Nice summary as usual. Same old questions regarding Scott which no one can seems able to get answered by Q. Didn't they teach us in peewees to play until you hear the whistle? I'm so sick of reading debates about the merits of having 32 skating for the Hawks. What little he brings is grossly outweighed by his shortcomings. (irony intended) As far as any concern over Kaner's pretty SO goal, I'm was no less legal than Martin St.Louis' goal against the Hawks last Spring...
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Love the boxings, very original and very cool. One small criticism, "shitting the bed" I'm not sure how it became so mainstream but I'll be happy when it goes away. "Shit the bed" = to Scott; as in "he sure Scotted the hell out of that one" Toews has really elevated his game to another level. You could see early on he looked a little bit faster and was playing in a zone few can. Add in his crazy determination level and well the results are speaking volumes. Since he's asked to do so much for the team in big situations that makes it all the more praise worthy. He's turning into our Messier; single minded, crazy eyed killer, just a pure assassin. He has his attitude "fuck it, if you won't do it I'll do it, show you how and you can all make fun of my happy face". It's going to be very hard to keep his jersey out of the rafters. Here's what is separating Emery from Crow IMO, rebound control and the ability to absorb shots. There was a shot in the 3rd period where the Wild had a guy ass parked right in Emery's face with no Dman to clear him. Emery squared up on him, took the shot perfectly and gave no rebound. Text book, nothing like Crow has been this season with pucks bouncing in all directions when they hit him. I don't know if they coach him to knock pucks all over the place to keep the pace up, but I'm hoping when he plays again he has that worked out. I think part of it is he is so willing to give up his crease to be aggressive on the shooter and in doing so he's attacking the puck, which makes rebounds very hard to control. Then he finds himself out of position and scrambling to get back into place. Think Luongo and how he pops pucks all over the place while he is 5 feet out in front of his net. Just my 2 cents.
Just read over what I said about Scott. Did I write it somewhere else, because I don't see "shitting the bed" anywhere? I said Emery will play until he "shits the crease." I thought that was kind of creative :-) Toews is locked in. Good assessment and comparison to Messier.
Also a big fan of Cheer The Anthem. First time posting. Just had to agree with Rich (it is Rich, isn't it?) about Scott. As painful as it is at times to watch him, I thought he played a decent game last night and was better than Montador. All the grumbling and groaning on the blogs (looking at you, SCH) about him is unfounded in my opinion regarding last night's game. On the non-icing call, my initial reaction was "Damn it, John...!" followed by "Ooooh, they're going to kill you on the blogs tomorrow..." But after viewing the replays, he was apparently trying to make sure the Wild player didn't get a lucky stick on the puck to prevent the anticipated icing call. Then, following the contact (and still believing it to be an icing call), he took exception and went to give the guy a shove. Both he and Montador should have been playing to the whistle, and, of course, Emery should have given them a heads up about the non-call, but I think his participation in this play is being unfairly criticized.
I'm sorry, Lisa and Rich, I just don't see the logic in Scott ending up where he did. I agree, Scott has been an easy target and maybe myself and lots of other people get on him way too much. This play, I just don't know why he'd be chasing Montador for a puck he got to much, much easier. No reason to play the Wild player, because it would've ended up being interference since Scott had no chance of getting to the puck. If he coasted in, he would have been able to at least disrupt the front of the net. I understand thinking there's going to be icing, but if that's the case, he needs to recognize that Montador was going to get to that puck. And if he thought the Wild guy had a chance to save icing, then why would he take both defensemen and put them in to the trapezoid area? Doesn't make sense to me.
"why would he take both defensemen and put them in to the trapezoid area" Good point, Jeff. It was a screwy play, the culpability for which can be spread around pretty widely (the linesman included, of course.) I did think Scott did some OK things on the ice last night, and let me just say that I would take him over OD any day if he played as he did last night on a regular basis. I think O'Donnell is officially one of my greatest annoyances on this team. I haven't liked his play from the start. I'm no expert, trust me, but that's my opinion based on the highly accurate "eye test." I know many people on the blogs have praised his positioning and called him solid, but I just don't see it.
I'm going back and forth with a buddy about Kane's shootout goal. At first I shrugged his protest off to his Detroit bias, but after reading over the rule: "The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete. No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal), and any time the puck crosses the goal line or comes to a complete stop, the shot shall be considered complete." ...and after seeing the video it does look to me like he at very nearly stopped the puck moving forward on his way in. I trust your judgement based on what I read from you guys generally. I wonder if you noticed anything that could have nixed his goal?
jeff, great boxing as usual. Normally I agree with everything you say, but i strongly dis agree with your assessment of Scott. Not saying he's our 6th best option , but i actually thought he lookde good out there. I know, I'm the one %. Clearly, Scott was going after the forechecker for hitting Montador after what should have been the whistle. He should have hit the linesman who washed off the icing.