Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Friday, November 03, 2006

Play the man

I'll let tomorrow's lead speak about Peter Ferraro. The streak lives -- it stayed alive on the first shift -- and it's tied for the longest goal-scoring streak in team history right now.

This was a pretty solid effort start to finish. One goal against was borderline; the other, fortuitous. Wade Dubielewicz was outstanding. All kinds of contributions from people up and down the lineup. Some big plays from key people. Look, Steve Regier had a goal and an assist and I couldn't find a place for him in the three-stars-and-an-unsung-hero box.

They talked a lot about the forecheck today, apparently, and Ferraro made the point that keeping pressure up and supporting the first forechecker is especially valuable in this building, where the rink is a little smaller. It worked quickly. Comeau (who appears to love playing here) fed Ferraro for the first goal. Power play clicked for the second goal. Third goal was a product of an excellent keep by Wotton. Fourth goal was hard work at the end of a power play. And the fifth goal was a nice buzzer-beating roll. In between, Dubielewicz kicked everything out.

Very good start to what should be a grueling trip.

F: Comeau-Ferraro-Boguniecki
Marjamaki-Colliton (A)-Pitton
D: Fata-Berry
Mitchell-Wotton (C)
Campoli-Rourke (A)

F: Pecker-Hennessy-Bois (A)
Potulny-Vesce-Heerema (A)
D: Malec-Allison
Barinka-Hedlund (A)

No word on why Robert Nilsson didn't play the first period, though there's an unilluminating quote about it tomorrow.

It's Word of Life night here, if I sound a little more spiritual than usual. When you're trying to write a gamer and a blog entry while surrounded by thousands of screaming people, that's when growing up and going to school next to a subway line really comes in handy.

Today, NYDN reporter Adam Rubin's Mets blog featured a fascinating piece of Japanese culture. Check it out.

According to research in statsblog On the Forecheck, Trent Hunter led the NHL last year in something interesting: hits (and hits+takeaways) that led to offensive chances.


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