Because the first post was getting too rambly and there’s still plenty to talk about.
– Leadership is still something we hear a lot about with this team, and after last night I think it’s pretty obvious just how much of a leader Paul Gaustad is. We will never know just what it’s like inside the locker room, but if I’m on his team and he plays the best game of his career last night, I’m listening to what he has to say.
I think it’s pretty obvious how much we appreciate his game around here, but I was wondering what you guys thought about all this. I like the way he interacts with officials, the way he talks to the media, the work he puts in off the ice, as well as the effort he puts forth on it. He appears to follow the Chris Drury model, and while he will never have the scoring touch he certainly appears to have the same hockey philosophy. Goose learned from Chris Drury how to be a leader, and to me it looks like he’s trying hard to follow that model.
Is all this just in my head, or is there something more to what Paul Gaustad brings to this team? I know Paul Hamilton feels a similar way about Goose, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the two more inspiring wins of the year were games in which he scored twice. It may not seem like a big deal, but to me getting those types of goals and even that fight is a major part of what makes good hockey teams. Having someone set that example is the only way anyone will ever have something to follow, and I’ve struggled to find good examples since a few big name players have left.
– I thought Rivet and Lydman played really, really well. Butler looked bad on the second goal, but overall the defense was much improved. Teppo made some nice plays, and Hank played one of his best games of the year. He looked more confident with the puck for sure, which is a good sign. Hopefully he has calmed down a bit, he needs to be a big player down the stretch for this team. He’s done it before.
– Another big hit photo from the AP. This time the hit was real:
– In case you were wondering about JPPGPCB, I haven’t done the totals just yet, but I’ll update this post once I check the videos.
We will have some football news and notes to gear you up for the live blog on Sunday, as well as a few more things here and there. Stay warm out there, folks.