Is it bad if I'm almost more excited to watch USA/RUS than Canada's tilt against Slovakia? Not that I don't respect the Slovaks, but I'm really interested to see how USA-Russia turns out.
Originally Posted by AR_Six
I do not for the life of me understand people criticizing Subban for those goals.
1. Guy is uncovered, wide open at the side of the net on the PP and the pass goes to him giving him an empty net. No goalie stops this.
2. Harrington is out of position and Hamilton doesn't realize it and plays too close on the boards, giving the German a free path to the net, he scored uncovered right outside the crease.
3. McNeill executes a perfect tape to tape pass to the WRONG TEAM right at the top of the faceoff circle, giving him a breakaway.
In none of those circumstances do you blame the goalie whatsoever. If he stops those, he bailed out his teammate and saved a goal. It is by no means expected. He stopped every puck he needed to stop and one he didn't in the third on another cross-crease.
I don't blame him for the #1 at all, but simply saying "breakway" or "pass to the wrong team" does not mean those chances were well executed. In other words, yeah the guy had a good chance - but it was still a cheesy shot on both accounts. A soft backhand and a snapshot from the hashmarks are not assumed goals; as a goalie I'd feel pretty lame about those ones. Galchenyuk's goal against Germany is what I'd call a forgivable chance from the hashmarks - he had all the time in the world to walk in and pick his spot.
I just don't feel like his play is inspiring confidence - Canada hasn't had a truly dominant goaltender since Price in '07 and I don't think Subban is an exception to that. I don't know if Binnington would be any better, and it was a 9-3 blowout of a bad team, but at an elite world-level competition I don't feel like we should be settling for "making the stops expected of him." Without Price standing on his head and even lesser netminders like Tokarski/Mason et al in years past having some flashes of brilliance we'd be a few gold medals short of what we have.Edited by jarude - 12/27/12 at 9:43am