Well, that was three hours you and I will never get back. What a terrible hockey game tonight at the Pepsi Center, in front of the lowest crowd of the season (12,015). Just awful.
The Avs appeared to have no discernible plan or system tonight, other than “Flip the puck into the neutral zone, hope it bounces onto one of our guys’ sticks and maybe get a shot from there.”
The Avs’ offense is just too easy to play against. ... I mean, give me a break: there is no way Andrew Raycroft should have been allowed to come in here tonight and stop 35 shots, but that’s what happened. The guy was 0-5 on the season with an .899 saves percentage, but he, like so many other backups in the league in the last three years, came in here and looked like Terry Sawchuk [where have I heard this before].
The Avs of today just casually take off their gear and quietly walk to their back-room sanctuary, keeping their heads down to avoid having to talk to the media. This team just seems like it doesn’t care enough, doesn’t want it bad enough, and that’s the real indictment of it.
Now let’s talk about Paul Stastny. He was terrible tonight. One shot on net, no points, 43-percent on faceoffs. He was slow all night, got outworked on loose pucks along the boards and generally as noticeable as a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a 10-foot snowbank. There is probably a reason why the Avalanche didn’t give him the captaincy, despite being the team’s highest-paid player and one of its more tenured players. Because he’s not leading by example. Period, end of story.
What does GM Greg Sherman have to say about all this? Dunno, he hasn’t wanted to talk to the media lately. I’ve asked. Josh Kroenke? Ditto. It’s like Avalanche management has all retreated into the bunker lately, hoping not to be seen by the dastardly one or two people that actually cover this team anymore.
dbr wrote:On that note Ray Shero's done a damn fine job with the Pens.
Obviously drafting Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Fleury didn't take a lot of skill but he's done a pretty damned good job of surrounding them with effective players, building and rebuilding their blueline and slowly adding some higher end wingers.
If there's a team in the East that can challenge (sigh) Boston, it's them.
tantalum wrote:Crosby taking the next two games off after taking a hard hit.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-penguins-crosby“I ended up skating the following day after with a little bit exertion and it just didn’t feel right,” Crosby said. “After kind of talking with everyone it was better to be cautious here and not take any chances.”
“I don’t think frustrating, that even describes it,” he said. “It’s not fun but I look at my ImPACT, I look at some of that stuff and I’m way better off than I was dealing with this stuff 10 months ago or whenever it was.”
dbr wrote:Flyers announce Chris Pronger will be shut down for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
mathonwy wrote:dbr wrote:Flyers announce Chris Pronger will be shut down for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Pens said the same for Crosby which would be pretty fucking shitty for hockey in general.
tantalum wrote:In case everybody is like me and didn't notice....Samuelsson made his debut with the Panthers last week. He's playing his 4th game tonight and has collected his first Panther point.
Bit of a enigmatic guy but good to see him back playing.