No matter what you are gonna get penalties called against you in the playoffs after theyve been called on your opponent. You might as well get your money's worth and take some "bad" penalties and intimidate a little then go to the box anyways because its your turn. I say bust some heads.
As far as I'm concerned those who opposed Kovy being resigned were legit for feeling that way. But given what some have said about Kovy when he and the Devils were down, I really think they should be ashamed of themselves and their loyalty should absolutely be under question.
I don't care about the shutout. If we win 6-2 or even 6-3, whatever. I'm not saying we should have played top guys and risked anything to hold on to a 6 goal lead. But getting outshot 24-1 is unacceptable regardless of the situation. We let them dominate every aspect of the game and come within 2 goals with 6 minutes to go. We shouldn't have to panic and throw out our best guys to secure a win in a game where we led 6-0 with 20 minutes to go. I'm still happy we won, but the way we did sums up how we've played with leads this entire season. We need to learn how to play with the lead if we want to have any success in the rest of the season and the playoffs (if we make it). We always piss away our leads by slacking off. All you have to do is control the puck and cycle a bit and kill time. It seems like we never even touched the puck in the third, let alone had any offensive zone time.
i did say "pretty much", but you see TG's tweets saying that getting snubbed means tons more to fans than the players. For reasons Triumph mentioned before, these guys absolutely welcome the break. For younger guys, this is no doubt a thrill. for guys like kovalchuk and elias who have been to a ton of them, i'm sure they're glad they can be with their family and away from hockey.
I don't think any of them are dying to go but I do think they would have liked to do it. As mentioned in my last post, they would never say it but I think they secretly hope to be picked. It's a stupid game but being around the other stars on a night of celebration is a good feeling. Its not so much playing in the game as it is being there as an all-star.
Elias will fall in the hard luck group of players that will be denied the Hall of Fame despite being excellent players for a long time. The scoring numbers aren't always among the top players in the league, but Elias is one of the greatest defensive forwards of all-time.
You know, I always believed this to be true. But as of the last couple years I have started to realize that the league does recognize how good Patty has been. I actually think he'll go into the hall of fame. If he can get another cup before the end of his career it will leave the voters with a recent memory of his greatness.