Sunday, April 20, 2008

No News is Bad News

Well one think is for certain, Ryan Hillier tried to play in Game 2. During the pregame warmups Hillier gave it a shot to see if he could play but clearly one could see that he was hurting. Thus it was no surprise that after the warmups that Hillier did not dress for tonight's game 2.

The good news was that he was healthy enough to see if he could skate so with over 2 days of rest before Game 3; then Hillier we expect to see back in the lineup on Wednesday evening. We will update with more as we get it.

The bad news is that whether or not Hillier returns for Game 3; Hillier will be asked to provide a miracle as the Gatineau Olympiques walked out of Halifax with a 2-0 series lead after a 4-3 double overtime win.

In case you missed it, Hillier suffered what the Mooseheads are calling a "lower body" injury but we know it is an injury to Hillier's left leg. It happened during the second period of Game 2 and Hillier left the game, trying to return to play in the 3rd period but after a couple of shifts was unable to continue.

Now we are not going to say that Hillier is the only player who the Mooseheads can depend on but rather an effective Hillier could be the difference maker because the Olympiques are basically just using 2 full lines and 1 partial line.

The Mooseheads have not been able to figure out how to slow down Olympiques star Claude Giroux as he has shown why the Flyers used a first round pick on Giroux. Giroux had 2 key goals in Game 2 including the double overtime winner.

With the series shifting to Gatineau for the next 3 games, the pressure will be on the Mooseheads to find a way to take no less than 2 out of the next 3 games, which will be a huge order.

We will update this as we get more information regarding Hillier's situation.

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