Has no one on the team heard of a poke check? I'm just curious.
There was poor communication on ice -- lotsa talk
Tallinder is real good at jawing in between plays - he's very frustrating because he sees what needs doing but he just cant get it done -- well tonight he couldn't.
I HATED how the refs were calling them like the Devils are losers. It doesn't help when a few guys start acting like 'em then....
As for chemistry -- it can actually be learned. It's one of those depressing truths (I like to think of it as magic) - chemistry can 100% be drilled into a line -drill drill drill. You just have to be committed.
That one moment was pretty cute - with Elias and Sykora and Parise on ice... that's as close as they got to chemistry tonight on that ice.
Kovalchuk is a wee bit of a chemistry sucker. He's working too hard and not playing enough - he might actually need someone to mentor on his line. Someone who he can play to rather than focusing so much on himself - he doesn't have to play his best - he has to help others play there best. Then I think it will all fall into place for him. Adn he needs to not say Jeez I shoudl have gotten that pass to you or I should have been faster... you know -- he's got to start asking people to keep up. It's the FAIR thing to do -- ti's the team work thing -- make them rise to you. Even if you knwo you coudl have easily played down I'll say even though it's not quite that --- demand more of linemates. There is no I in team. You can neither succeed nor suck for everyone. I wrote that before but it's very clear this is what Kovaluchuk needs to learn.
poor Fayne - he played like a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham tonight.
Larson was solid. I think if the team gets it together he won't look like so much like Lurch holding the puck at center ice... where the hell is he supposed to send it when everyone looks to be on puppy uppers?
It's was just brainless play tonight not so much morons out of their league so I'm not so upset. No one could skate or handle the puck - not even Zach! But they have the start of that smooth thing.... they just need to get their muscles in tune - their muscle memory in place. Now is the time to be playing like this so for sure it's no spaz time. What was funny was I felt like Marty and I were reacting to everything the same way...and I was glad to see him broadcast a little - and I guess you guys are saying afterwards he cut them deserved slack. He seems to be in a good place.
I do wish the d could keep it in the zone.... Stevens was SO good at that. Maybe the D was parked but NOTHING got by them whether it was Rafalski White Neidermayer Dano.... I like that style because if they think it is -- it's not fluid the way they play now... it looks weak -- liek their high tailing it back to defend their zone -- it looks out of control - it FEELS out of control. The d is scrambling back TOO SOON. They play like failures. I just hate that.... I hate it. Dont grow a set and score -- grow a set and DEFEND in your attack zone...
The Flyers look simplistic BTW. Very textbooky -- but it worked eventually tonight - All the same - when the season starts to roll, it'll be easy to deflate them though. They've got a lot of tenuous ego out there. I like that, so easy to crush