Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-20-2013, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
Not Kruger's fault. Not Dubnyk's fault.

The real guys to fault here is Mark Fistric, Nick Schultz, and Ryan Smyth.

Both are terrible at executing anytime of systematic play. Fistric playing on his off-side (RD) is an embarrassment to the sport. Nick Schultz is Steve Staios - I can't believe we keep a veteran Canadian around this long but give up on a better Russian in Grebeshkov - literally probably for nationality reasons.

Ryan Smyth is just too inconsistent. His effort is sweet, sometimes his veteran savvy shines through - but he can't close on defense, can't make effective plays when it matters. Pisses me off.

On the bright side, the double shifting of MPS was a brilliant move on Kruger's part - who better to put out there then arguably your best defensive player. Guy was a menace all game long - neutralizing Marleau at ES, breaking up the Sharks fast-breaks up the ice, and getting his sticks into lanes. Other than Gagner our best forward tonight, along with Hall.
Fistric was solid.. did what he does best... cant expect more from him... Him playing RD is also Kruger's fault.. Nick Schultz was decent as well... SJ is just too big for him to handle but he did a good enough job..
Smyth getting double shifted \ playing C was also a coaching decision... couldve played Hall down the middle if he wanted.. even Eberle... It is not like he is getting things done playing RW.

Dubnyk was fine... made some big saves.. as good <bad> as Neimi .. In shootouts he sucked... no disagreement there..

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