Meds wrote: First of all, Lapierre was on the 3rd line last night while Malhotra was on the 4th line. Secondly, Lapierre got 14:00 of TOI to Malhotra's 12:14. That extra 1:46 was at even strength. So don't go bitching that Manny is getting played ahead of Lapierre when he clearly was not.
Lappy was on the 4th line with Volp and Weise, they were 4th in the rotation. Lappy was getting extra shifts due to his excelent play.
Ballard did look fairly off at times last night, and you're right about the 4th goal and his line-change, though the puck did turnover unexpectedly as he was coasting into the bench, he just mis-played it at the boards and it got by him. Tough break, at least to his credit he turned and hustled as hard as he could after the puck and player.....although seeing as he was standing still it was all for naught. As for the silent treatment for Luongo, to me that is just one more reason why I don't like Louie. The guy has been absolute shit since game 6 of the SFC and not a single player on the team has said or done anything about/towards him that indicates a cold shoulder or appears to send a message of "get your shit together or you're dead to me". Quite the opposite. Despite the many, many, many, mistakes, and the plethora of bad goals, that Luongo has been on the hook for, the team, to a man, has stood behind him, "pumped his tires", whacked him on the pads, given him a pass as if to say, hey, you make the big $$$, you won a gold medal, feel free to make mistakes til you're in your groove and are ready to bail us out.....it's all at your convenience Lou. Fuck that. Ballard has worked hard to get where he is, and Ballard has had to do it under Vigneault's whip. Luongo has had Vigneault dancing to his tune since he arrived here, has never had to earn his spot, and in the last few years has really not come up with anything when it counted. For him to give Ballard the silent treatment is absolute crap. Especially when he could have made that save if he wasn't dropping so early every time a shooter load up.
I think you are full of angst and need to vent. There is a thread for that as well.
And Lu had the right to be pissed that play was horrible.