Hatred Fuels Series as Preds Tie It Up
The Preds crushed the Sharks 5-2 tonight. That feels better.
You get the feeling we're going to have some old Avalanche/Red Wings fire in this playoff series, one where we've witnessed now 8 game misconduct penalties, 2 to Scott Hartnell alone. Many of these players faced off last year in a series that was all frustration for the Preds, and it has become quite clear now after I've watched one game and listened to another, that part of the Preds game plan was not to take any crap and not get pushed around. A sort of cliche description, but it's cliche for a reason and that's because it's apt.
But certainly there's some worry in all this. The Preds can't afford to have guys getting sent to the showers and I have a feeling Alexander Radulov, who has been on fire along with J.P. Dumont, is going to see a suspension for his hit on Steve Bernier. While losing Radulov wouldn't mean everything, it would be a blow. And I'm also wondering if Hartnell is going to receive discipline after two game misconducts in a row. Still, I think this is a hell of a lot better than getting pushed around and allowing easy goals the whole series. The Preds, luckily, still have a lot of talent even if they happen to lose some people. And Peter Forsberg is the man. I've never gotten a chance to see him much, and I got my first real look Wednesday night. This guy has vision that is beyond normal humans.
This series is just going to be rough and tough. I don't think any amount of warnings from the refs is going to stop guys from hitting hard and abusing the other team. They have played 8 games of playoff hockey against each other in the last two years. It's boiling. And how in the world can you not got into hockey when the level of play is on such a ramped-up level? I mean, it's more noticeable than in any other sport.
It might be a good thing there's two more days before they play again. It's going to be intense in San Jose and I can't wait to see how the Preds respond.