One of the most entertaining games I've watched this team play so far this season. Pure domination with the puck. Nashville chased all night and was completely out-classed. Unfortunately the bounces were against us tonight. SO MANY missed opporutnities, and so many pucks went just off the toe or heel of a stick. Oh well.
Defensively we weren't great, but we weren't terrible either. Hansen screwed up fatally in the last 2 minutes and that was all she wrote. A few bad turnovers, and a really unlucky poke check attempt by Bieksa (the guy is really suffering through the new contract curse), and a bad read by Schneider on the first goal were all it took for Nashville to be in this one and finally steal the win.
All 4 lines were great tonight, all of them skating and going hard.
Now to the goaltending.....
Schneider with that bad read and whiff on the dump in, then a bad angle shot that just made it inside the far post. Shoulda had it, but honestly it looked like even Legwand was surprised that his shot found the twine. The second goal was stoppable, but when a goalie reads a player's shot, and then his defenseman shoves the blade of his stick in there at the last second, there isn't much a goalie can do.....he went down early, but clearly he was reading the shooter there and was surprised. The 3rd goal, well whadya gonna do? Weber unloads a one-timer into the top shelf unchallenged from the top of the faceoff circle.....no goalie is gonna stop that unless it knocks the wind out of him when it hits him in the chest. Right before that Schneider made a HUGE glove save on a one-timer from the point. He still should have had that first one though.
Luongo came in and I gotta say, I was pulling for him. He made a couple good stops, looked bad on that breakaway by Smith, yes he stopped it, but he read glove side and Smith tried 5-hole and hit him as he dropped. Still he made the save. So I was really pulling for him, because hey, if Vigneault is going to play the hot goalie, then having Lou is great if it means he's going to sit when he craters. Well that was short lived. He looked small in net on Tootoo's goal, I mean, can you at least stick your leg out and TRY to get that puck that's along the ice? He was on his belly on the tying goal.....not sure what he is EVER hoping to stop with that belly-flop shit! Yes the winner was a good pass, and Hansen shit the bed on the back-check, but again, coming across and laying down on his belly.....gimme a fucking break! Lunge for it, try staying upright as you come across the net. Something, but no more laying down like that. Luongo get's the L hung on him tonight and deservedly so. You can't come into a game down 3-1, watch your team score 4 straight goals, and then shit the bed and give up 3 straight goals for the loss......especially when you are making $10M this year!!!!!
I was so amped watching this team own the puck and make the Pred's defense turn in circles. I was suddenly getting really excited for Canuck's hockey again this year.....enter Luongo. Sigh.
At least our offense is looking sharp, and Kesler going over the top of the net was worth a laugh.
Moving on to Sunday now.