April 22, 2007

Scrappy Stick prelude

To win the Stanley Stick war, which begins next week, the victors will first have to win the battles.

That means mucking it up in the trenches, battling the boards, fighting for faceoffs, controlling the crease.

"There's a lot of evenly matched guys out there, so it comes down to winning those battles for the loose balls, rebounds," says Cowboy Bill, who will miss both games of the championship series due to previous commitments. "it's those little things that will make the difference and turn the tide for you."

"Everyone seems to elevate their play," says Paul One, who played only his third game of the season Sunday to ensure his eligibility for the season finale. "Everyone backchecks and everybody seems to go hard at the ball."

As the action gets down and dirty, it will be the determination and doggedness of the muckers and pluggers that will make the difference, says Gump. Players like Nibs, Beetle Boy, the Living Legend.

"We already know the big players are going to match up, so it'll be up to the guys who don't score as often."

And it will be up to the goaltenders to repel their challenge, says One.

"It always seems to come down to goaltending," says the veteran forward. "As long as you get the big saves and don't give up three for four goals on a run; those will break your back every time."

Which is almost what turned the tide for his side in Sunday's scrappy prelude to the two-game title tilt as they scored five straight goals to wipe out a 12-7 deficit before Nibs scored two seeing-eye goals late to seal a 20-18 win.

"Today had a little bit of a Stick feel to it," said One. "I don't think we can hang our heads too much, we put in a good effort right up until the end."

Indeed, One and his mates seemed to have momentum going their way and their opponents back on their heels when the game abruptly stopped so the roadsters could tend to a head injury suffered by Scrappy; he was cut when a falling Beetle Boy caught the rookie forward with the shaft of his stick.

"I think we'd lost a little bit of our flow," said Cowboy Bill of his team's mid-game swoon.

But the break gave them a chance to regroup, and a trade of Unabomber to their suddenly undermanned opponents allowed them to reestablish their set line combinations.

"That was big because then you can go more on your intuition, you know where your linemates are going to be because you've been playing with them."

Matching their feisty foes goal for goal after the break, it was Nibs who came off the bench to decide the outcome. After shortshifting all game due to excesses the night before, the seasoned slapshooter saved his best for last, scoring twice on his last shift to make the difference.

"He came on when it counted," said Gump. "He came out and did the job for us even though he struggled through the first part of the game."

Posted by jaysuburb at April 22, 2007 07:48 PM
Comments

Wow, that's some mighty words before the stick. I'll take what I can get and then shut the door down between the pipes. Looking forward to it, but first, the NFL Draft!!!

Posted by: Gump at April 27, 2007 03:54 PM

After our run last year -I would mind pairing up w/ Colonel again... who's between the pipes besides Lobster this year anyway Gumper?

I would also prefer to have Uniballer on my side too cause stick gets especially 'slashy' during SS time. And it hurts fak.

I can do without Kid though. He shrinks in the stick. If he is on my team though I guess I can make it work... sigh.

Posted by: Elvis at April 27, 2007 03:32 PM

Oh come on One don't be that way. It was just a little bit of innocent fun poking. I'd love to play with a cagey veteran like you. Experience like yours just can't be replaced this time of year.

Posted by: The Colonel at April 27, 2007 01:41 PM

Colonel, rememeber when I said last Sunday that I wouldn't mind playing on a line with you this year?

Well F_ _ K that, I can't wait to be on opposite teams!

Posted by: PaulOne at April 26, 2007 04:15 PM

Yes, I would say you do otherwise you might get typecast as a player who has difficulty rising to the challenge of the post-season game. If you lost this year would that make three or four straight Stanley Stick losses? I can't quite remember.

Weather forecast for game time is perfect: not to hot, not to cold, no rain in the forecast ... for either week ... http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/14day/pages/CABC0308.htm?CABC0308

Posted by: The Colonel at April 26, 2007 09:44 AM

I HAVE TO WIN THE STICK THIS YEAR!!!

Posted by: PaulOne at April 25, 2007 11:26 AM

Glad to hear Scrappy is on the mend! I still feel bad about that.

Can't wait for the Stanley Stick!

Posted by: Beetle Boy at April 25, 2007 08:05 AM

Nice Pic! Sweet sacrificial blood of the newbie! Beetle Boy you are a savage.

Wish I coulda made it out last week... but Ill be good to go next week though for sure. Ready for the card pull -and to push for another Stanley Stick victory!


Duck Hunting Season is Officially Open!

Posted by: Elvez at April 24, 2007 05:32 PM

Saw Scrappy at the Canucks game last night. His head was in bandages, he was in a wheel chair, Beetle, what did you do him???

Just kidding, great game, can't wait for the stick. Go Canucks!

Glad to hear Lobster's coming out from his Japanese hiatus.

Posted by: Gump at April 24, 2007 12:02 PM

Yay Canucks!!

Posted by: Ghost of Hired Gun Dixon Tam at April 23, 2007 09:36 PM

Good to hear - thanks for letting us know he's OK.

Posted by: The Colonel at April 23, 2007 09:00 PM

Well he got the wound looked at and didn't have to wait around too long fortunately, although he ended up with 5 stitches. He's doing fine and just taking advil for the pain. Have a good first game all and hopefully i'll join the winning team for the second game! heh heh...

Posted by: Doo at April 23, 2007 10:13 AM

Doo,

How is "My Brother" doing? Inquiring minds want to know. That was a pretty good goose egg he ended up with. Great photo by Jay Suburb. This game is not for the faint of heart!

Posted by: The Colonel at April 23, 2007 04:28 AM

Lobster,

We actually chatted about this after the game today. We'd all like you to suit up if you're available to play goal for both games - April 29th and May 6th. We want to make sure there's some parity in goal for both games so if you're up for them both, make sure you're there before 10:30 on the 29th. Oh, and while you're at your sauna business meeting, try to visualize making some saves so you're ready to go!

Posted by: The Colonel at April 23, 2007 04:26 AM

changed my flight i come home 26 april, i can goaltend if needed, cost me $1500 do i am angry already, must go off to another korean male sauna for 'business' meeting

Posted by: lobsterboy at April 23, 2007 12:21 AM