Regardless who/what is to blame, we need to win this game. Every single player needs to give everything they've got in the 3rd, and at least tie it up. You can't lose 3 straight games on home ice, in a shortened season. We are 4th in the division, tied for 6th in the conference if we lose this game. Standings don't mean a whole lot at this point in the season, but it's really tough to claw back to the top than it is to sit there and handle your business. You have to rely on other teams to lose, and then you're not operating in a position of strength. This third better be the best hockey this team has played all year. It's a tired Ducks team, there's no excuse to lose this game.
Hockey is a team sport. Pin-pointing an individual for a team result isn't sharing out the credit evenly, same applies with a team getting a victory.
Elliott hasn't been playing great of late, sure, but neither has the entire team.
Prior to tonight, they've scored 2 goals in the past 2 games. That isn't enough to win usually.
Yes, hockey is a team sport, and I probably shouldn't blame ALL of it on Elliot, but each player has a different magnitude of responsibility. The goaltending position is arguably the most important position in the game, and it's managed by 1 person. No matter how well we have played, we won't win games with our goaltender giving up 3 goals in 3 shots. You can't blame Oshie as much as you can blame Elliot.