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Game #31 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 - Sabres @ Canadiens 7:00 PM RDS CBC MSG-B


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This is complete crap.. with how much is at stake with a 5on3 you would think its worthy of a review, but nope... They have let the sabers get away with sooo much this game, but we have to tread on glass...

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Like, sure, we can blame the refs for blowing the Subban call, but as I've said before, you're going to get jobbed by the refs frequently. That's just how it goes. You have to expect it to happen, and you have to be able to count on your PK unit to bail you out of a jam. We just never step up when shorthanded.

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We just never step up when shorthanded.

big time

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Like, sure, we can blame the refs for blowing the Subban call, but as I've said before, you're going to get jobbed by the refs frequently. That's just how it goes. You have to expect it to happen, and you have to be able to count on your PK unit to bail you out of a jam. We just never step up when shorthanded.

To a point, yes. But a minute and a half of 5-on-3 is hard for most teams to kill off. The call the ref made on Subban is one that if any of the 4 officials has their eyes on the play, it's overruled. That means all 4 guys missed it.

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To a point, yes. But a minute and a half of 5-on-3 is hard for most teams to kill off. The call the ref made on Subban is one that if any of the 4 officials has their eyes on the play, it's overruled. That means all 4 guys missed it.

No excuses. We never kill important penalties off, and it's because our unit is awfully coached. We have no gameplan for winning the puck battle on a 5-on-3, and the players are being instructed to chip the puck five feet as if we're at ES and have the manpower to take possession and exit the zone. Gorges could have cleared that puck at least twice but didn't. Now, you can't tell me that Josh Gorges has suddenly forgotten how to kill a penalty. And it's not like Buffalo scored right at the end of the 5-on-3 they scored about 30 seconds in. That's pathetic, no ifs, ands, or buts.

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Games against Buffalo this year:

1. Winning goal scored after Ott pushes the goalie into the net

2. Winning goal scored after a phantom high-stick call on Subban

3. Go-ahead goal scored after a phantom delay of game call on Subban

Pattern? Sabres are the new Bruins.

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Games against Buffalo this year:

1. Winning goal scored after Ott pushes the goalie into the net

2. Winning goal scored after a phantom high-stick call on Subban

3. Go-ahead goal scored after a phantom delay of game call on Subban

Pattern? Sabres are the new Bruins.

You don't seriously believe that, do you?

Let's not be Leafs fans here. Let's actually hold our awful penalty kill unit accountable.

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No excuses. We never kill important penalties off, and it's because our unit is awfully coached. We have no gameplan for winning the puck battle on a 5-on-3, and the players are being instructed to chip the puck five feet as if we're at ES and have the manpower to take possession and exit the zone. Gorges could have cleared that puck at least twice but didn't. Now, you can't tell me that Josh Gorges has suddenly forgotten how to kill a penalty. And it's not like Buffalo scored right at the end of the 5-on-3 they scored about 30 seconds in. That's pathetic, no ifs, ands, or buts.

As I posted before, the numbers show the PK is really not that far off from our 5-year average. W e were spoiled by a great PK last season. That said, I agree that it has failed in general this year to step up at key times and that the coaching of the PK has been sub-optimal. I won't fault the PK for a 5-on-3 goal against when it was tipped twice on the way in. It happens.

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You don't seriously believe that, do you?

Let's not be Leafs fans here. Let's actually hold our awful penalty kill unit accountable.

The Ott "game winner" is absolutely 100% inexcusable, and will be for the rest of time. There is no legitimate excuse for that standing in a supposedly professional league. None.

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Like, sure, we can blame the refs for blowing the Subban call, but as I've said before, you're going to get jobbed by the refs frequently. That's just how it goes. You have to expect it to happen, and you have to be able to count on your PK unit to bail you out of a jam. We just never step up when shorthanded.

I couldn't disagree with you more.. We expect nothing short of complete professionalism from the players, and the same goes to the refs.. If you don't expect the refs to be on their game than you can't expect the players to make up for the refs mistakes.. You expect everyone on that ice to be the best since they are all part of the NHL..

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