Woof. Playoffs are hard. It's been a few days since we're had a reminder of that and that definitely showed in the first period.
Two quick goals in the middle of the first and, BAM, you're in a hole that's tough to get out of against this Admirals team. (Goalie Jeremy Smith was great to spectacular the whole game. Unless Hackett steps it up to a new level, I may be eating my words that goaltending is a draw in this match-up.) It took into the third period (never mind that Ads goal 32 seconds into the period) for the Aeros to look like the Aeros.
But I was happy to see them at all and now that they've spent a while in the groove, here's to staying there for the rest of the series.
Clearly, though, the Aeros are going to have to shake the Ads' suffocating defense in order to get space they need to Do Work down low. But I'm not worried about them figuring this out.
John expressed in his last post some concern about the line-up changes Yeo had planned. Well, now we know what they were: Bulmer in for Kassian on the wing and Scandella in for Penner at defense.
The defensive swap seems like a fairly even exchange. But the Bulmer insertion bothered me at first. Really though, Milwaukee isn't a team you worry about going all goony on you, so maybe Kassian's intimidating presence was less valuable than giving Bulmer some experience. And maybe there's some pressure from Minnesota to play the young prospect if it makes sense, though that's just conjecture on my part.
It looks like the guys got through the game relatively in one piece. Spurgeon took a puck in the ear in the 2nd period, but it sounds like he's okay and it's just a cut. He did miss the rest of the game though, so I'm not sure I'm 100% believing that.
Will have pics from Chris later, link to game stories later, and maybe someone will pipe in with some statistics or something. Can't wait for these games to return home! AHL Live is brutal!