I guess this team is satisfied with a few games where the goalie
carries them to some points like Osgood did against Pittsburgh, Ottawa.
Maybe they have not noticed that they have gained little ground during
this little unbeaten run and that it will get to the point soon where
even ties will not do much. Three teams from the east will likely get
in and they are almost ten points behind third place Pittsburgh.
No excuse at all for coming out and not skating. Ray Whitney makes a
living off the Isles and they made it very easy for him. The Isles had
the early pp and skated like they were not interested in working as
they stood around and let Columbus run rings around them. All respect
to Columbus, but they were struggling and the Isles made no effort to
match their intensity in the first and thru most of the third.
Laviolette keeps playing games with Osgood he may just skake his
confidence again. He had no business coming out and Snow's awful
coverage on Nash's wrap-around put the Isles to sleep for the night.
They made no effort to work in the third only down by two goals thru
the third, Denis had few hard chances all night to stop and Blake took
the best shot of his life to score on him.
Good thing the Isles recalled Martinek to get caught on
the third goal because that really helped as much as making Manlow go
from team to team and not play. Jonsson and Aucoin were not sharp and
it was strange to see Laviolette keep Aucoin off the 5-3. Bottom line
is even with their mistakes the Isles should have been able to
generate the kind of chances Denis cannot stop and they did not even
come close. Same old harmless chances from outside.
Speaking of not playing, another long night watching Kvasha cycle
forever and produce....nothing but turnover after turnover after he
Weinhandl is ahead of Kvasha's season production already, that says
As for the rest we know who cannot score on this team, if Bates/Peca
are not scoring and Scatchard, there is trouble.
Ok...Ottawa/Vancouver...Not looking good, they better play like it's
their season because it may well be.