I was really praying Mrazek would have a solid game. Now people might still actually stick up for Howard's horrendous season. The dude is awful in overtime, awful in the 3rd period and has been mechanically terrible all season. He couldn't get us past the 2nd round with Nick, Kronner,Raf or Stuart still playing in front of him. His statistical numbers of mediocrity are staggering. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that our defense is bad. But that goalie that is making the elite goalie money has to step up. Guys like Hasek that stand on their head in front of average teams like he did with the Sabres really earn the money. This team is still patching up holes with has-beens like Bertuzzi. Guys like Abdelkader playing on the 1st line and constantly recalling a mediocre Cory Emmerton to fill in for a mediocre Andersson. Guys like Helm that seem to break bones, tear tendons or get herniated discs when they are breathed on. You cannot expect Johan Franzen and a few GR prospects to fix these woes. Alfredsson is not even half as good as Jagr when Jagr turns 50. I think Tootoo has more ice time than Weiss this year. Only on this forum can a goalie go 15-4-3 and get chastised. The man is a friggin backup goaltender. What exactly do you expect? This team has done nothing since that Devil game in every aspect. Goalie,pp, defense, back checking, and offense. 2 much needed wins. Even the coach fails to motivate.
Crosby was out like a year and a half for Pitts and they got 1st seed, Ducks have had guys out all year, Tampa with no Stamkos. Injuries cannot be an excuse 4 years in a row. You have to want it and I just don't see that and the inconsistency proves it. Going all out, banging the bodies and a sense of urgency is all missing.
Sad thing is, even if we had Zetts and D we still aren't a scary team. We get thrown around and still lose shootouts, blow 2-3 goal leads and fall apart in 3rd periods.
Sometimes I think the lack of 60 minute efforts has to fall on the coach's shoulders. I've seen a huge lack of effort coming from a very desperate team the last 4 games. Even the Devil game was a disgrace. Why can't our veterans play the way Jagr and Brodeur are playing at a combined age of like 82?
I know in a perfect world we'd win the Cup every year but this team looks uninspired to say the least. It's tough to watch for us all but that's why we are here on these forums so we can let out our frustrations as fans. Getting a little ticked off doesn't make us bad fans. Shows we care. We are not all trolls, are we?
Edited by GoWings!, 12 March 2014 - 11:03 AM.