Stick Game One
The Card Draw
Scratches: Wink (unsanctioned injury) Lobsterboy (exploitative employer), Roach (hangover)
The commitment to team play by Sunday's winners was so total, at the
end of the game, Kid didn't know how many goals he'd scored. In fact,
it was hard to single out any one player for accolades.
"It was a solid effort all around," said Elvis. "All our lines played well, they all chipped in and they were all responsible."
"We didn't want to stack one line," said Paul One. "We wanted to spread out a bit of the wealth so that we were going to get scoring from all three lines, and certainly we wanted to have a defensive presence on each line."
"We picked good line combinations and we just stayed patient the whole game," said Pig Farming Goalie.
"They couldn't have set their lines any better, they had everything going for them on each of their lines," said Rudy. "I think we were battling against three pretty hard fighting lines, while we were all in our own little battles."
That may have been because his side had one less player, necessitating a constant rollover of players instead of setting consistent combinations.
"Guys couldn't get comfortable with each other," said Ottoman.
"It's tough to get a roll going," said Elvis.
But Sunday's winners will be hard-pressed to match their line-making
success in next week's game, as New Guy won't be in the lineup.
"We're gonna be one guy short next week, we won't have the same three lines," said Elvis. "We're gonna have to make a bit of an adjustment. Team chemistry is gonna be a big part of it. We're all staying positive and it's gonna count for us later."
"I think we've got to stay with the same plan," said Paul One. "We've got to take care of defense first and we'll get our chances and our goals when we can."
"It will be a little different," said Pig Farming Goalie. "We just have to take care of our own end first and the goals will come."
Meanwhile, the underdogs heading into next week's finale are hoping they can build on their experience with rolling lines.
"We've got to look at it as a chance for the guys to get to know each other," said Ottoman. "We'll just have to come out and regroup and we'll have two games next week."
"We're gonna need a complete team effort right through the lineup," said Rudy.
If the underdogs are able to turn their resolve into a win, the Stanley Stick championship will be decided in a five-goal minigame.
Bird scored the first penalty shot goal in Stanley Stick history after being awarded the opportunity when Hoops broke up a two-on-one breakaway with a broken stick.