Once we get a lead, or if it is close late in the game, Ruff seems to want his players to stop forechecking and hang back. They get caught standing still in the neutral zone and not able to help the defence on dump ins. The other team gets a free ride and our offensive players, paid millions to score goals are not given the green light, or not taking it, to pour on the pressure--as I said in another post--I am sick of close games we lose, playing a style our stars were neither drafted for, nor paid the millions they get to do.
They're going to keep dropping games and fall out of the playoff race. Something has to be done to spark this team and just having guys come back from injury isn't likely going to do it. I'm one of the few people left who hasn't said fire Lindy but it's going to have to come down to that or a fairly large trade.
Vanek trying to pass through Ottawa whole team = instant odd man rush.
Team effort the last 30+ minutes.
This team trying to hold a lead. Prevent defense prevents a win not a loss.
I missed all but the last 5 min. of regulation and OT ....
How did Gragnani look as a forward? Better, worse, the same as when he plays "defense"?
How did Weber look?
Did Chewy look good between Vanek and Pominviile?
Lastly, how was Leino tonight?
Thanks for the insight!
Gragnani didn't do much, just look like your typical 4th liner, with no physicality. Weber was great, I thought he and McNabb was our best pairing that night. Chewy looked very good, caused a couple turnovers that led to the first goal and a good chance for the line. Leino was largely invisible, nothing too great, some okay plays, nothing fantastic.
--Ennis had by far his best game of the season. And not just the goal, he was everywhere buzzing offensively. More games like this, less games like pre-injury please.
--Miller. Real shaky in the 1st, but settled in as the game went on and kept this team in it.
--Ehrhoff going out of character to stick up for Miller...
--...but the team not getting any spark from that. Come on, you see that happen and you fail to show up for OT??
--The usual suspects. Roy/Staff made great plays on the Ennis goal...but come on. Those guys have GOT to be better.
--PP. It has been atrocious for some time now.
--Giving up a 3rd period lead
--Defensive zone coverage in general...they were running around way too much and it produced 2 goals against (1st one, the OT one).