Habs play ridiculous game, win, 5-4 in shootout
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03-02-2012, 07:53 AM
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As the season went on, it became more and more obvious that despite having only one productive offensive line, the real problem is the weak defensive zone and front of the net protection that's been killing this team since last year's playoffs.
PG's biggest mistake imo was building an inexperienced group of d-men.
This team is disorganized in their own zone. The level of confidence of the team crashed when it became obvious they sucked at protecting a lead, and never really got back on its feet.
And while ****ing up a lead is mostly the defensive group responsability, I think Price is not really good either at handling adrenaline fueled part of games. One could argue he cannot do miracles with such a crappy team in front of him, but honestly, I don't remember one game this season where I was telling myself "damn, he decided to turn the switch on" and litteraly steal a game. His shutouts this season looked easy, not hightlight reel packed material.
He's without a doubt a secure presence in front of the net, but he is not an inspiring goalie in key situations. It sometimes comes off as if his "in control" attitude that we tend to like a lot from a goalie sometimes leads the whole team into lacking emotion whatsoever. His key saves don't boost the team, they often just delay the inevitable. He'd do wonders with a cup contending team (imagine if he was with Detroit for example), but I think he lacks the capacity to be driven by emotion in the span of a game, where his team needs him to prevent the card castle from falling.
He is the anti-Tim Thomas, but damn can Thomas be a spark plug for his team.
Understand me well, I like Price, he's surely one of the msot gifted goalie in the world right now. I'm just trying to figure out what's been lacking on his part in this disastrous season, where the team screwed so many chances to stop the downward spiral.
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