I had great seats in 113 tonight, my view from there:
The Cube throws alot of pucks towards the net from our blueline, I like that alot. Our PP goals was really a great play by him. He made Ward lok good on that one.
Smithson has more goals than Legwand and Erat combined.
I have no idea what Sullivans problem is. I guess he thought that Erat was out of the lineup so somebody else needed to skate around and then cough up the puck. You gotta shoot! In the 3rd Scatchard had no play and just threw the puck in on Huet, he didnt play it cleanly and dropped it in front of the crease but nobody else was down there.
Franson was pretty invisible in a good way but we were luck that the Hawks didnt capitalize on those breakaways.
I thought the team played very well. And very much together as a team. Lots of dmen in front of Pekka. And Pekka made some great saves. It was 3 solid, good effort periods. It might not have been pretty, but everyone was working hard and they deserved the win.
I don't know how it looked on TV, but at the arena there were a lot of chances on our PP. The 5-on-3 sucked, but on the others they moved the puck around and got lots of good chances.
18 of 28 shots were on the PP so we definitely had the shots.
But that means we only had 10 even strength shots...actually, only 9 (9 even strength shots for the whole game!! ) because Smithson's goal/shot was SH.
I really like Boullion and Scatchard.
Last edited by sparkle twin: 10-31-2009 at 01:17 AM.
Boullion was a great pickup by DP. They guy is a solid player. I was reminded how solid after watching Zanon the other night. Klein was not as horrible during this game.
Franson still seems pretty nervous at times with the puck deep in the defensive zone and makes a mistake. I do think the guy has potential to be a pretty decent player still, based on his offensive instincts-- if he is paired with the right guy and gets good mentoring for a couple of seasons. Many D-men mature that way into quality NHL players.
Colin Wilson still impresses me. Really like his hustle and grit.
I was most concerned on the forward front with Sully's play.
1) I don't like him on the power play. All the PK has to do is pressure him on the wall and he invariably gives up the puck or tries soemthing too fancy, a mindset that infects the other players. Get him off there.
2) Too predictable. He still looks to make the fancy pass too much. Remember how he got hooked on the back door play in the past? Steve seems to have a small bag of tricks and wants to stay within his playbook too much. Needs to display more creativity.
Overall, this was a satisfying win-- I don't want to take away from that. We have not had enough of these for to start spoiling them. On to the next!