Easy to blame Lawson here, but the coach has to take the brunt of it tonight. When it was 5-2, he should have told them to quite getting into fights and scrums and just worry about getting the next goal. There was a seriously concerning lack of leadership there tonight.
On the subject of Lawson though, its hard to imagine a worse puck handling goaltender in the professional ranks. Bingo couldn't break out of the zone once he got in and they got trapped chasing his wild rebounds all over the place. Really an incredible showing from him and in a very bad way.
Stone had a really good game. His skating looked pretty good tonight. He got around the ice with relative ease and was great defensively.
Lehner should have denied the fight. Would have looked much better.
But this isnt an isolated incident. This is a team being down 5-0 against a very good goalie and deciding "hey, we KNOW how easy it is to get this guy to snap....lets go make it happen". And it did.
I love goalie fights, just like anyone else. I have no issue with Lehner standing up for himself. My issue is this is becoming his MO. Tonight a team used it against him and had a pretty freaking legendary comeback as a result.
Im having trouble following the posts so far because of alcohol, but I have to say one thing - Stone impressed me with his defensive game tonight. He didnt even play the pk in Brandon, yet hes showing me a new facet he has developed...defense. If he brings a solid defensive game with his smarts and hands, hes a lock to make the NHL in some capacity.