Worcester Watch: Don't Call it a Comeback
Providence leads 2-1
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I have never seen a team thrive under pressure like the Worcester Sharks do. Down 2-0 in yet another series, Worcester's offense exploded last night. Forwards T.J. Fox, Jamie McGinn, Andrew Desjardins, Riley Armstrong and Defensemen Patrick Traverse all scored for Worcester; the five goals were the most scored against Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask in these playoffs.
However, Rask doesn't have off nights often, so Worcester is going to have to step up their defensive game if they want to complete their second comeback of this postseason.
After watching two Worcester games, I can see why McLaren (not Frazer, there's two McLaren's on this team) was so important to this squad. Defensively, McLaren is a leader and a veteran presence. Without him, Worcester lacks a solid defensive player who keeps the game-plan going. Joslin is a talent, to be sure, but he needs work on his defensive play.
If you were to simply look at stats from the year, you'd think that Greiss was having a ho-hum season. However, after watching Worcester in the playoffs, I'm beginning to see that Greiss is playing much better than is stats may lead you to believe. If by the off-chance one of our NHL goalies isn't wearing teal at next year, I'd be confident enough in Griess as the backup.
For everyone keeping track at home, there were a few other players who had big games last night. Ryan Vesce had two assists while Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar added one each. I'm thinking that the time they spent in San Jose did wonders for their development. Although Kaspar is yet to really "bring it" on the NHL level, I've been impressed with his play in the NHL. On a side note, DaSilva's six game point streak ended last night, but he still played a strong overall game.
Because of the schedule, Worcester is back home to play game four. If they win tonight, they'll go back to Providence to start a 3 game series.
Prediction: Sharks win 4-2. Goals by McGinn, Joslin, Armstrong, and Staubitz. Staubby drops the gloves with Rask and gives him the Tootoo treatment.