Aside from Lawson playing like ****, I think the loss of Cowen and Dziurzynski had a big impact on the outcome of this game. Cowen is the number one d man and is very sound defensively, having pulled a muscle last game, he sat out this whole game. Dziurzynski who is one of the better defensive forwards and top pker on the team, didn't seem to touch the ice after his fight. I'm assuming that he injured something and that is why he didn't go back on the ice. Hopefully it is something minor and that he can get back to playing soon.
If Cowen and DD were playing, I think that they would have been able to calm the sens down in their own zone and could have helped maintain the lead.
Aside from that I thought Stone had a very good game. He is starting to find his stride in this league and is showing that he has some real potential as a pro. I also thought that Zibanejad had a good game; he has looked great so far this season.
I don't know why Cowick is still playing. So far he hasn't really fulfilled his role on this team. Unless I am mistaken, I was under the impression that his role was to be a spark plug for this team. The kind of player who helps change the momentum for his team through big hits, fights and overall physical play. So far I haven't noticed him make any big hits, agitate anyone or start a fight when the team needs a momentum shift. I guess I expected him to step up and provide a momentum shift when Syracuse started scoring a few goals. I for one, would like to see Hamilton or Kramer take his spot in the lineup and see if they can fill that role better.
I think that was another thing that hurt about not having DD on the ice in the second half of the game. He has done a good job so far of being a sparkplug for the team and providing momentum shifts with his fights and hits. He did beat the dog **** out of that guy he fought though.
Hahaha! :-) I have to admit I love Lehner, he isn't only an extremely good goalie, this guy also has tons of heart for the team he plays for and and tons of passion for the game.
Not to forget, he is huge, strong and mean. ;-)
Beating down an angry Finn??? I hope the King of Sweden will honour him with a medal or something, priceless.
I would like to see a Swedish national team with Lehner backed up by defensemen Douglas Murray, Hedman, Kronwall, Edler, Ohlund, Jonathan Ericsson and Grossman, just for the pure fun of it and running over Finns.
wow. he laid a good ol' fashioned a$$-paddling on helenius.
that will be more than a game suspension, methinks. he might have made contact with an official on his first punch-up in the crease, and then he went after another guy. and the optics of trying to pump up the crowd after won't help him either.
i think he's definitely become a big-time prospect, but like i've said, he has got to get that under control.
I dont get the hate on Lehner. The team was up 5-0. Why wouldnt he fight someone. How would he expect that another PROFESSIONAL goaltender on the team with NHL experience would blow that kind of lead.
No harm no foul.
cmon. let's not get silly here. no one is "hating" on lehner. i love the guy. have since i saw him live in his very first rookie camp workout in ottawa. he's always been huge, square, and technically sound. i think he's going to be a legit. no.1 NHL goalie and possibly a star NHL goalie.
that doesnt mean he shouldnt learn to calm down a bit and not allow himself to be goaded into stuff like this like he has 3 times now.
It is laughable that people think "goading the crowd" will be considered in a suspension hearing.
Chris Neil has done this dozens of times, I've never seen him get in trouble for it. It would be different if it was a road game, and he gave the crowd the finger or something.
It was a safe time to get ejected with the game well in hand. 5-0 half way through the game should be insurmountable. It sure isn't Lehner's fault that Lawson is a terrible seive. 5 goals in half a game to tie it? And 3 of them were extremely weak. The blame goes to the guy with the over 10.00 GAA, not the guy who snapped when some idiot landed on him. The lead should have been safe. Where was Bishop? Not in shape yet perhaps?
That being said, Lennie should tone this down for the NHL. Of course the NHL has better referees that won't let some career minor league stiff land on a top prospect goalie without a penalty. And NHL refs wouldn't lose control of the game like that.
I can't believe Lawson refused an ECHL assignment. He belongs in the CoHL.
Lehner looks ready. If he gets a call up this year, and is a brick wall, and Bishop is playing well, we might see Anderson traded to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline. Mark it down...