I hated Phil with a passion, at the time. In reflection, however and without wanting to be hard on him, he really had no other game. He was successful BECAUSE he knew where to get goals for his team. He was much like a portable stump and fully a third of his goals came from him forcing the puck past the pads, all the while being pounded on, from all sides.<quoted text>
Esposito probably scored as many goals from in front of the net by having them bounce off his butt as he did by stickwork. Took real guts to stand ther in those days when you would get crosschecked and pounded to pay for your turf. Either Buff hasn't got the message on his job or he won't pay the price. If he won't we got to get some one there that will. Perhaps we should show him some tapes of the Detroit games and he will see that big galoot from the Wings parked in front.
I had hoped that Kaner could get a couple of goals and at full strength. What did encourage me was his work down in our end of the ice. Also, he started showing that scary skating stance he uses when bearing down on the goalie. Sooner or later, all the rest will show up.
Again, look what we did without some key pieces in place. I stand on that and remind myself of what they did to the Sharks. What do you do, when the unexpected needs to be done? WHATEVER THE HECK IT TAKES, PRETTY OR NOT!