Lousy start to this one. Good push back in the second period.
PP is horrible. Gave up a SH goal to Burish.....that's embarassing!
Schneider made some huge saves tonight, especially in the first period. They had so many chances before they finally put that rocket into the top shelf from an uncontested player in the slot. Would like to have seen him make that save on the second goal, as it was he got out, challenged and it went off of his glove and in. That shouldn't have happened in the first place as we were supposed to be on the PP. Made two really good stops in the S/O, too bad Vigneault is such a hack when it comes to recognizing that practicing the shootout is actually important.
Edler with one of his worst games in a while. Took a stupid penalty to start things off, couldn't handle a pass to save his life.....dunno how many times I heard Shorthouse say, "and Edler just couldn't handle it at the blueline....", or something similar to that. I did like that he was blasting away from the point for a change, even if he wasn't hitting the net, Niemi wasn't seeing those shots until he heard them ring off the boards or glass behind him.
Hansen is flying right now. Love his game. So is Raymond.
Schroeder on the 4th line over Lapierre? Vigneault simply has his head up his ass.
Our PP is brutal. 2nd unit much more effective. Garrison not getting enough time, and when he does, he isn't getting set up effectively. Though the Sharks sure knew when he was there and that created some chances down low as they adjusted their coverage.....a shame we can't lift the puck.
Why can't we shoot the puck the way Pavelski did in the shootout? Why do we have to come in so slow and then rifle it at the goalie or try some lame deke that doesn't work worth shit? Kassian is either 33% or 50% in the S/O this year, Schroeder is 50%, both MUCH better options than Edler.
Booth cruising with his speed, Kassian controling the puck well and making room with his size, but that's about it. Lapierre really nullifies the potential of that line.
All in all the effort wasn't terrible, but the gameplan is brutal.
Oh and Niemi is not as good as we make him look. He does a really good job of taking away the bottom of the net and then Luongo'ing forward onto his stomach as he stretches out to go post to post with his legs. For some reason Canuck shooters don't like to lift the puck. Hansen finally did and he tied the game. Low shots for rebounds on him are pointless if the rebound can't be shovelled into the top 3/4's of the net. Butterfly goalies love the Vigneault's gameplan, low shots for rebounds with nobody (most of the time) on the weak side to get the puck. Just drop and butterfly and let it hit you, try to direct it to the far side of the net and let your defense pick it up. The shot might get deflected once in a while, but most times it will just miss or hit the chest protector anyhow. When the puck does end up on the ice in front of the crease just stack up and take away the near post. Sigh.
I wonder how much longer we have to watch the team struggle on the scoreboard. As much as the defense has been scrambling alot of late, there have been plenty of games that are lost due to an inability to put some easy pucks in the back of the net.