Re: Good Game prolate0spheroid
posted at 5/14/2013 10:21 PM EDT
In response to jri37's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
I don't think I've ever seen a game turn so quickly in any sport in my entire life. The Leafs were literally scating circles around the Bruins for 50 out of the 60 minutes of regulation...then BOOM! I've never seen a pulled goalie situation work like that. In overtime the Leafs played scared - I watched five of their players glide during that last shift (they weren't moving their feet at all). They were in a funk, they couldn't get out of it...I almost feel bad for them....hockey is their game in that city.
The Bruins had a lot of success the night before too when they went six on five. I know I was worried as soon as the Bruins pulled Rask. There was still a lot of time left and I thought the Bruins were fully capable of getting two (or more quick goals) with six guys in the attacking zone. I'd be interested in hearing someone who knows hockey better than I do explain why the Leafs looked pretty good five on four on their penalty kills but so bad six on five. Sask? Rusty? Jri37?
Pro, B's fans are asking the same question today. Why were they so effective in 6-5 advantage yet so anemic in the 5-4. My opinion and it is only an opinion I think the Leafs at the end of the game didn't attack the puck when it went to the boards like they they did on the normal PP. It seemed they were intent to let the B's have the passing lanes in the 6-5 where in the 5-4 they attacked the puck. Again it was only my observation.
Haha yeah I'm not sure if you can actually chalk anything up to a breakdown in strategy or just the simple fact that the Leafs looked plain lost/overwhelmed in the last 3 minutes of the game. And I think Rusty pointed out that in overtime they just looked like they were almost shell shocked from giving up a 3 goal lead with 9 minutes left in game 7.
As for goalies, I feel like guys like Rask, Price, Fleury etc. play their angles extremely well, but the slightest bit of hesitation or lack on concentration on playing those angles can make them look lost. I think Price and Fleury are two of the most athletically gifted goalies in the league, but when they get cold, they get really cold.
Personally I thing King Henrik in NYR plays a great balance of playing "big" as well as being athletic enough to play his angles and come up with atheltic saves. Thats my personal opinion anyway.