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  • Jeremy Wadsworth | The Blade Komets defenseman Kevin Gibson moves the puck past Toledo Walleye forward Zach Gallant during Game 2 of the Central Division semifinals Saturday at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:10 pm

Key to Game 3: Intensity

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Anyone who saw the first two games of the Central Division semifinals would agree that almost all the Toledo Walleye players were amped up and ready to go, whereas that didn’t necessarily hold true for the Komets’ guys.

That has to change tonight for Game 3 at Memorial Coliseum; the Komets need everyone going and it has to happen as soon as the game begins.

“You want to take care of the couple minutes,” Toledo coach Dan Watson said. “Everyone’s first shift, you want to make sure everyone is taking care of business and dialed in.”

He meant the first shift of every period. And the Komets should take note.

I’m not going to say scoring the first goal is absolutely pivotal because the Komets have shown they aren’t exactly reliable playing with a lead, but if Toledo scores first it’s going to be a long night at the Coliseum.

The onus is on the leaders to make sure everyone is going hard early.