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.
The unnecessary penalty by Whitney took all the momentum away.
That most certainly was the Turning Point tonight. TSN should at least give him a nod for that. The PP was missing Nuge sorely tonight. Shocked they haven't adjusted the system to assist Yakupovs wicked shot. The guy is being used as a playmaker right now. Anyway Nuge can slip onto the other side to set for him.
Hallmark of a young team is they will have trouble holding leads. This is simple fact. You people foaming at the mouth need to relax a bit. I don't like it neither do you but it's going to happen until it finally clicks for them.
How does a professional hockey team that is halfway decent blow so many 3rd periods, it really is unbelievable. Krueger again with his ***** sit on the lead hockey and why not? Lets ****ing play Smyth basically half the period and lets staple Yakupov to the bench after an epic shift. It's almost like he's intentionally trying to tank.
Dubnyk also wears the goat horns in this one. Absolutely deflating goals to give up at the worst possible time, he does this way too often and his good numbers masks that deficiency.
Hall had one of his poorer games in a while. He just didn't seem into until the OT for some reason, i expected more from him in a big game.
Does Hemsky even care anymore? WTF was that in the shootout? Brutal.
Just an ugly loss, i couldn't care less about the "loser" point. It's inexcusable that they can't ever hang onto a 3rd period lead. **** you Krueger.
He makes more bad plays on a regular basis than Grebeshkov does - and it's not like he's providing us with consistent offense either.
The pass on the Horcoff goal was nice - on a completely aberrent play.
His defensive zone plays with the puck are completely foolish. Stupid dumps up the boards where opposition is lurking, pointless pinches at the blue line as the other team is breaking out - he's playing like Steve Staios.
The worst part is Staios actually knew his limitations.
man that stupid interference penalty by whitney that led to the second SJS goal really pissed me off. What a stupid play. Just when this guy was elevating his play, he starts doing bone-headed things like that again...
True, but why wasn't a penalty called when Petry was plastered and couldn't get up???
Someone should send Ralph a video link of Yaks GWGs... As far as I am concerned once your in overtime, go for broke! Don't worry about losing.