Against the 3 teams they played, they should have expected 6 points.
The way they played against those 3, I hardly think they deserved 2 points.
Lets start with Friday vs. Tri-City:The game started out with a very tight checking, lack luster 1st period, getting the tempo of the game set by a team that clearly wanted to play more.
Second period, they tighten down the defense, and play a brand of hockey we have come to expect, and are rewarded with 2 very nice goals.
Come out in the 3rd, and continue that strong play through the first 8 minutes, adding another goal to be up 3-0.
Then a shorthanded goal against, a pp goal against, and an extra attacker goal against, and it is tied.
All three of those goals were set up by unneeded, undisciplined penalties.
It took a bad rebound goal with 26 seconds to go to pull out a win.
4 of the 6 power plays given up were caused by bad penalties.
Saturday night in Everett:Everett dominated the 1st period, but some great goal-tending kept Seattle in it.
A slightly better 2nd period, highlighted by a shorthanded goal that was all determination by Sam McKechnie.
Start of the 3rd period was good for Seattle, scoring twice to take the lead.
But the rest of the game was hold on time, and if not for Taran Kozun in net, Everett would have had another couple.
3 of the 5 power plays given up were caused by bad penalties.
Sunday night against PG:Start out the game in fire, scoring 3 goals in the first 7 minutes on a goalie that was clearly having an off night.
Then the team went to sleep, didn't show they cared, tuned out the game.
3 of the 6 power plays given up were caused by bad penalties.
Tried to turn it on after they were down 6-3, but PG could just play good smart defense and stop things.
So lets combine all this together:In 3 games, they...
- Blew a 3-0 lead twice.
- Gave up another shorthanded goal.
- Went 1 for 11 on the power play (scoring the only goal on the FIRST pp, so they went 0-10 after that)
- Won two 1 goal games against the 7th and 8th place teams in the conference.
- Got made to look like fools against a team that is not going to make the playoffs.
- By my count, gave up 17 power plays, 10 of which were caused by bad or lazy penalties.
- A few players looked like they forgot what a team game is about.
- Really bad sloppy giveaways.
- Lazy backchecking.
- Holding the puck way too long.
- Sticking up for teammates at inopportune times.
Lines for the weekendA few people asked me why I thought they broke up the September 12, 2013 line (9-12-13).
I would probably be asking the same question. Why break up a line that has been on a tear?
I can assume based on post game comments that coach wants to get Lipsberg going for the stretch run, and pairing him with Mathew Barzal and Justin Hickman gave them the best chance at that happening.
The odd thing I saw from this is it actually made the former Lethbridge line play an offensive roll, scoring 5 of the 10 goals on the weekend.
ConclusionCall me crazy, but I don't think Seattle had a very good weekend at all.
I know Tyler disagrees with me on some of this, but what do you others think?
Have fun in the comment section.