Make it six in row....
That's how many home playoff games the Broncos have lost consecutively dating back to the 2004 playoffs.
J.D. Watt's powerplay goal just shy of eight minutes into overtime gave the Pats a 4-3 win in a wild contest filled with scoring chances and turnovers - which usually go hand-in-hand.
For me discipline is becoming an issue for the Broncos. Bad penalties, in the Pats offensive territory was their undoing. The Pats had another eight powerplays and scored twice as their PP continues to operate in upwards of 28% in this series.
It looked like the Broncos really missed the two veteran d-men Michael Wilson and Jesse Dudas who are out with injury. The two play in all situations - especially the powerplay which failed to execute. It had it's chances - but not near enough. It's been the difference in the series so far.
Eric Doyle, Spencer McAvoy, Bretton Stamler, Erik Felde, Dale Wiese, Derek Claffey and Ryan Molle all saw time at the point with the man advantage as the Broncos looked for the right mix to generate something.
The Broncos couldn't have asked for a better start as they held a 10-1 shot advantage just minutes into the opening frame. The Pats killed off a pair of powerplay opportunities and gained momentum after that to close off the first period. Shots were 17-15 Broncos after a wild first.
The thing that troubles me is this series is almost mirroring last years. The Pats take game one, the Broncos game two, the Pats game three. Not only that but special teams was in Regina favour by a mile last playoff series and it's holding true in this best-of-seven tilt.
If the trend continues, the Pats will take a 3-1 series lead back to home ice. They get Jordan Eberle back tonight after he missed game three with suspension.
A must win tonight? You better believe it.