by Jon Jordan on 04/18/11 at 08:58 PM ET
Before I hop right into a night’s worth of radio spots here and there, some quick, last-minute reading to get you prepped for Penguins/Lightning game three here at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Without further delay, a sneak peek at the latest collaboration between FromThePoint.com‘s Brian Metzer and myself, his latest questions for me heading into tonight’s pivotal matchup and then a link to the rest:
BM: Though Simon Gagne has been in and out of the line-up throughout the season, he has a lot of playoff experience and more importantly a lot of experience in playing the Penguins. He was another of the heroes of Game 2 and looked a like the guy that Yzerman hoped he had brought in with three helpers. To your knowledge has he given any specific input on tactics that could be helpful against the Penguins? Can you speak to the intangibles that a guy like Gagne brings to the team?
JJ: While I cannot speak to Gagne having any specific pointers on playing against the Penguins in the playoffs, I’m sure, like many of the other veterans, he’s interjected an opinion or two and some general advice stemming from his extensive postseason experience as a professional. More important than that, however, and more valuable to the team overall, is the penchant for clutch performance that Gagne brings, especially at this time of the year, when literally everything is on the line.
When Gagne was brought in from Philadelphia this past summer, for defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick, his ultimate value to the club was always going to be measured by playoff success. On one hand, a guy like Gagne was brought in to help get this team to the playoffs and, on the other, to put his 90+ games of postseason experience to good use and contribute regularly. If the Bolts make any sort of extended run, I have a sneaky suspicion that Gagne’s trio of helpers in game two was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, in terms of offensive production.
Head on over to From The Point for the rest.
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