To quote 90′s one hit wonder Montell Jordon “This is how we do it”.
It’s like Claude Noel read my game preview and used it as the plan for the night. I stressed that the Jets need to shoot more and be agressive on the forecheck. The Jets did these things and guess what? They won.
I can’t take all the credit, the players did execute my plan to near perfection and Pavelec was outstanding in net. Without his stellar play the Pens would have trounced the Jets and the media would have gone into a frenzy.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. The power play has still not produced a single goal yet. They moved the puck around very well and shot more but the first power play goal remains elusive. At this point it just comes down to getting a few bounces. the worst thing they can do right now is press. They just need to keep working the system and the power play will take care of itself.
Burmistrov was by far the best Jet skater out there. The kid is so smooth with the puck and has unbelievable hands. If he can continue his growth this kid could turn into something special.
I thought that Bogosian and the rest of the D core played pretty good. The only goal that the Pens got cannot be placed on them since it probably shouldn’t have counted due to human excrement bag Matt Cooke’s interference with the goaltender. Bogosian even had an almost highlight reel moment when he took the puck end to end and rang one off the post.
But the real star of the game was the fans. The Pens announcers were in absolute awe when they heard the crowd at the end of the game. It was like the crowd at the MTS Center willed the Jets to victory. It was impressive on TV and from the people I talked to at the game even more so inside the building.
Has this team turned a corner? Probably not, there is still a lot of work to do. They need to get the power play going and they are still turning over the puck way too much. Yet they took a significant step forward. They simplified their game and did the little things it takes to win games in this league.
The Jets will get a good test tomorrow when they face a much improved and hyped Toronto team. If the Jets follow my plan they have a chance to steal away a point or two. I have a few ideas on how to contain Phil Kessel.
Claude Noel I await your call.
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