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#2515535 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 10:14 PM

This is pretty much playing out like a team that made the playoffs by 2 games against the presidents trophy winners. 

 

Monster in relief was impressive, there was zero control over the OT goal, you can't stop a double deflection like that. We had our chances, and didn't capitalize. 3 straight or done.




#2515351 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 09:24 PM

Dare I say, Quincey is having a good 3rd.




#2515348 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 09:23 PM

For as big as Monster is, he comes way too far out of his crease to cut down the angle. He needs to rely more on his size and ability over being 2-3 feet out of the crease leaving that side so wide open. It's scary.




#2515337 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 09:20 PM

Nice hit Q




#2515235 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 08:38 PM

Excellent D play by Smith, may have saved a goal there. Remember that play.




#2515223 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 08:33 PM

Good blue line play there Kindl.. receive puck.. juggle it.. look confused.. let them clear it.




#2515134 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 08:13 PM

Lucic was very slow to get back to the bench, Franzen lit him up I love it.




#2514964 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 07:20 PM

Look at Abby our little firecracker.. do some damage you FlashyG perceived chick.




#2514522 Do you want Jonas Gustavsson re-signed?

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 02:59 AM

I'm fine with Monster for one more season, He came up big for us when Howard was injured and got valuable wins. 

 

Mrazek hasn't proven anything to me yet, he needs more time under his belt. He had two wins in six starts this season and nothing about that screams to me "trusted backup". If Howard went down for an extended period of time, as it sits right now, I have more confidence in Monster carrying the load for a few weeks over Mrazek.




#2514521 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Posted by MabusIncarnate on Today, 02:43 AM

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This is do or die, tie the series or be put in the situation where 3 wins straight is the only possibility to advance. Play hard, with desperation, and act like this is the biggest game of the year against the top team in hockey. 

 

Lets GO Wings, bring us a victory in game 4!




#2514163 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 10:09 PM

 

He is taking the most heat because two games in a row he gave up easy goals to give Boston early leads.

 

Again, Jimmy Howard did not give the Red Wings a chance to get things started against Boston, but he absolutely straight-up handed Boston that chance, two playoff games in a row. That's the bottom line and that's why it's a serious problem no matter his play the remainder of the game.

 

I absolutely think we have other problems aside from Howard, but I also think we might see the team look a bit different if they weren't having to play from behind early on. We haven't really had a chance to get anything going two games in a row because early leads were given up to a team that is just too good to be giving early leads to. Like it or not, those early leads were started by bad plays by Howard. The situation was exacerbated by the rest of the team quickly in both games, and Howard obviously doesn't shoulder as much blame for those goals, but the wheels started coming off due to bad goals given up by Howard.

 

Howard needs to give the team a better chance to get going than he's done these last two games. I didn't make a stink about it after the last game because it was one game and s*** happens. Most goalies give up one bad goal now and again. I've never held it against goalies when it occasionally happened. After all, I was an Osgood fan, and obviously he had his seriously atrocious goals against. But Osgood had a tendency of following up games in which he gave up lousy goals with outstanding, lights out games. Howard came back and gave up another easy goal and lead again tonight, in the playoffs.

 

No one should be debating whether or not he played well the rest of the game because he did, but there should also be no debate that these early goals he's giving up are unacceptable and deflating, and again, that's a serious problem.

If this team is falling apart after one goal being allowed then they have no business even playing in the playoffs to begin with. If they go into the game with the logic that they must score the first goal or they are going to just not play anymore and lose the game then there is no hope for any kind of advancement this season.

 

Regardless, he doesn't let that one in, we still lose 1-0. There was no energy out of the Wings prior to that first goal anyway, they came out lazy like they didn't care. It's not like they came out flying, were putting up scoring chances, and suddenly a weak goal was let in and it changed the entire pace of the game. They were bad from the puck drop until late in the 2nd period. It was a matter of when Boston was going to score, not if, and that is the fault of the skaters and defense. 

 

I still don't declare the first goal as weak as everyone is saying it is, in my book, weak means no excuse why it wasn't stopped. The red line slapper against Osgood, the wrap around against Fleury in last year's playoffs. Soderberg ripped it over Howard's glove, he was given plenty of room to do so and he tucked it in right under the crossbar. It could have been stopped, but it wasn't a bad, weak shot that some kind of half assed effort caused to go in, Howard just didn't react in time to stop the shot that picked the corner. It was stoppable, but not weak.

 

What Howard did in Game 2 was a mistake and weak. I won't deny that. They are two very different situations.




#2514134 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 09:43 PM

 

Quick won the Conn Smythe a few years ago in one of the best goaltending performances ever.

 

Howard can't get past the 2nd round.  

I didn't post that with the intention of arguing that Howard is better than Quick, because I won't. It is more a point that yes, a goaltender can be responsible for losing games in the playoffs. Quick has solely been responsible for them being down 2-0 and having the series in a losing position right now. There is no denying that, he has been terrible.

 

Howard has been responsible for dropping one game. Holding him responsible for this game is illogical. His numbers have been excellent, he stole us a game, yet he's still getting the most heat. That's my point. Even the most elite can be awful at times and cause you to lose games. Howard has been solid, not stellar, but not bad either. 

 

The blame needs to be pointed at the offense and lack of effort and energy in the first half of tonight's game. 




#2514111 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 09:29 PM

Defend him all you want but we will never win anything with Howard in net.

I know, if only we had a clutch goaltender like Quick shutting down the opposition with insanely strong efforts every night during the playoffs.

 

Howard - 2.02 GAA .931 SV%

Quick - 7.20 GAA .824 SV%




#2514077 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 09:12 PM

You mean after Boston stopped playing and just sat back on their lead? Yeah he's been just great since he threw away our chance to win in the first period.

Shutout or nothing is an arrogant expectation of any fan towards a goalie. Considering the odd man rushes, the scoring chances, and Howard making over 30 saves he played damn well and it could have been a lot worse. He's among the last I blame for the loss, scoring 2 goals in 3 games so far and blaming the goalie is ridiculous. 

 

Howard is the only reason why we won game 1 or we would be facing a 0-3 series right now. Howard is the only reason why we still had some kind of chance in the 3rd period this game, if it was Monster, we are down 4-0 going into the 3rd.




#2513360 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 06:54 PM

At least it's not a PP for us, that would be disastrous.