Winning and Losing Is Not Only on One Player

May 29th, 2010 by Melissa Bauer-Herzog Leave a reply »

Over the past two weeks, I’ve read countless of articles placing blame for the Penguins loss to the Canadiens.  But all those articles never talk about the team as a collective whole falling apart; they always focus on one player. 

First and foremost, hockey is a team sport.  One player may affect the game for his team but that’s when the others are supposed to step forward and take up the slack. 

You cannot blame one person for a team’s demise.  That is not how it works.

I know, it’s so easy to blame the goalie for a loss, but the opposing team should have to go through the rest of the team first, or at least the D-men.  Sure, the goalie is the last line of defense but every goal should not be blamed on him.   So to blame only Fleury for the losses is crazy. 

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