I'm so ****ing sick of this pathetic team. We can't close out a game to save our lives. Ralph clearly has something to do with it.. the team is just terrible with the lead it's embarrassing. Any team in this league should be confident they can come back against us.
I'd love to know what Hemsky contributed tonight other than a few t-drags and well, the slowest and most delayed one he saved for the shoot out. Oil need a big two-way defender in the back end that can skate. Not Whitney. Schultz is literally swimming uphill at this stage. He looks like he needs some Gardiner treatment.
The real guys to fault here is Mark Fistric, Nick Schultz, and Ryan Smyth.
Both are terrible at executing anytime of systematic play. Fistric playing on his off-side (RD) is an embarrassment to the sport. Nick Schultz is Steve Staios - I can't believe we keep a veteran Canadian around this long but give up on a better Russian in Grebeshkov - literally probably for nationality reasons.
Ryan Smyth is just too inconsistent. His effort is sweet, sometimes his veteran savvy shines through - but he can't close on defense, can't make effective plays when it matters. Pisses me off.
On the bright side, the double shifting of MPS was a brilliant move on Kruger's part - who better to put out there then arguably your best defensive player. Guy was a menace all game long - neutralizing Marleau at ES, breaking up the Sharks fast-breaks up the ice, and getting his sticks into lanes. Other than Gagner our best forward tonight, along with Hall.
Dubnyk sucks. Krueger is a joke. That's pretty much it.
yeah this game is all on dubnyk, no question about it... he looked terrible pretty much all night and couldn't control rebounds to save his life... the 1st and 3rd goals were all on him, and then he looked absolutely TERRIBLE in the shootout as well
all in all though, i was fairly pleased with how we played... we were down some players, and scrambling to ice balanced lines, and still almost won against a team that usually causes us fits with their size and cycle game... still got a point out of the game as well
Somehow that was Krugers fault? Was he supposed to stop those pucks himself? Hard to win a shootout when your goalie lets in 2 out of 3.
Are you kidding? Everyone watching the third when we are up 2 is yelling at their TV's because Kreuger has the wrong guys on the ice (apparently you were not one of them) and is going to cause us to lose. It happens.
Was there ever really any doubt they would gas it in the third? This team is not built to defend leads no matter how large they are. Maybe they should make a new game plan to be trailing in the third because they seem to win those games more often