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03-07-2008, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by nomorekids View Post
I actually think Ellis should have been left in. The shorthanded goal was bad...but the other was a 5 on 3, and then the third one was questionable in that Pettinger was allowed to whack at his glove until the puck popped out and went in. The game was still reasonably close until Mason gave up the soft 5-hole for the fourth, at the end of the first.
Mason actually settled in nicely last night. Bieksa had way too much room to walk in on the five-hole shot (still Mase should have stopped that) - defensive breakdown. Hamhuis made a horrible decision with his stretch pass through the trap that set up the Raymond goal - high skill play, give credit where credit is due Raymond earned that goal. Then he had no chance on the PP goal when Salo shot that puck wide (I think it was intentional) and it came right out to the player standing off to the side of the goal.

Chris will get the start tonight and this is his opportunity to step up and earn back some respect both inside and outside the locker room.

As for Ellis, he made a horrible mental mistake on the first goal by not going out to play the puck. He then compounded it by second-guessing himself and eventually getting caught in-between and not being prepared for the actual shot. Has to make the correct decision there in the first place, but even still...he needs to immediately rebound and make the save. Unfortunately, that was just first (actually second - Koistinen trying to soccer down a bouncing puck at the blueline with a player charging him was first) of many mental mistakes last night that lead to the 6-2 result.

We will bemoan everything all day long, but know that the players had until the time they got onto the bus last night to hang their heads down low, but once they got on that bus their minds were turned to Calgary tonight.

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