Ozzie's easily the scapegoat today and to some degree it's warranted. What I'm worried about are the defensive lapses in our own zone. We saw it today on the Asham goal and yesterday in the Preds game. Ericsson looked AWFUL today. I'd rather see a Lilja-Ledba line these days.
How so? I watched the whole thing and didn't notice E looking terrible. He wasn't good on the goal-against he was on for but he looked good on the two goals-for he was on for.
He had one turnover but that was negated by the fact that he also had a takeaway. He was a +1 and had 2 hits. He also had a blocked shot. He played on the PK and wasn't on for a PP goal against.
Was he positionally perfect? No, he looked like a rookie at times. But Lebda was TERRIBLE. Stuart looked bad on the goal he was out with Lebda for. How can Ericsson look good when his partner was a s*** show?
Honestly, I just didn't have a problem with E today. He definitely bounced back after misplaying the pass on that goal. What else did you expect in a game where the forwards played horrible defense and the Wings were constantly back on their heels?
Also, why would you say you'd rather see a Lilja-Lebda line over Lilja-Ericsson when Lebda was the worst d-man on the ice today? The Lilja-E pairing has been great so far.
2 on 1 the goalie plays the shooter but the player tries to take away the pass. He doesn't give up on the shooter and play strictly the pass. If he did that it basically turns in to a break away. As a defenceman you never give up on the shooter but you play to take away the pass and be in position to clear the rebound if need be.
That specific 4 on 2 today turned in to a weird type of 2 on 1. They eliminated the back post players from getting the pass and the shooter was forced to the outside. Last resort for philly is hoping the trailer isn't covered and that Ozzie plays the shot. That is exactly what happened. Bert is to blame too. Don't get me wrong but Ozzie should not have been playing the shot in that situation when basically the opportunity for the shot was not even there.
Was he ever! Bert saw both his line-mates almost behind the Philly net and he still doesn't drop back until it's too late. Even then he did about the most half-assed back check in the history of hockey.
Edited by Drake_Marcus, 04 April 2010 - 08:43 PM.