I thought Eaves played his best game in a LONG time. He was aggressive in front of the net and thus got rewarded with the deflection goal.
Brunner played well defensively, oddly enough. He did well.
Monster was big, solid, and calm. Great game by him. He needs to play more when healthy. Gives Howie a chance to rest from time to time.
I might be the minority, but I thought Smith played better. He seems to second guess himself at times and is obviously hurting his game. He's skated much better I thought, though.
Voted Gus, Kronner, Ericsson. Great game by the monster and I think our Swedish defencemen complement each other really nicely.
Agreed on Smith, I think he's slowly getting more comfortable out there. Good active stick tonight and he was getting involved in the attack more, which is a real positive.
Brunner looked good too, kept his feet moving, made a nice backcheck and had a couple of chances. And of course got us the two points. Tatar is still hustling out there too, that 3rd line with Andersson and Eaves is solid.
Lashoff seems much better as a 5-6 guy as well
Negatives: One or both of Abby or Cleary needs to get off the second line. Neither brings anything remotely resembling offence, and both made glaring defensive errors last night. I'm pretty sure Dats doesn't trust them either, he's trying to do it all himself right now. I'm fine with Cleary as a PP specialist playing limited minutes but he simply isn't a top six forward. (Yeah, I know I'm preaching to the choir here).
Gustavsson looked solid in goal
Eaves had his best game since he has come back. besides the goal he looked good
Defense is getting better
Still don't get the line pairings for Pav
Franzen is barely visible out there
Love Tootoo's energy and Tatar's energy
Brunner looks like a legit goal scorer
I come in peace. Congrats on getting the 2nd point.
But, I do have to ask, you guys aren't normally as bad as you were tonight, are you? Or did the Sharks bad play just bring out the worst in you guys?
Those first 2 periods were awful on both sides.
These past 2 games we've seen more solid play from our d, save a few errors, but we've been burying the puck and just couldn't finish these past 2. The first I thought we controlled the tempo, it's just a matter of consistency with this team. The Thornton, Havlat, Couture line was giving us fits, definitely an elite line there. I thought Gus was a huge part of this win. He made some amazing saves(Thornton w/o his stick), plays the puck so our d don't get buried, and puts rebounds to the corners. We weren't getting on the 2nd chances like we have been, but I'm sure back to backs on the west coast/a little jet lag didn't help, along with missing 2 top 6 wingers and our 3rd line center...