So ends Day 3 of the SeePuckCity Manhattan Getaway 2010 - perhaps this might begin an annual trip? I guess it depends on the Preds schedule.
We seemed to have brought the snow with us though - it began in Nashville the day we left and began here in the Big Apple in the wee hours of this morning, but this isn't about snow days. It's about the Nashville Predators and how they act and react against easy and/or Eastern conference teams, and with two games after two nights, the team has shown me its Jekyll & Hyde in a span of 24 hours.
The Islanders, losing more than their share in a row (7), came out strong, making it an even game before notching one first. The Preds responded as they normally do, scoring 2 within a minute and a half, and as they normally do, they quit playing with fire once ahead. Mirroring the San Jose game, the Islanders caught back up, we'd score a goal to stay ahead...then make the worst move possible in the last minute or so...to allow the opposing team to tie the game aaaaand win. Note, we did take it to OT unlike against San Jose...but again, this is the Islanders!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again: we play crap against crap teams, which is funny because fans of the top teams think we're a crap team, yet we tend to play very well against them. Perhaps the coaches should print out bogus standings to hand out to the team? Regardless, Erat must have felt like a tool after that game (and by tool, I mean Hamhuis) - boarding once again in the last few moments to allow a 6-on-4. *le sigh* You all know how it happened...on to better things.
Two more games left on this New England tour: New Jersey and Pittsburgh. Not the easiest teams to beat, but they've been showing weaknesses of their own as of late. Let's try to exploit them before they can exploit ours!
These photos were from my phone - left my camera cord back in Nashville. There will be some sight-seeing 303 pics up next week!!! Just you wait!!! Here's a hint: Who you gonna call?