Because he was sick enough to miss the morning skate, Monday didn't start the way Komets captain Guy Dupuis intended to celebrate his 40th birthday, but the end of the day was just fine.
The Komets have scored five goals against Flint so far in the Turner Cup Finals, and Dupuis has scored one and assisted on three others. He had another assist in Game 2 on the Komets' first goal of the game as they won 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Dupuis has been the Komets' leader in shots the last five years, but so far he's had only four during the finals – all on the power play, resulting in three Fort Wayne goals.
“It seems like everything Guy is shooting in this series so far is ending up in the net,” Komets coach Al Sims said. “You can tell he's feeling it. As soon as he gets the puck, he's gunning it at the net and good things are happening.”
Dupuis is trying to become one of only 14 people who have won the Turner Cup four times. Dayton's Don Westbrooke is the only person to have won the cup five times, and 12 people have won it four times. That group includes former Komets Scott Gruhl and Chick Balon.
Tough to stomach
Flint goaltender Rob Nolan has been dealing with a bacterial infection that has prohibited him from eating solid food for the past two weeks. The rookie has lost 15 pounds during the playoffs, but has still played magnificently, making 28 saves in Game 1 and 34 in Game 2.
It'll be different
Asked what he expects to change in Game 3 tonight in Flint, Sims said, “It's a smaller building. The series will become more physical, I believe, up there. We just have to stay away from the after-whistle scrums and stuff that put us down to 4-on-4 and 3-on-3. We haven't been a good 4-on-4 team all year. That doesn't help us. We just have to play really disciplined and really well defensively.”
The Komets think the Perani Arena ice surface is smaller, but the Generals dispute that.
“It's smaller,” Sims said. “They can catch us.”
Nick the quick
Komets goaltender Nick Boucher continues to build his remarkable playoff numbers. He's giving up 2.15 goals against and stopping .933 percent of the shots against him now in the postseason, good for a 5-2 record.
Last year Boucher was 8-3 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. In 2008 he was 5-2 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Icing the puck
Since getting three power-play goals in 22 chances during the first four playoff games against Port Huron, the Komets have scored six power-play goals over their next 14 chances. After giving up seven power-play goals in their first 18 chances against Port Huron, they have allowed only three in their last 25 chances against ... Game 1 will be shown on Comcast Channel 55 and Verizon Channel 25 at 8 p.m. today ... The Komets are 23-0 all-time when they take a 2-0 lead in a series. Only three International Hockey League teams have rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to win the Turner Cup Finals – the 1950 Chatham Maroons, the 1988 Salt Lake Golden Eagles and the Komets in 2008. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit.