Nash is a ****ing beast. I _hated_ how he would drive to the net against us and when he was on team Canada. He just powers through defenders like they're traffic cones. Glad to see him doing it for us now.
Kreider looked bad. So did Hagelin but that's nothing new.
Pyatt has been a pleasant surpise. Don't see him keeping up his play but he's certainly carrying his weight. Voted him 3rd star.
Stepan got another point tonight, and people are still yelling at him as expected.
Fact of that matter is Stepan might end up being a player that isn't a gamebreaker but quietly produces a solid share. I'm ok with that for a 2C.
stepans progressing nicely as our new hf whipping boy
but i agree, ive never looked at him as any kind of gamebreaker, thats not his game hes always been a sturdy center who will, like you said quietly have a solid game. i think some people have lofty expectations of him.
I voted Nash just because he was taking over the game at times but just not scoring. That still built or kept momentum. But obviously Gaborik is more than deserving.
On a side note...I really thought Kreider looked better other than his penalty. His defense was still streaky, however, there were times in his own end where he was reading plays well when the puck was away from him....there was one play in the 1st (I think it was the 1st) where he saw a man open in the slot and he moved away from his point man to pick him up. He is getting there. I thought he had more jump in his step. I like the USA line. However, I think with Pyatt's success tonight, I think it ends up being Hagelin-Boyle-Kreider.
Still a long way for this team to go, even though we beat a top team in the conference.
Lundvist is just not sharp now and I'm getting worried as to when he's gonna get it together.
And the rest of the team besides Pyatt has been a letdown. Stepan, Kreider, and Hagelin in particular are three guys who were supposed to continue to improve and they just are kinda invisible right now. I know Stepan has three assists but he goes long stretches doing nothing.
The team in general is also still making too many mistakes, like on bad line changes. And what the heck is up with the power play?
Some of those things need to be fixed before this team will be a real contender.