by Ron Spence
I used to get this knot in my stomach: whenever Brent Sopel had the puck; and when Felix Potvin and Dan Cloutier were in goal.
I now have this same feeling when Roberto is between the pipes.
It’s not a conscious reaction – it’s the result of Roberto’s suspect play – so far this season – and against the Blackhawks during the playoffs.
My respect for Henrik continues. He was only 41 % in faceoffs, but logged 21 minutes, including a minute and a half when the team was shorthanded. He played hard and looks somewhat injured.
Mikael Samuelsson continues to show his patience and scored another goal – his 4th (He now has 7 points in 7 games – but is -2.).
I am very happy with the speed line.
Coach V is giving Michael Grabner the opportunity to play his game. Led by Ryan Kesler’s grit and 11 wins vs. 7 losses in the playoff circle, they played well. Ryan had 8 shots on net, Mason Raymond 6 and Grabner 3.
Alexandre Bolduc was a good callup, and I believe plays smarter than Glass.
Both Alexandre Burrows and Kevin Bieksa had better games. Both were +2, and Burrows had 20:51 in ice time and Bieksa blocked two shots.
Aaron Rome was quicker – albeit against slower forecheckers – and blocked 3 shots, and had some good zingers from the point.
Ryan Johnson did what he does best, was 5 and 2 in the faceoff circle, but only blocked one shot.
Alexander Edler continued to play his somewhat uneven game, but logged a team high 26:50 minutes.
Steve Bernier used to lead San Jose in hits, but never touched anyone during the Calgary or Minnesota games.
And yet, the power forward had four hits against Dallas.
If Bernier wants ice time on the top two lines, he has to play a consistent physical game.