leddy in the first period along the boards in the offensive zone not being called (it looked like attempted rape, at the very least a football tackle), I was pretty happy with the officiating. There were some correct non-calls, even when the entire arena was screaming they sucked. I was concerned going into this series about penalties, given the speed of the Avs, but for the most part, the refs are letting them play.
Second-most importantly (after winning), the Blues, as a team, were hitting last night. They were double-teaming the puck carrier to win battles along the boards. There were even some Malachi Crunches delivered. It was a beautiful thing.
Torpochenko is really great to watch. Very smart kid. I agree with Burke, he’s going to be a great power forward in this league. What a find. Faulk also had a great game. Leddy too. Even 55 unleashed a few slappers.
Up front, other than Thomas looking lost a few times (and still not doing great on the dot - just my eye test, didn’t look up stats), everyone had a solid game and great effort. I didn’t see much to complain about. It was nice seeing the Avs get somewhat frustrated and start trying to force things. At their speed, that frequently resulted in turnovers and as we saw, there will be a price to pay for those eventually.
If the Blues keep playing this way, we will absolutely win this series.