Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hello, Minnesota? I'm just wondering what sort of return policy you offer.

Oh, man. I didn't see the game on account of the fact that there wasn't any TV broadcast of this one, nor did I listen to it on internet radio since it required me to download something which seemed awfully hard — but I did just see the highlights of the Oilers' 3-4 OT loss/parade to Sucktown on the Score, and hol-ee did Roloson look like a big bag of dinks. One was a result of Rollie's inability to track down the puck that squirted loose from his pads and, with the help of some sincerely assy defensive coverage in the crease, turned into a fucking Blue Jacket scoring a goal — which, in case the italics didn't tip you off, is akin to a bunch of cats having a math party on the moon. Unlikely to be certain, sirs.

Zherdev's was even worse, however, as Roloson came out to play the puck on a dump-in, and, while he was there, also totally get tangled up with Marc-Andre Burgertime, giving everyone on the ice wearing a stupid jersey with a bug on it more than enough time to decide which part of the empty net they should deposit the puck into. Roloson broke his stick in frustration following that little circus act. Little did he know he was also breaking my soul.

I'm sure that Roloson's just getting settled in, and there was also an entire hockey team in front of him that certainly deserves their share of the blame for losing to one of the NHL's worst teams when points are more prized than rubies, but yeah. That was one grossly jittery performance. Anyone else see this? Should we be worried?

8 comments:

Sean said...

Seriously, how can you blame Roloson for this?!? Roloson was body-checked by Bergeron! He had no defensive coverage, and was once again left out to dry. Roloson might not have won us the game, but he certainly didn't lose it for us.

PhantomJoe1920 said...

Roloson needs to stay in his net more and less of the his juggling act with the puck ( setting it up for his d-man or trying to shovel it off into the corner/behind the net ). I saw him do that a few times in the SJ game and almost get caught out of position - tonight the CBJ's GW was a direct result of that ( as well as MAB crashing into him that led to the mad scramble in the crease thereafter :(

This is one of those games that diffinetly got away IMO. Roloson takes more than half the blame for this one unlike in SJ where the Oilers left him to fend for himself.

Perhaps now that the formalities are out of the way the goalie and team, as a whole, can get on the same for 60 mins+ here on out.

PhantomJoe1920 said...

Just to add: Letowski's goal was probably the most legit ( beat Roli clean ); Federov's goal was questionable ( slow reaction ); Zherdev's goal and the OT goal by Klesla were Salo-ish to say the least....

Chris! said...

Please — let's not drop the Salo bomb so easily.

bigleaguer said...

I thought Roloson's job was to give up one LESS goal per game, not the other way around. That what I get for even listening to the propaganda from the Lowe Tide II politburo.

James Mirtle said...

Columbus has actually been pretty good since January. They're 14-9 since Jan. 8 and have beaten Calgary, etc., in that span.

It's also not a given to beat anyone at this point.

mudcrutch79 said...

Federov's goal was questionable ( slow reaction )

Vic Ferrari did a thread somewhere once where he discussed how you don't have time to move on a shot as a goalie. It comes down to positioning. Fedorov hit his spot-no goalie in the league stops that.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that after these 2 games in Minnesota we'll either be able to Salo-bomb at random or planning the parade route?

Right now it's 50-50 whether the Coilers slither into the playoffs.

Duke