wprager wrote:Big Ev wrote:Even when he plays his best hockey, he won't be hitting or blocking shots, so don't look into those stats too much wprager.
I was just looking into the kinds of things that people would translate into "playing the best hockey of his career". I should have also looked at giveaways vs. takeaways, but was a bit lazy -- and by that I mean busy, of course.
By the way, re-watched the 1st period with a critical eye on a few players. Most notably, Spezza. He had a very decent, solid period. He created chances, had a fantastic pass to Kuba for the PP goal, and you could hardly blame him on the tying goal, even though he got the -1. Granted, he did not impose his presence on the shooter, did not try to block the shot, so yes, there was more that he could have done. But the bigger culprit on the play was the soft defending of the crease.
Anyhow, he a a great last three shifts in the third and, from what I observed, a very good first period. So where is this 95% awful coming from?
Do you want a straight up calculation or something? Point was he didn't have a good game for the majority of the time he was on the ice. The biggest gaff was in the second when he was the 3rd man in and was the reason for that 4 on 2 where they scored. Also some give aways in his own zone in some really bad spots. Better teams will put those in the back of the net and probably won't allow Spezza or the Sens to have those miracle come backs with 30 seconds to play.