Well, it's 2003 all over again.
Save for three extra overtime periods, the Aeros are in the same spot they were in after two games in 2003 when they split the first two games in Hamilton.
They won the first game in regulation, lost the second game in (FOUR) OTs.
So before everyone starts bombarding us with comments about the game-losing goal or how bad the second period was, just think for a moment how this weekend could have gone had the Aeros been 100 percent.
I think they were extremely tired.
They are 1-1 in the finals, and they have not even played their best hockey yet. Fatigue has to be a factor right now, adn three days off is a God-send for the Aeros, who need to win one of the next three games to send the series back to Toyota Center.
The Aeros have played six games in the last 12 days and had travel mixed in with the emotional demons of having to worry about blowing a 3-0 series lead.
God, I hate to sound like a homer, but man, the Aeros should have had two to three more power plays in the game - especially early in the third period.
Not going to say much more about that; the Aeros had their chances to win the game, and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do on the road and in a building where the Senators are just 4-4 in the postseason.
I think O'Sullivan, DiSalvatore and Rau are going to have a fun week up there.
Anyway ... now ... what are your thoughts on the game?
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