Much MUCH better showing by both teams tonight in the 2-1 shootout win for the Aeros. While Houston generally outshot the Stars the whole game, there were only brief stretches where the game actually felt lopsided.
Both goalies put on a clinic, turning away plenty of tough attempts, including in the eventual shootout. There were few "easy" shots in the shootout, and Khudobin in particular was absolutely oozing confidence the entire game.
And he knew he'd done something special with the final shot of the shootout, and his fist pumping celebration looked like this:
You might have gathered from our Twitter feed tonight that I was impressed with Cody Almond. He was a fantastic surprise. You hear guys are good in junior, but until you see them at the next level, it's tough to put much stock in that, but he was terrific in his first pro game tonight. Fantastic hockey sense, big time hustle, strong on the boards... great stuff.
Daoust is a little spitfire, too, though maybe a little too much fire (or is it too much spit?) tonight with an inopportune unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the tied game.
Personally, I feel better tonight. Last night's game left me unsettled. I wasn't happy with the goaltending. I wasn't happy with the "too little too late" compete level. It reminded me of frustrating teams of the past and I really came out of pre-season thinking they were a much better team than that.
And I just flat out hate being wrong.
But tonight I feel less off base with my general expectations for the team. Khudobin only made me wonder where the nearest defibrillator was one time, and in an hairy game like this one was, that's pretty good. His rebound control was greatly improved and he was calm and confident the whole way.
Moreover, he was just working his can off, which was a nice thing to see.
Okay, that's it from me. Video from John and Andrew, as well as write-ups are coming!