Psychologically, his shaky play and near-goals changed how we played. The goals scored weren't his fault, but geez, his presence negatively affected our play big time.
I didn't see a single shaky play in the 3rd period. His first 10 minutes were pretty shaky but he hadn't played in like 4 games and he came in cold. It happens. But he made several great glove saves and shut the door for a while. There's only so much you can expect from your goalie.
Same faults like in Boston. Unteachable team. Callup Crunch with Cooper.
Eight losses by one goal...
Witchcraft my friend.
I agree and this is the biggest thing that is bothering me. We have an inability to win close games, or at least take them to OT. Getting a few points in some of these close games would completely change the outlook on the standings. That potential was squandered unfortunately.
If you can find a way to send him on a conditioning assignment like we did with Labrie and Mikkelson, than it's a pretty good idea to try to build his confidence up a little and let him get some more practice time. It worked for Mike Smith in 2011. But that's pretty hard right now with Garon out for who knows how long.
I have to agree, I cant be happy enough to see Hedman come into his own. He is only going to improve. May actually have a future Norris Trophy winner on our hands. One thing to be very happy about. Palat looked strong on the puck too and good defensively. He had one play he saved lee's ass, and that hustle and playmaking to set up the pyatt nose goal shows his skill and vision.
Is it just me or is it whenever Stamkos starts to carry the puck for more than 2 seconds I feel as if the play will just die with whatever he does next.
He does the patented carry down the wing with speed, go around the net, throw it in the middle randomly and boom, turnover.
Not saying he's a bad player or anything, and I can understand him wanting to do everything, but stick to your strengths.
I find Stamkos is trying to do way too much. I don't know how many times I see him take the puck before the red line and trys to carry it into the zone while Conacher and Purcell have stopped to wait for him on the blue line. Maybe it's time to put him back with MSL full time and move Conacher with Vinny again. Let MSL control the play and Stamkos goes back to shooting.
He is trying to do too much. Not many are keeping it simple. Except Labrie last night. He only had like 7min of TOI and he had 5 hits and 3 shots. Killorn keeps it simple as well. If he can't make a play, he dumps it and chases, no play to make? Fire it at the net etc. Much to be said for keeping it simple.