These last two games were nothing if not inconsistent. The fact that I'm even having to type out that word irritates me to no end. Being inconsistent was our main stumbling block last season and what I would argue was the biggest reason we didn't make it to the playoffs. Now that I'm seeing slight traces of that same play creep back into this season, I am not happy.
On Friday night, we played an exceptional game against Chicago. Last night, someone asked me if I thought we really played that well or if the Blackhawks were having an off night. All of the lines were generating pressure. With the exception of Kevin Klein just standing at the net, watching Jonathan Toews work Dan Ellis over to score the lone goal for Chicago, our defense played well. For the first game of a yet another back-to-back, we looked sharp. If anything, I'd attribute the strong performance to the road trip mentality of strictly focusing on hockey, after having such a long homestand the week prior.
In all honesty, I'm not sure what to make of last night's game. I mean, is it really going to be a team like Minnesota to ruffle our feathers time and time again this season? Why do we always seem to have such a rough go of it when we play the Wild? Yes, we managed to score the first goal (and on the power play) and yet, by the end of the first, we were down 2-1. And that second goal by Minnesota was just UGLY to watch trickle in behind Dan Ellis. That goal took the wind out of our sails and we just never quite recovered from it. Unfortunately, the two goals we managed to score in the third did nothing to help out either, except for make the score look a little less sad on the post-game ticker.
Also, this....@smashville If Belak gets a point and no one is around to see it, did it really happen?...HILARIOUS.
These next three home games need to be amazing so I can start feeling good about my hockey team again.