As has been the case for me when it comes to “The Chatterbox” this season. I always like to wait, soak in the game, think, think some more, and allow myself to get a better perspective on what took place from the game. It’s a good thing in an instance like this that I’ve done that more this season because if I wrote what I felt in the moment following the Admirals 8-4 loss to the Chicago Wolves there honestly wouldn’t be much to say. I felt blank.
With time to have absorbed what had happened in what is one in a long line of recent Admirals defeats I think I can now safely open up and discuss what that Admirals game was. That was just about as close to an on-ice adaptation of Red Wedding from Game of Thrones, without a fighting major, as you will ever get. There were serious George R.R. Martin levels of punch to the gut “you have to be kidding me” moments that hit, hit some more, and ended with a ferocious and powerful thud that was the final horn to sound the end of the game.
This is an Admirals team that, in its current capacity, is good enough to hold the West Division leading San Antonio Rampage to a 3-0 deficit through two periods of play. This is an Admirals team good enough toe battle back from 3-1 down against a gritty and structured Chicago Wolves team to make it 3-3. So why oh why is it incapable of earning wins? The lack of a solid answer to that question does my head in because there can be so many different answers to that question on various nights.
I titled yesterday’s game story rock bottom for the simple fact that it has to be there. That was it. The Admirals can’t possibly get to a lower depth than what happened from that game. The real story begins tonight when the Admirals and Wolves face-off again. Where do the Admirals go from last night?
Dean Evason on hitting rock bottom:
Evason on missed opportunities:
Evason on what’s wrong with Marek Mazanec:
Evason on getting back to a 3-3 game only to fall behind:
Evason’s thoughts on the game in Chicago Saturday night:
Evason announces that Félix Girard is out for the season due to injury:
Mike Liambas breaks down his goal:
Liambas on the Magnus Pääjärvi goal that followed his own:
Liambas on the follow-up game in Chicago:
Liambas on seeing guys like Robinson and Steffes contribute:
Eric Robinson’s thoughts on scoring his first pro goal:
Robinson on the game’s momentum swings:
Gary Steffes on getting back to the AHL and his goal:
Steffes on seizing an opportunity to show what he can do in the AHL:
Steffes’ thoughts on rebounding:
Steffes, “The New Guy” Inside Joke:
Anthony Bitetto’s assessment of the game:
Bitetto on sticking with the process:
Bitetto on the team remaining upbeat during the current run:
Bitetto talks up Robinson and Steffes’ recent play with the Admirals:
Inside Joke Explained: Wednesday night, Steffes’ Admirals locker room stall came complete with the name plate #15 New Guy. It wouldn’t be right of me in any way shape or form to snap a spy photo of that -but- that’s what it said. And it became #15 Steffes last night.
Comments on the comments? What are you expecting out of the Admirals tonight in Chicago? Did the Admirals need a result like last night to wake themselves up or is this the way the rest of the season is going to go from here? How big of a loss will it be to not have Girard for the rest of the season? For that matter, how huge of a loss was it to lose Miikka Salomäki for the season?