Jan 18 GDT: Our Lads of Perpetual suffering VS BlackHawks
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01-19-2004, 06:59 AM
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I'm not saying the EBel/Berard play at the very end was cheap or dirty, but if the only way you can stop a guy from a breakaway with an empty net is with a careless potentially damaging play, to yourself or the opposing player, then the message from the referee and the league should be "Don't Do It!" (and you'd think a guy like Berard who almost had his eye popped out of his skull because of a someone's careless stickwork would know this). This message is best sent with a Match penalty on the ice and a suspension and/or fine off of it. I'm hoping the Kings send the tape to the league. A team that's had to endure what they've had to endure injury-wise should feel obligated to protect it's players at all costs, but I doubt they will. They're too euphoric trying to remember what it feels like to win a game.
What I find Ironic or Moronic about that play is that Berard above all knows what a questionable situation can do to a bloke and to see him stick his knee out like that were bloody nonsense.
Every NHL coach has his favorites, I still would have loved to have seen Avery in the line up. He is an agitator and when given a shot showing he has some offencive skills as well. Maybe he has a short injury. I do hope that Luc's game doesn't make Murray think he did the right thing. Luc has been playing the exact same way all season and last night we saw what he can still do when played on a top line with enough ice time to work with.
Frolov is proving that he can also score with more talented (offencively) players than his energy line stable mates of the last season and a half. Like I have been preaching for months (and recieving some amount of grief for) I feel Frolov *should* be being used on our top two lines *consistantly* and given enough ice time to work with so that he can A, become familiar with the players,talent, speed and flow in those situations at an NHL level by playing in them instead of watching them and B, to prove that he has exceptional talent and can actually be a major boon to a group of players not expected to play on both sides of the ice.
Frolov was our best forward in both of the last two games and he finally were recieving the ice time and the talent that it takes to show it. (although, Stumpel has been playing over his head and isn't exactly a majour upgrade over Ebell most of the time)
Sorry about Thibault. I knew he were out and has been forever but went with what were on the ESPN site anyways. Oh well. No true harm I hope. I didn't mean to put anyone off as I wrote what I had read. Sorry again.
I were looking at the scedule for the next week thinking "I bet we win against Chicago then lose our next two and win the fourth to put us at 18-16-10-5 and 50 points". So far so good.
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