|Leia looking like she's got a few miles on her....|
On a night when Ryan Johansen is out of the line up for a bit of a 'reset' as the Coach called it, Savard is out, Jack Johnson questionable, and Justin Falk up from the Monsters, it looks like a different kind of a night for the CBJ. Coach has a good day planned for Joey, it is to be hoped he'll see it that way. In all walks of life, sometimes its good to step back for a minute, if you can, take a deep breath, and gather yourself.
If nothing else, its entertaining. Twitter has Joey traded already, to those who can't afford Stamkos. Twitter has Tortorella 'up to his old tricks', which couldn't be further from the truth, except for the shot he took at Pittsburgh, which is funny as heck. I have come to the point where I find Tortorella's press conferences must see stuff. I've been watching the post game ones, I might need to start watching the pregame as well. There's some pith in his video.
Since I last took keyboard in hand, the CBJ played a stout first period against the Stars, got a little sideways against them in the second, and the Stars stepped on the gas. That's what teams that are in first place in the league will do. Lindy Ruff was pissed because the CBJ had pushed them around in the first period, and unimpressed that the Stars had done the pushing in the second period. The CBJ gathered themselves, and more or less stopped the bleeding, but the offense just isn't happening, and they ended up with one goal again.
Tortorella is actually doing a really good job with this mess. He kinda hooked me when he said the players had played with 'moxie' after the Stars game. He didn't blast them for getting zipped by the leading point scorer in the league, who got some space and made them pay, a couple of quick rights to the jaw and the fight is over, whether the big lug goes down or not (to use a boxing analogy). I expected him to be upset, but he wasn't.
Tonight's game should be interesting. I'm looking forward to it.