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#2514521 ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (F/OT)

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 24 April 2014 - 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.




#2513346 ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 22 April 2014 - 06:51 PM

Abby came to play tonight, he's everywhere.




#2512650 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

Say it with me everyone... SEVEN-GAME-SERIES.

 

We made the playoffs with two games to spare, the Bruins clinched weeks prior. We are going back home with the series tied 1-1.

 

If this team has proven anything this season it's that they can step up in big moments and win games they shouldn't win. There was some clutch play out of this same team not weeks ago when it came down to making it this far or not. 

 

We might win, we might lose, but we made it this far, and we are facing a tied series now. There's zero reason to jump ship at this point if you have stuck it out all year and seasons prior.




#2512566 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 04:18 PM

In NHL 14 that's 2 minutes for interference every time. 




#2512552 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

Rask has obnoxious sized nostrils. He can hide a puck up each one. 

 

I always think of one of those bad 80's euro-techno bands playing keytars when I see him.




#2512365 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 03:40 PM

Alright boys let's kill this PP and not allow any shorties. 




#2512237 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 03:11 PM

Lets not fall apart fans. LGW in the 2nd and 3rd.

But didn't you know that scoring 2 goals in 40 minutes is nearly impossible?! 

 

The claims that we already lost this game are completely justified. :lol:




#2512211 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 03:04 PM

Well hate to say I called it.... But

You said nearly the same thing in the game 1 GDT, followed by saying they have a much better game 2. Prediction null and void if you post the same one before each game. 




#2511973 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 02:28 PM

With the injury history and even his future in question, i'm thrilled to see this Helm back, hustling, creating chances, and playing like he is entirely healthy.




#2511961 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 20 April 2014 - 02:26 PM

Penalty or not i'm impressed Tatar can take down the hulk.