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"We're waiting Bartl!" you promised boxing after the canadien game. A very good wrtap though- there's a lot more right with this team than wrong with it at the moment. one thought thouhg, I wouldn't dismiss the Bluejackets so easily. It's always a battle playing teams in your division and they have been playing welll as of late. (i.e. not getting blown out.)
RE 1.) Scott also had a nice poke check to bust up a breakaway, as I recall, no? RE 4.) I think it's clear that Stalberg is referring to the poor play of his own team, multiple penalties, etc. I seem to recall reading elsewhere this morning that he said you can't play like that for 40 minutes with a team like the Penguins. I don't think he's detracting from them at all. As always, I look forward to reading the blog every day. Just wanted to jump in with a comment or two today. Keep up the good work!
Scott didn't play like dog shit last night, as is the usual. And I do feel you're right about Stalberg's comment, but I simply don't like that being said by anyone ever. If the talent was so one-sided (ex. Columbus vs. Chicago), then I would agree the 'Hawks gave up two points. With equal or close-to-equal talent, just simply say you lost the game. Intentional or not, I just feel like that type of comment is a knock on the other team that's all. Thanks for the comment!
I've been as big of a Scott critic as anyone but I have to admit his game has improved. That poke check was very surprising, shocking even.
Nice Read, I did however consider this a measuring stick game. How could it not? The Penguins called it a Measuring stick game as well. But I really feel this was the best effort loss in the last few years.
Thanks for the comment. I do understand why some called it a "measuring-stick game." And if this game was in February or March and each team were in their respective positions, I would agree. I just feel like there's too much unknown for teams to start figuring themselves out based on a single game. If the 'Hawks go onto lose 12 straight and finish in 7th in the West, are the Pens going to look back on this victory and talk about how this helped define how good they are? In turn, would the 'Hawks do that if the situations were reversed. February and March, if a team is at the top of the conference, it is more likely to be in that position at season's end. And if that ends up being the case, going back and looking at a victory over that team is much more plausible than a single win in mid-December. That's all I mean. But again, I do understand where you and others are coming from.
Thanks for always being open to comments. I don't have to work up my courage to comment here out of fear of getting blasted, misspeaking, etc. ;-)