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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:50 am

On Desjardins' goal, the Komets' power play

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Gabriel Desjardins has six goals and 10 points in the last 12 games, but none were bigger than the goal he netted in the third period Friday night.

He got a pass from Garrett Thompson behind the net, then marched out and tucked the puck between the legs of goaltender C.J. Motte.

It was the decisive goal of the Komets’ 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series that continues at 7:30 p.m. today against the Quad City Mallards.

“All that shift, we worked really hard. We were grinding behind the net and it ended up in there for us,” said Desjardins’ whose goal came with 7:03 remaining in front of 5,739 fans.

“I just got a great pass from G behind the net. I just saw the opportunity to put the puck to the net. I think that’s one of the main things we have to do. That goalie is really good playing the puck, so I have to just put the puck to the net and it ended up in.”

It was the 10th time this season the Komets have rallied from two or more down to win, something they hope won’t be necessary in Game 2.

They would be wise to improve their power play, which was 1 for 6 but totaled only 11 shots on goal.

“I did not like the power play – at all. Guys were holding on to the puck. Guys were trying to do everything themselves. I think a big part of tomorrow’s video meeting will be about guys trusting each other and using each other more,” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “Guys were just over-thinking it on the power play and guys didn’t look like we had just practiced it for three straight days, that’s for sure.”

The power-play goal the Komets did get, from Shawn Szydlowski to tie it at 3, was huge though and here’s why: the Mallards are 23-0-0 when leading after two periods but only 12-8-2 when tied.

Check out video highlights from the game above.