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Still looking for that first win
Back from Boston and the Isles were on the ice today to prepare for their Columbus Day Matinee against the Kings tomorrow.
Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo were both given a day off to rest today. Doug Weight practiced and said he is hopeful to be in the lineup tomorrow but will have to see how he feels.
As frustrating as last night's game was, no one is hitting the panic button. As cliche as it sounds, the players are trying to take the positives from last night, basically everything but the last eight minutes.
"Where it was eight minutes this year, it would've been 45 minutes last year. And worse," Scott Gordon said.
Doug Weight said he talked to several of the guys on the flight home and they hammered out a game plan. Emphasize and encourage certain basic philosophies on how to play--especially in crucial, late-game situations--so everyone has a certain foundation to fall back on when the pressure is on. Aggressive forechecking, backchecking hard up the middle, and smart decisions with the puck in the offensive zone are among the principles they've established.
That, Weight said, is what will help the team to close out the games they should be winning.
"It's not even so much as going in for the kill as just play the way that we had already been playing."
Rob Schremp had a very good game last night, making a couple great plays and moving the puck well on the power play. Gordon said he was impressed. He still wants Schremp to improve on moving without the puck, but he was definitely pleased with the progress he has made from his first game in Ottawa to last night's contest in Boston.
I asked Gordon what Jeff Tambellini must show him to get back in the lineup, and he said that he doesn't have to show him anything. Gordon said he knows what Tambellini can do, and although he must still prove himself a goalscorer, he's been the odd man out because of the numbers game. Since plucking Schremp off waivers, Gordon wants to see what he can do and help him assimilate to the system. Matt Moulson has had too good of a camp and start to the year to sit out, and Rechlicz provided some toughness in a game last night that Gordon anticipated would become really physical (considering Claude Julien put them through a brutal practice the day before as punishment for poor play).
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