Unfortunately, it was Pouliot who continues to play dumb hockey. Martin clearly did not want to play Pouliot in the third, and perhaps because the rest of the lines were playing well, Martin did not want to insert Desharnais and disrupt the chemistry. Le_sean also brings up a good point, that Vancouver is a physical team, so Martin may have more comfortable leaving the smaller player on the bench.
Either way, I agree, Desharnais didn't make any mistakes, and I feel bad that he was a spectator during the 3rd period. He deserved more.
That's actually what makes the most sense to me. As not only was his 5 on 5 time cut, but he had next to no time on the PK or PP as well.
And if you watch the replay at the end of the game, DD rushed to Price beaming with happiness!
Its all about the "W".
Durking a break in the play in the 3rd when he wasn't even playing, I recall him talking to Gill about what he would do in the d-zone to get the puck out quickly. It's great to have players like that focused throughout the game.
This team, through heart alone, can beat the best in the league. Unfortunately the playoffs aren't a one-game knockout. With the pounding that this team would take over a 7 game series, they need to do the imposing, rather than the other way around. If we mixed the heart we have with guys who have size and skill, we'll be tough to beat. This was a game 7 for them and they pulled through. Time to get some guys with size. Konopka, Penner and a guy like Sutton will do for me right now.
This certainly wasn't just another two points for Price. Glad to see him thrive tonight.
He seemed genuinely upset this morning after the skate having the answers reporters' questions about the last time he played in Vancouver. Good thing he is able to erase that memory. The game is obviously important to him, and he had a lot of his family in attendance. There also appeared to be several kids from Northern BC that his mother brought from the reserve that she is involved with.
1) I hope all the people that think Martin is a petty spiteful man who spends the majority of his free time hatching plans to destroy Eller and Kostitsyn's confidence noticed the massive vote of confidence that he gave them both by putting them on late in the game to reward their excellent AND responsible play tonight. It would've been easy for him to keep those two on the bench but he specifically rolled that line out there with a purpose and they didn't let him down. That is great message sending by a coach.
I'm sorry you have good points but I disagree with this one. Giving them a few minutes of extra ice time after a good jack-rabbit performance isn't enough to make up for dismantling our true #1 line AK-Plek-Cam in favor of that lazy turd Gomez and forever banishing Eller to a hidden role on this team that no one even knows he's playing for us anymore.
But whatever, good game tonight despite Martin's coaching imo.
That's what's frustrating about AK. If he'd keep the bong under lock and key during the season, we'd have a player. The guy just plain old doesn't look prepared for most games. Tonight he was, and he had IMO his best game in eons.
Mara, Gill and Subban were especially strong on the back end tonight. Subban is a very, very special player.....not that anyone is surprised by that, but he sure looks like a superstar in the making.
I think JM penalized the whole line for Pouliots brutally stupid penalty. I think it's a way to make him accountable to his own teammates.
Overall, great bounceback game, and a real character builder.