I also thought Brendan Smith had a very good game. Would prefer to see Smith and DeKeyser paired together. It's pretty clear whoever gets stuck with Quincey instantly struggles because it seems like even DeKeyser has made more errors of late.
Quincey isn't as supportive as other dmen and turns the puck over a lot - many times DD has turned the puck over because Q didn't drop to give him an option
I'm not even mad. We played well with some boneheaded moments that lead directly to goals but we weren't out-competed. I would say if you add Z and Dats to the mix and subtract Cleary and Eaves you get a powerhouse - you don't get meltdowns with Z and Dats in. I think one problem is our 1C Franzen wasn't conditioned and didn't practice as C the last while so there were adjustments to be made. The TSJ line was awesome - loving sheahan lately and tatar just keeps bringing it - that shift in OT was awesome. Also screw the refs for missing a blatant high stick on him at the end. At least we didn't play like hot garbage without scoring. Gus could have stollen that win potentially but didn't.
I don't see how babs can justify putting Bert in next game. This is the most complete game I have seen all season probably and we didn't even have datsyuk. Holland should think long and hard about moving salary to keep Sheahan and Glendening around and even Jurco.
That may be in the future. Don't be surprised. Every good thing must come to an end, though i'm not even sure Babcock is a good thing anymore.
I think babs could coach a decently healthy team but his bad habits (cleary all the time, sammy on the point) shine heavily when we have kids as the other option. Its been said a million times but his message is probably getting stale. IF the roster turns over this offseason with the old guys out and young guys in the message may be fresh for most of the roster so it COULD work.