Toews or however the hell you spell it should have gotten thrown out of the dot on the faceoff where they scored. Absolute joke of a puck drop. Toews starts with his stick on the ice, Hank swats twice, his stick ends up on the ice and Toews in the air for a clean win that sets up the goal. I don't understand why the ref waited that long and dropped that puck when the away teams stick was in the air.
I don't think it's a matter of Eaves OR Tootoo. They both should be playing. You need Eaves because he kills penalties and Tootoo doesn't. But there's really no reason to play anyone else on the opposite wing other than Tootoo. Eaves-Emmy-Tootoo. Nuff said. Then put Bert or Sammy up with Dats and Z.
as soon as I heard DeKeyser was out for the rest of the playoffs I got a real bad, sinking feeling
as sad as it may be, we needed him around to be a factor in these playoffs it seems
I hope I'm wrong
Like I said, we are a fragile team and we needed all our pieces and everyone of them to be playing at close to their best to have a chance of doing much in the playoffs.
Now we lose Dekeyser, and honestly Lashoff wasn't awful until the 3rd when the team was deflated. But still, Dekeyser brought a great calming effect on our defense, nice outlet passes and just a confidence that almost no other of our d-men has.
Also I don't have a clue why Babcock felt the need to mess with our 4th line by throwin Bert/Sammy on there. It was a complete non-factor the last 2 games. If Abdelkader is suspended I expect Bert to play instead of him on the top line, but we need Tootoo back on the 4th.
Howard had his best game of the series and still allowed 4. Not blaming him whatsoever for tonight, but we're gonna need him to be unreal going forward..
I absolutely have hope, but realistically.. we shouldn't be able to win. Next year I look forward to this team with Dekeyser and Darren Helm on it.