Dear Chris Stewart,
As good as your offensive zone play can be, your defensive zone play sucks ass. 3 of the Kings 6 goals tonight were scored from the Kings LW position on the ice. Twice, YOU failed to actually cover that postion and once you skated so far from it, the defenseman couldn't even cover up for your crappy decision making. Learn to play a FULL game or get you ass off this friggin' team.
A Pissed Off fan.
And to those who think Backes should not be a Captain and Stewart should, PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES!!!!!!
We bitched about Brewer being a Captain and doing nothing on the ice. Backes busts his ass on the ice and leads by example. Unfortunately, some think being popular and only playing offense are what matters. This is the f'in problem with this team and it manifests itself repeatedly whenever Stewart is in a defensive position. How often does anyone see Stewart below a faceoff dot in the defensive zone? I only remember twice this entire season. Now count the number of goals against when I see Stewart inside his own blueline with an attacker between the Blues goal and him?? Too f'in many. Get this numbnuts completely irresponsible defensive fool off this damn team. With anyone else on the RW when those 3 goals happened, odds are those three goals would not have happened, because the rest of the Blues RWs are RESPONSIBLE DEFENSIVELY!!!!! Result Blues likely don't lose 6-4 and probably win 4-2 or 4-3. Thanks Chris Stewart!!! YOU SUCK!!!!!!!
Sidenote - Dear Ken Hitchcock, NEVER put Stewart on the ice for a defensive zone faceoff. You are asking for a goal against in that situation.
I'm not against assigning blame when it is appropriate, but Stewart is not to blame for this loss by any means. He played a strong game last night.
Stewart was on the ice for 3 of the 4 Blues goals. He was on the ice for 2 Kings goals. He had a goal and an assist and was a +1 for the night.
The goal that made it 4-3 was Stewart's man, however, you can't blame him too much because Shattenkirk had the puck and was coming out of the zone. Stewart was going up the ice, expecting a pass or a rush up...but Shattenkirk commits a bad turnover inside the zone and the Kings turn it around and take it back in, and the eventual goal ended up going off of Sobotka's shoulder and in...the shot wasn't even on net. That goal was more flukey than anything...and if you want to blame someone, blame Shattenkirk for the bad turnover inside the blueline.
Muzzin's goal that tied it up at 4-4 from the left side...Stewart wasn't even on the ice for that. It looked to be Dags, Backes and Scwartz and they had JUST made a partial line change. Plus, it was a bad angle horrible goal to allow by Halak. You can't blame anyone except for Halak on that one.
The King's 5th goal, yeah, Stewart over pursued Muzzin a bit at the blueline and left Carter on the left side all alone. But to be fair, on that play, Carter is Berglund's responsibility based on how the Kings were rotating. Berglund needs to be there to cover that side while Stewart is out covering Muzzin who was moving towards the right wing with the puck. Berglund got sucked all the way over to the far side of the ice after the faceoff. Stewart has to stay with Muzzin otherwise he had a wide open lane to the slot. But with all of that said, it was a bad goal to give up by Halak anyway. He saw it all the way, it was from far enough out, and it was short side, and it was a wrist shot for Christ's sake. It wasn't a one timer off a pass. Halak had time to get set and come out to cut down the angle...he just missed it. Bad, bad goal to give up.
I'm not a huge Stewart fans by any means, but ripping him apart for last night's loss is way off base.
Halak allowed three really soft goals. Since it's popular to single out one guy for some reason, Halak is a much better choice to pin the loss on last night. He simply didn't stop the shots he should have.