Thursday, February 19, 2009

Teams On Life Support Get Pulse Against Rockets

  • What has happened to the Kelowna Rockets over the last two games is mind boggling. For a 4th place team to lose back-to-back games against two opponents on life support, in an effort to make the playoffs, just doesn't add up. If you have an idea, please share it below.
  • Did the Rockets three goal outburst in the first period in a 1:06 span come to easily and too quickly? It appeared after the home team built up the lead, the intensity went away and it was the Bruins game to win. Did the Rockets believe the Bruins would lie down and play dead after taking it to them in the first period?
  • The win snapped the Bruins 10 game losing streak and snapped the Rockets 6 game home ice winning streak.
  • It marked just the third time this season that the Bruins have won a game after trailing after 40 minutes. Despite being down 3-2 heading into the third period, defenseman Brandon Manning scored the tying goal before Alexander Wiklund scored the shootout winner.
  • A shootout was needed to decide things the last time these two teams met. Again Alexander Wiklund scored the game winner in the Bruins 5-4 win.
  • The difference maker in this one was Bruins goaltender Mark Friesen. After starter Lucas Gore was pulled after surrendering 3 goals on 8 shots, Friesen took over in a relief appearance and made 32 saves the rest of the way without surrendering a goal.
  • Give the Bruins credited for finding a way to gut out two points at Prospera Place. For a team expected to be fragile mentally with 10 straight losses, the visitors showed some moxie coming back from a 3-0 first period deficit to earn a much needed two points.
  • The biggest surprise of the night was not the Bruins come-from-behind win, but the physical display of forward Randy McNaught. McNaught elected to fight Rockets tough guy Ryley Grantham, and did incredibly well. McNaught caught Grantham with a couple of solid shots that surprised many people in the building. It was Grantham's first fight in 11 games after having his left hand cut by a skate blade.
  • Kyle St. Denis was injured in the first period after receiving a hit. The Rockets did no give a status on his injury, nor should they this late in the season. St. Denis did not return. Oddly enough it was against the Bruins that St. Denis broke his wrist, missing 37 games.
  • Jamie Benn sat this one out with strep throat. The Rockets leading goal getter will fight through the ailment Friday when the team visits the Vancouver Giants.
  • The Rockets now embark on a 6 game road trip Friday in Vancouver.


Jared Comeau said...

Deffinalty is not an issue of coming too easily too quickly...Just look at the game against the Medicine Hat Tigers...those goals came very quickly and Extremely easily...these last two games have been the most gutless efforts of the season in my opinion by the boys. I have no doubt in my mind they will rebound, but I really have to question the decision behind the bench to make a line change with 15ish seconds left in the game when we have control of the puck in the neutral zone...

J.S. said...

A weird game to watch...line combinations did not click, and Kelowna's bench did not do a good job of increasing the pressure when Chilliwack was reeling. And as for Grantham's opponent doing well against him if you are fighting to survive against the leagues alleged toughest guy you would put in a good effort as well. Grantham looked rusty, as he should be not having fought in a while. Kelowna once again played down to an opponents level instead of burying them. Calgary does no such thing....Come on Rockets and show up for every game...the fan's do....

fan said...

j.s the line combinations are not working as they are being changed constantly

RW said...

Players have lots of talent. Coaches get with the act or leave now instead of screwing the team up completely.

Boondocker said...

The talent on this team is obvious. The consistent effort is not. Players need to step up from here on in. No letdowns.
At this point in the season, lines should be set excluding illness/injury. If the coaches are still trying to figure out who clicks with who one has to wonder why. COACHES please don't break up the rookies...they come to play every night and are great to watch.

3stuges said...

Hey, Burke is trying to convince everyone that he has offers for Luke Schenn.....what a MORON. Instead of dismantling the Leafs, he's going to let them win enough games to keep them out of the Tavares sweepstakes. Hey yourself a favor and send Schenn back to Kelowna and trade away your from the draft.