This game has been a joke wise officiating... Don't get me wrong we sucked, out worked out skated out battles but the difference between what Boston can get away with and what we get
Called for is rediculous
Play em, were still battling between Pitt and Boston. Pitt is the better match up and less physical. Datsyuk still needs to get in to his groove and you want to go in to the playoffs firing on all cylinders not laying down and resting your stars. They are pros, 3 days rest before playoffs is fine, it's not like 4-5 days is night and day. If we lose against Carolina it may be a different story but we fight to play Pitt the easier seed and a chance to play against NYR and Philly who have both struggled a lot this season
The biggest thing that bugs me is people thinking we need a rebuild, or this team isn't good enough. When in reality if we were healthy we are good enough to play with the best. Problem is when not healthy we are not going to be good enough just the way it is. The other thing thats really starting to stand out to me is not our goaltending. 3 different goalies are losing games not just one coughing away wins. The problem is D. When Datsyuk, Z, and Helm are in the line up we have defensive forwards to help them out, but when they aren't its a glaring weakness.
I will never give up on this team, never have never will. The thing is healthy we are a good team and I would say top of the conference fighting for first with Boston. Problem is they have stayed healthy all year and well we cant keep less then 5/6 guys off IR.
I don think people understand how s*** trickles down. When you are missing your top players, the kids have to play against top pairs instead of 2nd, 3rd pairs. Which then has our weakest lines that shouldn't be in the NHL on the ice for 1/2 the game. When we don't have your top centers, the defense has to make up for them as well, in the zone D is a 3 man system, s***ty centers help break down our d coverage. Go figure that s***ty D means s***ty goaltending because of all the chances, turnovers, bad coverage and fatigue but hey let's just blame Howard, obviously his fault lol
I do love how Ericsson spearing the puck out of Howard's glove and no one picking up the rebound guy that was behind the D was also Howard's fault. He could have done a better job controlling the rebound but he also didn't let it sit 3 feet dead center in front of him off a quick shot by jagr. It's pretty easy to blame Howard when our D is playing terrible and out centers are lead by Anderson lol