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07-15-2004, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Stefan_Latulippe
Humm....tell that to David Beckham.

Yeah, because every play in a hockey game is EXACTLY like a penalty shot for the captain of England in the second round of the Euro cup.

A goalscorer can make 20 mistakes a game, then score once or twice, and everyone is happy (think guys like Pavel Bure). A guy like Sunny might get away with making one mistake a game, or the other team is going to score, and that will be a huge letdown for him, because his job is to stop the other team from scoring. Pressure isn't all about who people on message boards blame the next day, it's about playing a game and doing your job. I bet you Sunny feels way more pressure to shut down other players because that's his job than because fans will hate him if he doesn't. Even if not, he made one mistake in the POs and people all over him now. How many posts have you seen lately that are critical of Zednik or Ryder for missing empty nets in the playoffs? Those were individual mistakes, much like Sunny's.

Originally Posted by Stefan_Latulippe
Let's say the Habs lose 3-0 to the Leafs and they finish with minus 3 each.

Who will be blame the following day?

Koivu, Zednik, Ryder, Ribeiro for not producing offensively.
Theo for having allowed three goals.
Couple of d-men for not covering their men.

Now, will the 3rd and 4th line be blame for not scoring?
Will they be blame for being minus 3?

Voilą. they have no pressure and are not accountable for anything.
You're kidding, right? You must be joking. If someone comes out of a 3-0 loss at -3, and they made mistakes at least one of the goals (otherwise why would we dislike them, if they make no mistakes?) you think that's going to go unnoticed? Of course they'll be blamed for being minus 3.

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