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03-12-2010, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by glenngineer View Post
Smithson is a 4th line grinder/PK specialist and his minutes need to be limited to that role. The end of the second period frustrated me too. He and Legwand have a 2 on 1 and Smithson can't handle a pass right onto his stick to even get a shot off. That's pathetic. This is the NHL, not C league hockey. These are the little opportunities that cost us games, not being able to get quality shots off in critical situations. We score there and it's 5-2 going into the third and the momentum shift is totally with us. Instead we go in up 4-2 and that is not much of a cushion against a team like SJ.
Can't count the times I point out to my wife that we have no finishers. Breakaways seldom result in goals. Wide open nets on rebounds way more often than not do not yield goals. After watching skilled players around the goal crease during the Olympics, our deficiency was made more apparent. With the exception of Hornqvist, Weber, our wayward Russian, and maybe Arnott, we just don't have skilled goal scorers. We have hard working, blue collar guys. Sometimes we get the lucky bounce, sometimes we don't.

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