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In Topic: ECQF - Game 4 - Bruins at Red Wings - 8:00 PM EST

Yesterday, 10:18 PM

Well, it was a lot better showing than Game 3.  That's just a better team. 

Would have been nice to have seen how the game would have gone if Chara hadn't gotten that call with his giant dive, though. 

Also would have been nice if another goal had not been scored by Douchic, who is moving up and up on my least favorite players list. 

Also would be nice to not have to put up with playing one of the worst D pairings in the league seemingly over and over again - it somehow seems to me like they are never off the ice.

In Topic: Bertuzzi in, Jurco out

Yesterday, 11:21 AM

I figure this is a result of how skittish the team was as a whole for Game 3.  Put another veteran that's been through it all before into the lineup... take out a kid that hasn't been through it before.  It's an effort to calm things down and get mind right to play the right way, imo.  I don't think it is a coincidence that he'll be playing on a line with Sheahan and Tatar either. 


I don't think it is necessarily a knock on Jurco.  He's just the most logical young guy to take out in place of Bertuzzi.  It goes along the same lines as bringing Zetterberg back sooner rather than later to play 10 - 12 minutes and sitting another young guy.  The team flipped out and crumbled last game.  Changes were warranted.... and the changes shouldn't (in my opinion) be 'play even more rookies,' as has been suggested several times.


Just so no one tries to take my message this direction.... No, I don't like Bertuzzi more than Jurco and I don't think he's a better player at this point in their careers.  No, I don't think Bertuzzi should be re-signed.  Yes, I think he should retire.  That said, this change makes sense to me.

In Topic: ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

22 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

Big difference between expecting a shut out and expecting to not give up incredibly soft/stupid goals and subsequently leads early on in two playoff games in a row. Huge, huge, huge difference in fact. Those kind of goals set the tone and both days, Boston comes back and scores another within just a few minutes. Again, he's hardly the only problem, but when your goalie is giving up leads to a team like Boston early two games in a row in the playoffs, it's a very serious problem whether he plays better the rest of the game or not. He obviously wasn't exactly lights out the rest of game two either.


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.



Please.  The bottom line?  The bottom line is that you're not always going to score the first goal and professional hockey players should probably still be able to do their jobs when playing down a goal or even (oh my goodness) two goals.  The guy guarding your own net is not the reason why you can't score.  A crapload more games have been won by teams whose goaltender let in two goals than have been won by teams who were able to score zero goals.  Letting in two goals or less is pretty much the definition of giving your team a chance to win,  If your team can't score more than two goals a game (let alone less than one), you're not going to win much of anything no matter who is in your net.

In Topic: ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

22 April 2014 - 09:19 PM


I've been fairly supportive of Howard relative to his struggles this year, but two games in a row he singlehandedly gave Boston early leads. It's clear that the goals aren't coming easy for us, so to give up such awful goals early on is just completely unacceptable. He's well into his career now and is getting paid top-10 goalie money; he can't do what he's done in these last two games. It doesn't matter how well he plays the rest of the game. When you're stuck playing from behind against a team like Boston with such a young team at that, you're asking for trouble.


Now I'm not saying he singlehandedly lost the games for us. Obviously you need to score goals too. But again, Howard is singlehandedly the reason why we gave up two early leads, and that's just no way to start games against a team like Boston. Given his status, his contract, and the build and make of this particular team, he needs to be leading and steadying the ship early, not forcing a team full of rookies to play from behind.


I want to like Howard and I have for some time, and I can agree that he played well today after giving up the two first period goals, but it's really, really hard to overlook the way he's started these last couple games given that it's the playoffs. I think it's safe to say that he's worn out his "grace" goals for this series. He needs to be competing all the way through and not be giving Boston any more easy goals, especially early on.


So, the stupid and completely unavoidable penalty and the awful line change did not contribute at all?  Or, they were Howard's fault?  Garbage.  I refuse to even consider the rest of your post at all because it includes that B.S.

In Topic: ADQF | Game 3 | Boston 3 @ Detroit 0, BOS leads series 2-1

22 April 2014 - 07:45 PM

That's not a penalty for me. Smith didn't extend his leg any extra. He should not be expected to just move out of the way and let Marchand through.