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Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson frames his team’s playoff narrative

The Toledo Walleye open their Conference Final series against the Colorado Eagles tonight (9 PM EDT), and ahead of the team's third-round playoff match-up, DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner spoke with Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson to set up the Walleye's playoff narrative:

It has been an outstanding season so far for the Walleye, who have already captured The Brabham Cup, which is awarded to the league's regular-season champion and gives Toledo home ice throughout their playoff run.

Some may be surprised by the Walleye's success, but Watson is not the least bit shocked by what his team has accomplished.

"Right from the start when we had a bunch of guys wanting to return to Toledo," Watson said when asked when he knew his team was championship caliber. "They're doing it for the right reason -- they want to win, they want to do it together, they've been together now, some of them for three years, which is almost unheard of at this level.

"So the care level for each other is what makes it so special and so, right at the start of the year when we got going I could see the type of team we were going to have and we brought in some great leadership too.

"We could see it right from the beginning, but we wanted to make sure that we got off to a great start, which we did and then our special teams, first overall in power play and penalty kill, and also our goals for per game and against per game were first overall in the entire league, which is the first time that's happened to lead in those four major categories in one season in the ECHL ever."

Regner continues...

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