The Chatterbox, Vol. 68

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

A white hot Calvin Pickard meant that not even an equally white hot Triston Grant could extend his goal scoring streak last night. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

As always following an Admirals game, my drive home from the BMO Harris Bradley Center to Racine allows for some reflection time on the game and what all happened. The more I thought on tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters the more I just feel the need to tip my cap to Calvin Pickard and prepare for tomorrow’s road game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pickard has long been dominant against the Admirals but his 35-save effort tonight has to rank among his best that I’ve seen him put up against the team. There were outright highlight reel saves but more importantly plenty of saves where he wasn’t allowing second or third chance opportunities. It took a Colton Sissons mini-break and a Mark Van Guilder rebound tally with an extra attacker on the ice for the Admirals to solve him. Outside of that he was a wall in net.

Chet’s brother has played the Admirals ten times in his career. Calvin has a record of 7-1-0-1 against the Admirals with a 2.28 goals against average and 0.909 save percentage. If not for the beating he took in net last season when he allowed six goals to the Admirals. It would be even better.

After the game I spoke with Dean Evason, Pontus Åberg, Jonathan Diaby, and Marek Mazanec. Here is what they had to say following the loss Tuesday night.

Dean Evason praises Pickard on shutting down the Admirals offense:

Evason, like all of us, tries to figure out the shorthanded goals allowed problem:

Evason talks about the Admirals power-play:

Evason’s thoughts on the Viktor Arvidsson goalie interference call:

Evason on rebounding on the road against Grand Rapids:

Evason updates Miikka Salomäki‘s status:

Evason describes Kevin Fiala‘s game:

Evason on Fiala filling Brendan Leipsic‘s place with the Admirals:

Pontus Åberg, like all of us, tries to figure out the shorthanded goals allowed problem:

Åberg on shorthanded goals allowed, continued:

Jonathan Diaby and I talk about his puck to the face injury:

Diaby on his recent play with the Admirals:

Diaby talks about when he started to feel more comfortable on the ice:

Marek Mazanec’s thoughts on the game:

Mazanec on the Admirals shorthanded goals allowed lately:

Comments on the comments? Rebound performance in the cards against the Grand Rapids Griffins?

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