It has been well documented this week that the Sens have enjoyed a grossly inept past when it comes to winning game two of a playoff series after winning the first. 0 - 6 is their record after winning game one of a series to be exact. Although most of the current Sens have only been around for one of those game-two losses it is a very good reason as to why we have fared so poorly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In the past this team lacked a killer instinct to pounce on a wounded foe. They never had the intestinal fortitude to battle through the opponents last gasp. I do not need to remind you that the odds would swing wildly in the Sens favour if they did manage to go up 2 - 0 in a series (roughly 87% of those who win game 1 and 2 go on to win the series). Even more appealing is the sheer pandemonium that would ensue in Pittsburgh where although they do not say so, expectations are extremely high for this team. A win tonight would put Jocelyn Thibault in nets for game three and send baby Cosby into media scrutiny hell which is exactly where the Sens would want him.
All that said, now is the time. A time to place the boot firmly to neck and begin to press down. The pigpens are merely a bunch of boys who will fold up shop when faced with a two -zero deficit. Still, expect them to come out flying tonight for the first ten minutes. If the Sens can weather that storm Cosby and Co. will look an awful lot like we did a decade ago. Confused, Bewildered and unable to claw back.
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