ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser
The game was not on Fleury at all. Just a pathetic and disgusting team effort. The Wild played like they just happy to get their home ice back in game 3. They didn't seem to care that they had a golden opportunity to put the Blues on life support. They got their asses handed to them by a team that was skating 2.5 regular defensemen.
It's not and neither is a tied series. He's hardly, however, been this playoff special keeper that's stole a series for us. He's 'meh' and cost us assets. He's done nothing that Talbot/Kap couldn't have so far. His fault? Nope. Failed experiment by Bill so far? Yeap. Time will tell. We still have a couple to go.
I don't disagree with any of that. Not a worthwhile acquisition. I was surprised they didn't go with Talbot, but Talbot wouldn't have fared any better. Last game, the Wild were content to play in their own end of the ice until the 3rd period. That wasn't on Fleury.
Fleury is a HOF goaltender for what he has done in the playoffs....I haven't seen him be the shutdown goalie yet but I haven't seen Dubes of old either. I am more than fine with the acquisition for the simple fact it showed the players management wanted to win. Middleton, Delauris, Fluery, Jost---I am only upset that Jost cost us Sturm but there must have been a reason but I see the value of each.
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