pens2005 wrote:people need to honestly give goligoski a break. he handled himself very well on the powerplay and looks like someone who is made to man the point on one for a long time.
He'll be fine. our defense wasn't even noticeably bad or anything yesterday yet some are really criticizing him. what was noticeable? the awful powerplay. if they score once by accident on all of those (obviously not counting the last one with .8 seconds to go) powerplays we may have ended up with a point at least on sunday.
you can't keep going 0-for on the pp. however, i thought goligoski looked more in tune at the point than even letang. Yes, he did pass up on a shot in the 3rd but I thought he cycled down low at the right times, shifted over to open areas at the right times and had a few excellent passes to crosby allowing him to do his thing.
For his first TRUE start in the NHL with serious expectations I thought he played admirably. I left watching that game yesterday thinking that we have something special in Alex Goligoski. Then I came on here and 75% of you are really ripping into him after one game.
I found that interesting to say the least.
He didn't play badly, he just made a bunch of wrong decisions. Many on the PP. Go back and check out the 3rd period. The forwards were skating back into the defensive zone on breakouts and taking the puck from him. I noticed it a couple times.
He's not ready, especially for the PP right this second. He needs some games to learn the speed. With our defense banged up like it is, he'll have plenty of opportunities. I don't think anyone has gone out and said he played technically bad.