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looks like burrows was just bracing himself. borderline hit. dont think it was intentional
Regarding Bieksa misconduct: apparently Bieksa was chirping him afterwards? call it classless, but we dont know the context. it comes to surface once something like this pops up (which is indeed terrible) but for all you know, Gaustad was doing terribad things all game to Bieksa
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no official word yet but wow i'm surprised.
did they announce Gaustad as the very first nominee for next year's Oscar's yet?
Just thinking about last night's reffing is still pissing me off...how you can fuck up a game and miss so many calls is beyond idiot.
if Buttfuglyien doesn't get the rest of the season for attempted homicide...i don't know why there would a fucking player's safety department, they might as well fire Quintal and hire any idiot who doesn't know shit about hockey, they'd probably do a better job.
edit: that better not be some april fools jokes...watch NHL release a vid later sayin, "with regards to Burrows...yeah. That was April fools. The NHL Player Safety Department has decided to suspend Alexandre Burrows for the rest of 2015 because of his affiliation to the Vancouver Canucks. Erm, I mean, that vicious, careless and blindside hit to, what was his name again? Right, Gaustad."
Eddie reminds me of Cloutier for some reason. He's doesn't dazzle and isn't exactly great but he gets the job done for the most part. I don't think he'll ever be an elite goalie but he'll get the job done. What bothers me the most about Eddie's game is that there are times when he over commits and is too aggressive and leaves one side way open. Sure he's made some clutch saves but he's also let in his fair share of questionable goals at crucial times.
I was gonna reply to this a couple days back but got side tracked. lol
Anyhow, you're definitely not giving Lack his due credit. I don't know how you recall the WCE era but the way I recall it, it was a time when 3 - 4 goals were not considered as safe leads.
That's fucking Cloutier for you.
Lack IMO is actually the other way around. He'll play average... and when it comes down to crunch time, just finds that edge and manages to get the job done. Kinda reminds me of Jonathan Quick prior to his 2 Stanley Cups. People don't really pay attention to him as anything special of a goaltender, until it comes down to crunch time and the guy just steps up.
Not saying Lack = Quick, but IMO you've totally got Lack/Cloutier comparison all wrong.
Originally Posted by Liquid_o2
Cloutier barely could break a .900 save %. I think we should give Eddie a little more credit.
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good description of Lack
Yea with Cloutier you could never count on him when it counted. Distinctly remember like you are saying 3-4 goal leads, or an absolute dominate game by WCE, huge offensive output, then the game ends with the team holding onto a win by the tips of their fingers.
I believe i said it before but realistically, every goalie is VERY good the tough part is finding consistency. Even when Lack was backing up Lu sure Lu is excellent, at one time he was among the best, but overall Lack's talent and ability are like 80% to Lu's 100. Stories like Hammond etc. are just one off's, the guy hasn't been great at other levels and will be a flash in the pan when it dawns on him physically and mentally that this is the NHL.
100% agree that every goalie nowadays is very good, which is why IMO you don't need to break the bank to get a goalie generally regarded as elite. The gap between a regular and elite goalie is quite small, given how teams can be structured and coached nowadays. The goalies are all huge, athletic, and receive amazing coaching. Even an elite goalie is succeptible to bad goals or bad games here and there. A 'good enough' goalie gets you 90% of an elite goalie, better to spend the cap savings on an improved skater at any position.
We like to rag on Cloutier, but he really wasn't THAT bad relative to other goalies who we had in that era. And he is also our goalie consultant...
Leafs tanking hard making sure they lose to the Sabres -_-
Embarrassing for the league.
Perhaps more than any point in NHL history, tanking has become an art form, with too many teams embracing it. Various examples from Wednesday:
1. Countless players dumping the puck in at the blueline well before having to take a hit (though there wasn’t much eagerness from either opponent to dish out a big check anyway).
2. Giveaways. Our favourite on Wednesday came late in the second period when Phil Kessel blindly gave the puck away at the Sabres blueline then quickly peeled off to the Leafs bench for a line change. Kessel wasn’t alone either, with plenty of company from both teams.
3. Finished checks. Remember those? Watch a Western Conference game or fast forward a couple of weeks when the post season begins to see what it looks like.
4. Bury the puck. The Leafs James van Riemsdyk missed a wide open net in the first. The Sabres’ Marcus Foligno opted not to shoot at a similarly gaping opportunity in the second. Buffalo’s Mikhail Grigorenko had a clear chance in front of Jonathan Bernier and falls down. We could go on and on ...
5. General indifference. Scan the benches during these games and look at the blank stares on the players faces. Trust us, they too are counting down the remaining periods of the season.
6. Defensive focus. For the Leafs, it’s been lacking all season, with brain cramps and alarmingly little attention to detail. After a stout defensive effort against Tampa the previous night, they were pitifully soft against the Sabres, easily outshot and outworked. In particular, it was another rough night for captain Dion Phaneuf who was schooled by Cody Hodgson on a wraparound goal in the second period.