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and then that happened last night...

What can I really say about last night... Seattle played with little to no passion, little to no execution, little to no concentration and Portland looked fast and hungry skating their way to the 5-0 win.

The lone bright spot... I thought Jacob DeSerres was pretty solid in net and at least tried to give his team a chance. 4 of the 5 goals were not his fault and quite frankly the one that slipped through him I didn't have an angle to see if he was screened on the shot. Trouble was... the Tbirds left him hung out to dry on numerous chances and the Winterhawks cashed them in.

I know the Negative Nancies around here will probably disagree with me (that's fine) but I thought probably 70% of last night was Portland being much improved and about 30% Seattle just playing crappy. Make no mistake... Seattle can play better but that was a Portland team who I think is ready to make the jump... quite possible that Portland winds up in the top 4 seeds in the west when it's all said and done.

Tbirds back in action up in Vancouver tonight to finish out the 3/3 weekend. I would expect to see a much better effort tonight against the Giants.

btw... I will have a few articles coming up this week. One on predictions for the Tbirds... I honestly haven't seen anything this weekend that changes what I thought about the team on Thursday and some talking points on the new fighting rules.


Anonymous said...

Can we now get a new coach???? It's not to late, but there d-end covrage is much better. Thanks John.

Anonymous said...

I don't think people are really being that negative about this team. We all knew that after Hickey was gone we were going to have to rebuild. And this is it. I'm happy to see Wells, Sylvester, Jacobs and Lockhart getting the load of ice time. I enjoy watching this team as much as the next guy but you have to some homer to really put stock in us doing anything this year.... We lost a lot, and other teams in West are ready to jump up.... I say don't over think it... Just hope we get value for some of our older players and hope to build a solid contender for the next couple years.

Anonymous said...

We didn't win when we had the older players when is the last time we made the division finals

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