"They Call It A Winning Streak" - 2.6.09 - Nashville @ Minnesota
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02-07-2009, 08:20 AM
This is my boomstick
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Chattanooga TN
A few things:
1) Our team is finally starting to consistently win the battles in the corner. The Anaheim game was shocking to me because we outmuscled a bigger, more physical team in the corners all night long.
2) Ellis could still be our starter if Rinne was not playing amazing. Ellis should get the next start due to Trotz's shutout rule.
3) Our team is playing so much better because players are actually playing the roles they are most suited for. Ward is a perfect third liner, as is Bonk. Their play is showing that.
4) The odd man out when everyone is healthy is Smithson and Hornqvist, replaced by Tootoo and Nichol. I think Devries has played well since his return and will keep the 6th spot. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hornqvist go back down to continue to get top 6 time when the forward lines are healthy.
5) Looking at the replays - Fiddler DID touch the puck. The hit was shoulder to shoulder. Boogard was slightly late which was why the call was interference. It was more of a reputation call then anything else. I didn't see Gillies touch the puck, but I do think he deserved the boarding penalty regardless (I mean, he boarded Hamhuis whether or not he touched the puck or not). I thought that Boogard definitely deserved a penalty there as he sucker punched Hamhuis in the face. You could have given Zanon one to even that sequence out, but boogard definitely needed to be in the box.
6) Sullivan was awful last night. He continued to avoid contact like the plague. I'm not surprised, but it is disappointing. In his credit, he took a couple of late hits from Clutterbuck, etc. early on in the game.
7) Trotz FINALLY took Sullivan off the point on the powerplay at the end of the second period. What do you know, Weber gets two shots on net, and we have two huge rebound scoring chances. I missed the third period, so I am not sure if this is something we continued. Regardless, the difference Weber makes on the powerplay is glaring. I am stunned that Trotz hasn't reinserted him onto the top unit. Seeing Weber get less than 45 seconds of powerplay time on each penalty, most of it in our end as we regroup, is poor coaching.
8) We only allowed 4 shots in the first period. We had a stretch of 23:51 seconds of not allowing a single shot on net.....this streak was only broken because they received a 5 on 3 powerplay for nearly two minutes, where they had 3-4 shots.
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