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Looking back at Game 1 win

CINCINNATI -- It's pretty amazing, considering where they were just a month ago, that the Komets are on this kind of run in the postseason. They have won 5 of 6 games, including a five-game ouster of the defending-champion, top-seeded Reading Royals, and now the 2-1 victory over Cincinnati in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Remember, despite being a five seed, the Cyclones are the highest remaining seed in the conference.

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The keys for the Komets in Game 2 tonight are: Come out hard and establish a lead, which they didn't do in Game 1; play more physically, since the Cyclones look like they are tired from their six-game first-round series with Orlando; continue building on the power play.

The keys for the Cyclones: Finish off the scoring chances, after having a lot of good ones in Game 1; work on the power play that is 1 for 18 in the playoffs; have more defensive urgency, which they didn't have when Christian Ouellet scored his winner Friday.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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