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Hmmm... I'm seeing a lot of anxiety in that body language.
Desperation takes many forms Wendy. They need to play desperate hockey right now to get back into this.
They had to do it last year in the playoffs, they have to do it this year to make the playoffs.
I think there has been some reverse psychology used on the Blog predicting 0 - 3.
I feel 4 points would be huge and settle for 3. Then come back and turn things around at home.
Desperate? I'd say they need to play simple, focused, disciplined and whenever possible, opportunistic hockey. The one thing they can't do is get down on themselves and feel like they've already lost. But I definitely saw some "fear faces" in there... pursed lips, corners of the mouth turned slightly down. To his credit, Chaulk looked mostly stoic, but this is no time for stoicism. This is a time for blaring trumpets and battle cries.
Oh, I think he said it. Comment like "first isn't out of the question." But everyone has to be hungry for it. I still think desperate, like the duck on the pond. Quiet on top but paddling like h e double hockey sticks under the surface.
"First isn't out of the question," said the duck. Then the Mudbugs went for their hockey sticks, but the duck was faster. ;)
I'm sure that's the case with him, but I have to wonder about the things players say in interviews. Like last night when Washington played Atlanta. Before the game, Mike Green said, "This game is important. They've taken it to us over the course of the season and going into the break here we want to make sure we have confidence and momentum." Then the Capitals went out and lost 0-1. Way to take it to them guys. It does seem like players say what they know is expected of them in interviews, but that often doesn't have anything to do with what's going on in their heads in reality.
I'm not sure I saw any anxiety or fear in their answers, actions, or body language. Sounded to me like they both answered the questions head-on, realized the team's position, and responded with a lot of honesty. They both looked directly into the eyes of Ross Kinnsey when answering.
The team is in a tough position and faces a tough trip. I don't think they feel "desparate" but even if I'm wrong and the do, well, sometimes desparation can be a great motivator.
I'm just going by something that was the subject of a Discovery Channel special once. The show was about how to tell when someone is lying. No, I'm not saying anyone was lying here. It's just an instinctive resonse when a person is feeling anxiety or stress. Chaulk wasn't showing much of anything, but there is a point about halfway through that if you freeze it, you can see a see it. But only for that instant. Yes, Kaleigh was looking the guy in the eye. But he was also looking down a lot and making the "fear face" on multiple occasions. Maybe I'm just seeing things, but if they are stressed, it would certainly be understandable. I'm just concerned that their confidence isn't where it should be. They should be feeling pretty good going into this weekend. They've been playing much better lately, and I think they've shown they can compete with anyone when they focus and stick together. Win or lose, I expect nothing less than a strong showing from them this weekend.
Edit: "... that if you freeze it, you can see it." :|
Out of curiosity, Wendy, what would you prefer Mike Green say on camera?
It's just a well-known fact that most players aren't candid with their thoughts. That's why people think it's so refreshing when someone actually says exactly what is on their mind. It's rare. What would I prefer he say? Exactly what he's thinking. If that's what he was thinking, so be it, but the game results make me think otherwise. I prefer honesty in all situations, even when it's painful, even when it isn't what I want to hear.
But then they get hammered for it by people who say they are only giving 71 percent all the time. Forever.