For those who haven't seen it, you really should:
Thankfully, Buff is out with just a bruise (Update: Kukla's with the video and Dudley saying it's a contusion & cut). Some interesting postgame remarkss in the ajc. Chris Vivlamore has some extra quotes from the players, and Bryan Little pretty much sums it up:
"Same story. We don’t play a full 60 minutes. They kind of frustrated us in the second. We were turning pucks over and weren’t doing the things we wanted to. There is no reason we can’t play for 60 minutes. We’ve got to make it happen. We are throwing away these points pretty fast."
After the jump, some stats & reaction.
|47 - C - PEVERLEY, RICH||7|
|16 - L - LADD, ANDREW||6|
|18 - R - BERGFORS, NICLAS||6|
|22 - R - STEWART, ANTHONY||6|
|9 - L - KANE, EVANDER||5|
|33 - R - BYFUGLIEN, DUSTIN||5|
|10 - R - LITTLE, BRYAN||4|
|3 - D - SOPEL, BRENT||3|
|4 - D - BOGOSIAN, ZACH||2|
|31 - G - PAVELEC, ONDREJ||1|
|39 - D - ENSTROM, TOBIAS||1|
|8 - C - BURMISTROV, ALEXANDER||-2|
|27 - R - THORBURN, CHRIS||-3|
|36 - L - BOULTON, ERIC||-3|
|29 - D - ODUYA, JOHNNY||-4|
|6 - D - HAINSEY, RON||-5|
|80 - C - ANTROPOV, NIK||-7|
|21 - L - EAGER, BEN||-8|
|23 - C - SLATER, JIM||-8|
Not exactly tough to see why Eager & Slater were benched is it? What I can't understand is how this team can band together after Pavelec's collapse to beat a team like the Capitals, but completely give away a period to the Panthers after Byfuglien goes down. Ramsay's method in the third period was the right one: tighten up, bench the dead weight and put your most effective players on the ice. This led to the Stweart/Kane/Little & Ladd/Bergfors/Peverley lines seeing a lot more action. Practice is probably getting under way as I type this, and I'd be curious to know what's going on. Does Rammer skate 'em to death? Are we holed up in the video room? Are we having a fireside chat about feelings? According to Ben Wright, Tuesday's practice didn't exactly go smoothly:
So far this practice is fast-paced and frustration-filled. It looks like it could be a long one as Ramsay isn’t having any trouble expressing his displeasure with players who aren’t following instructions.
Dissension in the ranks? Any ideas?
- GM Rick Dudley is scheduled to be on NHL Live around 12:30ish. Then, Mike Milbury. Kind of a good/bad situation there. Catch it on NHL Network & XM204.
- Oh hey, Ian White's back in the East. In the Southeast, no less. That's, um... Yay. And some kid named Sutter was involved in the deal - awkward.
- From the "Let's Make Ourselves Better" Dept. As bad as the Thrash are, at least we're not Jaroslav Halak & the Blues. Oh, sorry Hildy.
- Cassie McClellan at From The Rink gives us a timely question: "What's the point of having a team captain?"