A few comments;
When Luongo was pulled, I was looking for AV to call a time out instead to regroup the troops. Instead the goalie change to waken up the forwards and defenders that there are two aspects to the game. However, the play of Schneider in relief highlighted there are serious issues with the leadership of the team.
A I understand it, while Henrik is the captain, much of the leadership is by committee of the core groups of players. Luongo, Daniel, Kesler, Biesksa, Malhotra, past captain and the associate captains being primary to the leadership committee. For the most part, these players are all stinking the joint out!
Daniel and Henrik have completely forgotten the defensive aspect of the game. They were once two of the better defensive players on the team but now are completely unwilling to back check or take a man inside their own blue line.
Kasual Kevin has not played this Special Ed variety of hockey since he signed his last contract. Someone, anyone, please slash his leg before we witness any more of this.
Manny is not seeing the ice, look at his eyes in interviews, he's fucked up. The only good I can make of it is thinking Pronger may be in the same situation.
Kesler is trying, still rusty, needs to simplify things and having two steady north-south guys on his wings may just do that.
Luongo looks as awkward as a marionette out there in comparison to the fluid moves of Schneider. I'm with HW, let him loosen up opening and closing the bench door for a few games.
It is time for Henrik to stand up, take charge and kick some folks in the balls for their play. And he needs to start with his own scrotum. He and his brother were given a bit of a pass for their ugly defensive play in the SCF because of Henrik's injury, but they have taken up right where they left off. Remember that these were the folks who shut down the Toews line in the first to games of the opening round before Bolland returned to the line up.
I have seen enough of Cody Hodgson. It is time for McT to teach him that his silly OHL dipsy doodles will not work on NHL calibre defenders. You never know, he may even learn to win a puck battle along the boards.
That first goal was like drops of blood in a piranha pool. To a man, Vancouver stood by and watched the feeding frenzy.
What should be the Oile'rs weakness, their slow, immobile defence was never exploited. Once again the fore check did not exist.
The Sedin line managed to completely dominate the Oilers for two shifts in the third. Those shifts bracketed a horrendously ineffective power play.
Booth played as expected for a new player with limited practice with his line mates, Steady, north south. I was impressed with his shot. That quick release in traffic will be an asset.
AV looked as pissed off with his players as I have ever seen him, I am sure several player would have gladly bused it back to Vancouver rather than be on the same plane as the coaches. We will soon see who controls the room.
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on Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:35 am, edited 3 times in total.
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I'm amazed that so many people choose to be complete twats.