Gorges is consistant, I rarely see him have a bad game, and people want to trade him.
My question is (i missed the 1st pd), why is Koivu on the ice? He really didn't do anything. Just floated around, made a couple of passes, didn't cover anyone in the defensive end...
Mind you, there were some really really bad penalties called and missed.
Meh 1 game.
I wouldn't be worrying about a winger or 4th dman, I'd be worried about a big 2nd centerman, as Koivu disappears against teams that really hit.
Koivu had a good game, much better than Kovalev who was quite content throwing th puck away after 5 seconds of gliding. Koivu and Higgins should play together as they are always creating chances. What game were you watching?
Defensive zone coverage was absolutely brutal. Probably one of the worst defensive efforts since the lockout.
Guys were getting caught in the offensive zone, giving up odd man rushes and getting caught taking shifts that were far too long.
Physical play was lacking. The Ducks barely hit and didn't establish much of a forecheck, but once they got to cycling the puck we looked helpless out there. Just chasing shadows in our own zone with no support.
Higgins looked rusty, but it looks as though he's really going to be an impact player this year once he finds his legs.
We gave up 6 goals, but I don't think you can entirely blame this game on Price/Halak. Just some brutal coverage and very poor penalty killing.
PK has generally been pretty good this year, but for whatever reason we extremely disorganized today. Maybe the layoff was too long? The breakouts didn't look as crisp as they usually do.
Anyways, best to forget about this one and just try and refocus for Tuesday's game.
Well, put it simply, Giguere had a good game, he let in four goals, and he made 50 some saves based on us playing towards his bread and butter. The only times we scored were the only times we actually tried to get him to move.
Halak couldn't stop a beachball, our passing was all long bombs, not smart short passes which makes us successful, too many odd man rushes against us and Price was sick, so I'm not going to fault him.
This team has what I call brickwall syndrome. They don't know how to change their tactic. They work with one tactic to death and continue to use it even if it proves inefficient.