Frustrating to watch the Canucks go on PP after PP from the second period on. It killed all of our flow.
Kariya, Sullivan, and Hartnell were unnoticeable until the final 10 minutes of the game. Kariya is getting zero shots lately....We had the perfect setup on the PP but our guys wouldn't take a shot. Auld is a weak goalie. Weak 5-hole and weak top-shelf.......we couldn't get it done. Erat could have scored easily early on but for some reason shot it into the crotch of Auld.
Fun game but frustrating nonetheless. One thing that killed us - the officials weren't calling interference in front of the net tonight....all of our guys were getting hammered in front of Auld, but we let Bertuzzi, Ruutu and anyone else who wanted to setup and stay in front of Mason anytime they wanted to. That hurt us bad...We have to adjust in those situations.
2 road games, 2 weak goalie performances. We need goaltending on this trip...
I don't like to make excuses for a loss, but you know that when Pete and Terry complain about 3 calls being BS, they are BS. Toots diving call was apparently not at all a diving calls. You can't blame Toots for those penalties.
Yeah the officials were making loads of bs calls in the second....especially the Markov holding call....but thats the way it goes in Vancouver. Every time we go there, this happens. Its the atmosphere.
Tootoo's dive - He was getting mauled in the corner. Holding, tripping, or slashing could have been called but they weren't. As they were exiting the zone, Tootoo and I think Bertuzzi bump and Tootoo falls down. Of course the officials call a penalty. Just like they called a penalty for giving a nudge to a Canuck while exiting the bench. There were a lot of weak calls, but we should have won this game regardless.
disappointing...the first word that came to mind last night and again this morning...not disappointing because we didn't play hard - we did... not because we didn't play well - we did... not because of the result -we all should know how hard it is to come into vancouver and win... but rather disappointing to come so close... that going up 2-0 early and having a couple of chances to make it 3-0 and bury them make it disappointing... then coming so close late to tieing it up and getting at least a point, oh so close about 5 times in those scrums in front of the net... that's what is disappointing..
a few observations from a disappointed fan;
... we really have to have someone on kariya's line to help generate the guy some opportunites. fiddler has grit, determination, and desire. but he is no guy to be paired with kariya on the first line, because he isn't enough of a playmaker to get our major offensive threat the puck in a position to score. 1 assist in 20 games shows that better than i can describe it. these last three games, no one could tell any difference between our 3rd or 4th line and our supposed top line even strength.
... mason didn't play poorly, he gave us a chance, which is pretty much all you can ask from your backup against a top tier offensive team like vancouver on the road.. the ohlund point shot as the tootoo penalty expired is the only one mason absolutely should have stopped that got by him. that shot, though hard, was unscreened and caught mason down in the butterfly when he shouldn't have been
... i don't care what the numbers say, right now our second pp unit is chaotic. we cann't get set up. we cann't carry the puck in the zone. we cann't work the puck around. we give up about as many good shorthanded chances as we're getting on the pp end. we cann't handle the puck on the halfboards. despite this we normally find a way to pick up a garbage goal every game, but our pp could be dominant instead of simply good.
... we could not handle their forechecking last night, those last two periods they were hammering us in deep and causing us to simply chip the puck out or risk turning it over. with the puckhandling,skating defensivemen we have this shouldn't happen.
... vancouver gave us absolutely no room to skate last night. pinned us in our own end and in effect eliminated our speed up front by doing so. might be the first game all year where we didn't have a single odd man rush that i can remember.
... vancouver's powerplay. every single time they had a powerplay they generated great chances, controlled the puck, and stayed in our zone. officially of course they only had one pp goal, but really the last three goals were pp goals in my mind. you had the feeling eevery time they were on the pp they were getting ready to score all night, at least i did.
... penalties of course cost us this game. not going to argue about whether they were good calls or bad, because there's no point in it. what hurt us worse than anything were the 4 penalties there in the second period, absolutely took us out of any offensive flow and totally handed them momentum, which they took advantage of.
... when you live with a high energy line(tootoo,hordichuk,smithson), well some nights you will die with a high energy line (4 penalties in about 8 minutes of even strength ice time). last night we did the latter.
... their big three players, naslund-bertuzzi-jovanovski with 7 points last night. kariya-sullivan with none for us. this is where we really lost this game. kariya with two shots, none even strength. sullivan the only forward we had with zero shots all night. if this happens, we will get beat more times than not. their stars beat our stars.
... hartnell and hall was crashing and banging in front of the net all night, just couldn't ever quite get control of one of those rebounds to knock back in. 9 shots between the two of them. and that's not counting the one where hartnell hit the post after having auld beaten badly. bad luck from a great effort by these two.
... captain greg. not sure he has anything much left in the tank offensively to be honest. johnson has never had much offensive skill, however he could use his speed advantage to generate odd man rush type scoring chances and still pick up points. he's much slower now and those opportunites don't come near as often. he still gives you everything he has every shift, just not sure how much that still is.
... bertuzzi is much like a tank on an infantry battlefield. his presence skews reality, not another player physically like bertuzzi is on the offensive end in this league to be honest. amazingly he didn't get a shot on net last night, credit has to go to eaton and markov for that. of course he still made plays and got two assists.
cann't look back on this one now anymore, having to go into edmonton tomorrow, which will be just a tough a game as this was. we need to refocus, we need to get our pp under better control, and we need to get sullivan and kariya more involved if we want to win this one.
Excellent review, P303, agree with every point.
Before this game, I was skeptical how good the Preds really are.
This is one hell of a team. When did Hamhuis become a young Rob Blake? I really liked his game and I also liked Hall, Fiddler and many others, too.
Game really could have gone either way...Preds 2nd game in 2 nights and ran into a Canuck team that was rested and very desperate to win a game (five straight one-goal losses at home).
Terrific hockey...looking forward to watching more Preds hockey, including in the playoffs.
I thought Tootoo's roughing penalty was complete BS. Jeez let them rough it up a little. I hit people harder then that joking around. If they're going to give Tootoo a penalty for the tap. They should of given Ruutu a penalty just for showing up