Let me first off say that this opening round in the Playoffs is turning out to be the most exciting quarterfinal action that I have seen in a long time! The underdogs are really impressing me right now and I have to take my hats off to teams like Montreal, Philly, Ottawa and Colorado my god! Talk about taking an impressive series lead! However its just that isnt it. One game. In a series out of 7 1 game sometimes can both be the start of an epic run or the beginning of the end. For teams like Detroit tonight game 2 could mean either 1-1 or 2-0 Phoenix. I was extremely upset about that high stick no call on Lidstrom during the 3rd period. He gets whacked in the face, bleeds and still the ref doesn't assess a freaking 4 minute major. Rediculous. With that said Detroit needs to stay out of the box tonight. The Coyotes power play looked incredible a few nights ago and I really do not want to see it that often and lose to a team by letting in goals that help teams go 3/3 or 4/4. We need to generate more shots on Bryzgolov too. He's a solid goalie but we had too many shots on him in game 1 to have only put in 2. Crash the goal, generate scoring opportunities and just play solid hockey. If Phoenix picks up the hitting, then hit them right back. Need to step it up here tonight because a Phoenix team up 2-0 in the series could play out to be deadly.
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.