Meds wrote:I put this on Sutter and Patterson. Patterson didn't close the door, despite his team battling and answering every Czech goal in short order. Sutter should have gone with Fucale after the third goal, and even for the tournament. Fucale isn't known as a world-beater every game, but he has a reputation for making the big saves when they are needed and for showing up in big games.....almost every game in this tournament is a "big game".
Almsot Luongo-esque, wasn't it? No real groaners, but missing that one big save to give the team a W. I don't think you can hang that one on the goalie, however. Both Faceoff goals were scrambled, the first one saw Dumba standing in no man's land, not committing to the lose puck, nor looking for the man. The second one was a wicked shot, and although he might have had it, I don't think it's the kind of goal you hang your head after giving up.
The team in front of him looked scrambly in their own zone at times. They lacked offensive urgency until they were down. I'm sure Sutter will be pissed after that. They seemed okay with sitting back after tying the score, and only really threatened when down a goal.