3. Leave it all on the Ice
The Carolina Hurricanes need to leave nothing in the tank after tonight
This is it. Nothing after this if they lose. In fact, there will be a long off-season to look towards if the Hurricanes fail to win any of the next three games. December or January will be the next time any meaningful Carolina Hurricanes hockey will be played. There is no reason not to leave it all on the ice. There is no reason not to try and win this game at all costs.
I for one, do not want to wait four to five months for my next Keys article. I want to write one tomorrow. I want to write another one on Sunday. And another one after that in the month of August. But without a win tonight that doesn’t happen.
But this isn’t about me. This isn’t about you or any of the fans. This is about the Carolina Hurricanes and their tenacity to win. How can they rally to win this game if they don’t do it for each other? And how can they do it for each other if they don’t leave it all on the ice for each other?
We all know that they Hurricanes have it in them to come back in this series. It is a long shot, but they are the team that can secure these kinds of long shots. They have the roster and the depth to do it. They just need to use that to win and win again and again.
That means understanding that if a player leaves nothing in the tank and can’t go on to play tomorrow that there is someone who can come in and fill that role. That is okay because we get to have a tomorrow.
The Bruins do not want to play tomorrow. This Carolina team is terrifying on the second game of back to backs. They will outlast the Bruins. They will try and win the series tonight and get some rest. That means both teams will try to win. The Bruins have the safety net of a two game lead, Carolina doesn’t.
That means they have to be the better team tonight and leave nothing in the tank.