It’s Friday Flashback here at the Rat Trick, so for today’s music choice we go back to 1984 and The Culture Club with the official video of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. I think the Canucks will appreciate it. (snicker)
Here we are again. Asking what seems to be that same old question about Roberto Luongo. Does he have what it takes to be a winning goaltender? The past two post seasons it’s been a big body like Dustin Byfuglien that’s caused him to get off his game, and lose confidence. This year against the Boston Bruins, it’s not so much the traffic in front of the net, but where the shots are going. Jeremy Roenick said prior to game three that the Bruins needed to shoot glove side, and by Bobby’s ear. They must have listened as 12 goals later it is conceivably possible that the confidence level of the Canuck netminder has been tarnished. Once more.
Besides picking on Luongo who has looked terrible in the past two games, and the sisters, whom Mike Milbury called Thelma and Louise (see it here), and the dumb penalties and drama the Canucks have caused themselves, we need to hand out some credit. Boston has regrouped, made some changes in their attack, and rebounded to tie the series, and steal the momentum from Vancouver. Tim Thomas has been outstanding, not only stopping pucks, but guarding his net, and hacking at anyone that gets in his crease. He’s been focused, determined and playing with adrenalin. Unlike his counterpart, Thomas’ play has spilt over to his teammates and the Bruins are playing with passion and heart. The Canucks have had that that glassy look in their eyes at the ends of both games 3 and 4. From where I sit, even though game five switches back to Vancouver, the Canucks have all the pressure on them right now. Should the Bruins continue playing the way they’ve been, and maintaining that edge, the Rome hit will give now meaning to the phrase momentum changer. The Bruins are doing this without Nathan Horton and Marc Savard. Kudos at this point to Claude Julien, who is proving right now that out coaching Alain Vigneault is a common theme. Links after the jump.
Here’s your Friday links, which were prepared Thursday night as I am forced to sit in an all day, closed door meeting. With no access to a computer. A painful day ahead.
Is Roberto’s confidence shattered? NHL.com with an excellent piece on the goaltender’s mindset.
James O’Brien from Pro Hockey Talk chimes in on the misery of Roberto Luongo.
Justin Bourne talks about how the Bruins are starting to grind down the Canucks.
As I said, Alain Vigneault is being out smarted. Again. ESPN.
Boston has taken over the physicality part of this series. That’s why they’ve evened the score. CSNNE.
Brad Marchand playing and enjoying being the evil villan of the Bruins. CBC.
George Richards takes a look back at the Florida Panthers trades in year one of the Blueprint. On Frozen Pond.
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