The skates did not seem to be wearing out; the effort just seemed to be less for me than it was in the prior two periods. Losing the battles in the corners, not making solid passes – the team just did not seem to be there in the third stanza.
The power play in a word, anemic!
10 of the last 17 times that the Isles have been on the kill, the opponent has scored. That is a lousy statistic.
Kudos to Thompson for getting his first, and Hunter for getting off the schneid. There are guys that are playing hard, and guys that seem as lost as a 4 year old in Macy’s. A ‘back to basics’ practice needs to be put on these boys.
As Andy Sutton said to the media last night, ‘…negativity breeds negativity.’
This game to me was a litmus test on how this team has progressed in its maturity and development. It is a step back.
This team also needs its captain. I know that he is rehabbing – but they really need Weight during this process. I am sure that he is with the guys, as well as being supportive and such. But this team, more than any I know, really needs a guy to take the reins, and motivate the players. I know that Dougie is that guy. Hopefully, that will be a new year’s present for us.
Onto Columbus Toronto tomorrow. Have a hockey day everyone!