Here’s the TSN boxscore for the game. The Little Stevie point projection now stands at 40.
This has been tough to watch and difficult to figure out. Besides some obvious shortcomings there are a multitude of issues and problems. Pete DeBoer had this to say after the game:
“You best players have to be your best players,” coach Pete DeBoer said, “and in all three games, we had trouble scoring. Our best players didn’t get on the board and we were out-goaltended in all three. It’s tough to win games when that happens.”
As for any further analysis by me, I’m actually taking a step away from that for a change. There really isn’t much more for me to say right now. It’s up to the people in the dressing room and the front office to figure this out. All I know is that it hurts to watch. But one thing I do know, at some level these people do care and I’m not talking just about the players.
I spoke with someone after last nights game. Let’s just call this person a hi level executive and leave it at that. The look in their eyes and the expression on their face said it all. Our conversation revolved around the issues that we see, the struggles that the team is having, and that someway, somehow things have to change. There has to be an end to this scoring drought, and this current losing streak. The powerplay is admittedly putrid. Not being able to score with all these chances is unbelieveable. Even a bad bounce has to go in once in awhile.
Let me say this loud and clear, and even to you Jack Edwards, the team cares, ownership cares, and many of our fans care. No one likes watching this. No one wants to see this team rebound faster than us. Obviously it’s not an overnight fix. We have some players we are stuck with due to contract issues. We can’t trade these players because no one else wants them either. If we do trade them, we have to take someone’s bad contract back. We can all thank Uncle Jack (Jacques Martin) for that.
We all want this resolved, and from what I saw last night, no one wants this done faster and sooner than the person I spoke with. Make a trade, trade everybody, fire a coach, pick up a player on waivers. It’s just not that easy. Sure I’m quick to criticize and make my trade suggestions and firings etc. And maybe tomorrow I’ll go back to that way of writing. But for one day, I saw a look in a person’s eyes that said it all.
It’s not for a lack of trying to improve this team that’s for sure. As fans this season is going to test our patience, going to test our character and our commitment. The players and management of this team have their own test as well. My human side is coming out here, and I honestly feel bad. I’m still frustrated, I’m still mad that this is happening. Those of you who are regular readers here, yes all four of you, (including a person I found out about yesterday) know I hate losing more than I like winning. So my demeanor hasn’t changed. But for one night, I put myself in someone else’s shoes and realized this problem goes deep and wide. And it’s not an overnight fix.
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