The word I was going to use for the first period was pitiful.
This team makes no sense. They play that awful in the first period and then come out and play that well in the second.
I don't think there's any doubt you can tell some of the players are playing injured. I'll let you decide who, but there were at least two players I noticed tonight who could barely get up the ice, and no, I'm not talking about those wearing numbers 44 and 21.
Amazing the difference Brett Smith makes in this team.