i think the most frustrating part of this is that the effort is there by most of the team and the hustle is there for the most part...but we just cant catch a break, not one, not at all...our offensive confidence is either shot or we are going up against goaltenders that are playing out of their minds.
I think we continue our play and a couple bounces our way and we have our confidence back, but those bounces better happen soon because they will miss the playoffs if they cannot find a way to win games.
Quick other thing I want to add:
we now are off until Friday, have some practices and have some time to catch our breaths and hope that the lines mesh better and we stop gripping the sticks too tightly..
We should of gotten four out of four points the last two games. Obviously our goaltending isn't cutting it. I mean, is pitching a shutout so much to ask?
Oh wait, you mean it's not the fact we can't even manage a SOG on a 50 second 5 on 3 down a goal late in the third?
Hey Gabby, if you're hurt, sit down already. You're hurting this team way more than you're helping it.
Sick of making every goaltender we face look like Vezina contenders. I don't care if they're quality goalies or not, they can allow more than a couple goals in a game. They have before. And they will again - just not vs the New York Rangers.
The Good: Avery, McD, Biron, the Heritage jerseys
The Bad: Awful turnovers, 2 of which leading to 3rd period goals, and every turnover committed at the Red Wing blue line. Being offsides every other rush up the ice.
The Redden: Gaborik, the PP, etc etc. 47 shots....but did it really feel like it??
I'll tell you what it is. It's a damn tired team. When you have a team that's becoming tired you rely on your skilled players to weave through the times.....we do not have that many skilled players ...we don't have a Malkin or Crosby....we don't have a Briere, Giroux, or Carter. We just don't and whenever we have it's been one and done. Jagr was alone. Gaborik is alone.
There's no finish and the team is tired. Couple that with the lack of game breakers outside of one guy who's really slumping and you have a recipe for disaster. Without any changes we should expect another nail biter to make the playoffs. It's going to come down to the last week again.
I've just about had it with Gaborik. It's one thing to try and not get results, at least you're putting in the effort. It's another to completely loaf around the ice without a ****ing care in the world.
They need the Powerplay and Gaborik to be really really good this year. They now have 3 days off to work on the PP, and maybe get Gabby going with some new linemates, or maybe he gets some practice with EC and Prospal.
We have to beat atlanta, and get it going from here on out. No more of this ******** losing games we should have won.
It's a shame that Gaborik's talents are wasted on someone who gives a half-assed effort. Players like Prust, Callahan, Dubinsky would kill to have his hands. If Gaborik worked nearly as hard as those guys, he would have at least 30 goals by now.
I could cut Gabby some slack if he was snakebit like some of the lesser skilled players on this team. But making a half-hearted attempt to keep the puck in on a crucial PP that could tie the game? Cherrypicking and floating around while most of his teammates are forechecking and backchecking hard? There's nothing that bothers me more than carelessness and lack of effort.