Westgarth should have gone in for Clifford, not Lewis.
Originally Posted by sw1tch
yep, after a game where the captain says the team was uninspired, the coach scratches 1 of the few guys who brought energy to every shift. Sounds about right
Originally Posted by Seventyx7
Lewis out???! Unbelievable. I'm not even a TM hater but that is just ridiculous.
Originally Posted by Reaper45
OK, I've been a Murray supporter, but him scratching Lewis, the only kid who hustles and busts his ass every game?
I'm going to pull this one straight from the Terry Murray Black Book of Clichés to Use When Benching a Player Who is Not a Coach's Pet:
"I thought the game got a little heavy for him there at times. I’m just seeing an NHL level of play, right now, starting to expose a young player. The games are big, they’re intense, they’re close. Everything really matters. Every play is critical, those 1-on-1s, those 3-on-3 — whether it’s in your D-zone or the offensive zone — there are situations right now that are happening a little too fast."
"[T]here’s just some other stuff that is happening that is not what I want to see right now. So, it’s just coming too fast for him, maybe."
"I think the view of it is the same, that he got exposed a little bit in some of those important situations. So we’ll just back away, with this game, and give him a little bit of a break."
I'm not defending TM for benching Lewis at all but I'm thinking it had more to do with TM wanting to see Richie at center.
Lewis could have played RW but TM obviously thinks otherwise.
sweet, i guess Richardson getting exposed massively defensively against SJ in the playoffs with a defensively reliable Simmonds on 1 wing is enough of a reason to throw him against Malkin with the 2 worst defensive forwards on the team on his wing
Although he wasnt scoring, at least Lewis could make sure that 4th line wasn't scored against if caught out
I came in here with a great attitude. "I'm going to put that last game behind me and just watch this one, I'm sure it'll be great"... But come on, Lewis...? I can think of 11 people who are more deserving of being benched.
I am a supporter of Penner and think he's trying hard and very close to producing, but Id rather see Penner sit then Luis. Terry is truly insane, we need to get his brother to cuss some sense into him.
Lewis has brought hustle and energy. He's not been fantastic but has done nothing worthy of being benched. How about sitting one of Clifford, Penner, Wiliams (for his abysmal play the past 6 games), etc