Agreed Totally, he was great, Sorry for those that says that he sucks cuz he let 5 goals but he was the one that kept us in the game. And we could see that he was mad at himself after the game... He didn't even come for the star.
The team DID show up... But Carolina was just too strong...
SOME showed up. I love HIggins. Was solid tonight again.
On the other hand, Richard Zednik is a nuisance. As a minor hockey league coach, I call this guy a "peureux". TWICE, he didn't want to play the boards in his own zone when the puck was thrown towards him. Twice. It's a basic play that even atom BB players need to do. That means the guy doesn't want to be hit, simple as that. It turned into some giveaways. Because the guy is sloppy. He did not skate in the offensive zone. He refuses systematically to cut in front of the net when carrying the puck, preferring to glide on the perimeters.
People blame the D, but you should look at the wingers first. They were the ones missing the assignments, specially on the boards.
Carolina is a fast transition team. You cough up the puck in the neutral zone and you die. That's how they've been winning. Speed in the neutral zone. The only way to play them is to keep them IN their zone. And to do so, you dump and chase, forecheck with 2 guys very hard. Just like the Bonk-Murray-Bégin line did in the 1st.
It's the only way to play a fast transition team. Keep their D with their faces in the boards. That's exactly what Montreal did in the 1st and parts of the second.
But nooooooo. Then, Montreal forwards wanted to be fancy. And dropped gzillions of pucks in the neutral and defensive zones. As a result, bad coverage ensued and guys got called for defensive penalties. .
I can't wait to see Aebi AFTER he's been with Melanson for a few months. Positioning has never been his strong suit, but we all know Melanson will help him with that. I believe he'll be a great goalie for us for years to come.