Re: Scott vs. Thornton
posted at 2/3/2013 7:49 PM EST
In response to shuperman's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
There was no need to respond. Thornton exists to fight the team's battles with hired goons. If he loses, that doesn't mean the rest of the team should now fight those battles. And Scott did nothing wrong. He didn't cheap shot Thornton, he didn't keep hammering him after he went down, he didn't go after Krejci or Hamilton - he did what goons do. He fought our goon and pounded him. Carkner nearly ended Colton's career the same way. Thornton outpointed Carkner earlier this season. So it goes.
I also don't think the team looked scared after that. They didn't get to 3-1 playing scared, and it wasn't fear that made them repeatedly blow coverages and make terrible pinches. Right? They weren't shy any more than they were mailing in the effort. What this comes down to is Scott did what he was supposed to do for the Sabres - showed that if there's another Lucic-Miller incident, Scott will be the guy to tap on Lucic's shoulder. So they can all pull up their cullottes and be the weaselly little greasebags Lindy wants them to be.
I disagree. When pushed you push back. There was zero push back from the fighting or the hitting element. It was a team that couldn't get going after that. If ST only means that to the bruins then he should be replaced. He's a leader in the locker room. He fights their battles sure. But he also takes the young guys and shows them how to be a professional. Im no ST fan but have watched and played enough to know this. How would you feel being ST and the team provides no push back, embarrassed at home.
Again, when we were bullying other teams without a physical element like Montreal and Buffalo it was all bliss. I gave Montreal and gaustad more credit then our team in those instances.
There was 57 minutes left in that game. If you don't wanna fight then make a big hit. Check out our hit stats. Wait until Kaleta gets back in the lineup. It's similar to Marchand. it makes you a foot taller when you physically can dominate another team. Well I didn't see the Lucic horton Marchand Campbell chara doing much after that fight. after ruff and his punkish move I would hope the next game in buffalo starts with mcQ chara Horton Lucic and lane. I don't care about losing any of those players for 5 Minutes. game 8 and we are concerned about a 5 minute trade off. They have other guys. Ott was quiet as a mouse. Wait until he, Kaleta Scott get rocking in buffalo. we will see how big and bad we are. Hopefully they can pull the tail out between their legs bc the zero response is what we laughed at Montreal and buffalo. Not so much now.
spot on...it was about imposing your will or let the other team decide how it was gonna go down. I couldn't stand listening to Edwards and Brickley spewing off about defensive scheme being the reason - total cop out propaganda nonsense. I'm betting that the theme before the big build up to this game was, stay out of the box, don't fall into the goon tactics, play with discipline. Reverse psychology at work, and a giant xanax for everybody. This team doesn't work that way, never did. Fighting ? Not necessary - lighting up Sabres all over the ice at every opportunity would have worked just fine. They got what they deserved, and that can be a good thing. The bear got a little more than poked- time to drop the hammer in Buffalo.