Similarly, the "Penalty Kill" isn't actually meant to kill anyone, but it sure does seem to be killing the Aeros, one goal at a time.
Tonight's 5-2 loss to Milwaukee looked nearly identical to Thursday's loss to Chicago, with the exception of a strong first period that saw the Aeros up 2-1 into the second.
However, the Aeros were down to 5 defensemen tonight as Falk and Noreau were called up to replace a couple of those fragile Wild d-men for their game tomorrow. So while some of the shenanigans can be forgiven, I'm not sure the wheels needed to fall off quite like they did.
Another parade to the box (including multiple 5 on 3 chances and a completely unnecessary double minor by Hackett) and penalty kill failures left and right led to 4 unanswered goals in the second.
Moreover, it forced Yeo to yank Hackett for the second game in a row, he lost his cool again (this time to the tune of 14 PIM for roughing and misconduct... insert your own joke), and shows us that regardless of how much he thought he wanted the #1 spot, he wasn't ready for the ups and downs it would bring his way.
Look, sometimes the team in front of you stinks and there's a point where you have to remind yourself that it's a team sport and get some perspective on the goals against. Blowing up, losing focus, losing confidence in your ability to play the game... it doesn't do anybody any good.
Energy flows between the goalie and his team. When the team sucks, the goalie starts to overthink, second guess, and play tentatively. Which makes the goalie suck. The team sees the goalie sucking and starts to panic and over-complicate their game. Which just makes them suck even worse.
Somewhere in there, the cycle has to get short-circuited. And the logical place is in goal. This happens either when the goalie gets the hook and Tordjman, who is pretty unflappable and probably just happy to be playing, comes in. OR the #1 goalie gets up after a couple of goals, has a drink, pushes out the negative thoughts, and gathers himself for the next shot.
I tell ya, the absolute worst thing ever is when a goalie gets angry with his own team. It's the ugliest feeling in hockey and it will sink the ship faster than you can say, "Is that a chunk of ice we just ran into?"
So... someone needs to get in Hackett's head and release the pressure valve because he is wound tighter than an 8 day clock. He was clearly having fun and relishing his enhanced role after Khudobin was traded, but now that things are "heavy"... boy does it show in his body language and reactions and discipline.
Some of you boys please take him out and get him drunk when you get back to town.
Andrew will have more on the playoff implications tomorrow, but the Aeros are now 4 points out of first and the Stars are 6 points behind the Aeros after beating Chicago tonight with 5 games in hand.