Mar 21, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Leafs 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Ville Leino Support Thread: Day 8

Mr. Leino?


Look – I know you’re in there; I can hear you styling your hair.  Listen: I know you thought that you should have scored a goal last night against the Winnipeg Jets.  When Steve Ott AND Matt Ellis both score instead of a player of your skill set, it must feel like the universe is doing everything in its power to keep you from scoring.

However – and I don’t mean to criticize – I must single out one very telling stat from last night’s game: zero shots on goal.

I know I saw you with the puck on your stick a few times – have you ever thought about . . . well . . . you know . . . actually shooting the puck toward the other goaltender once in a while?

As the great Wayne Gretzky used to say, “You miss 100% of the shots you . . . .”  Mr. Leino!  Leave that poor cat alone!

There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re trying out there on the ice.  You won 75% of the faceoffs you took last night; you were +1 on the evening; you have no problems fighting for the puck along the boards; hell, I saw you banging your stick on the ice at one point in the third period, just itching to get the puck passed back to you – the effort is there.  But, as your teammate Matt Moulson said following the game, you have to believe in the percentages.  Your team has been getting a lot of shots on goal lately, so you all knew that, at some point, a few of those shots would start turning into goals.

Play the percentages, Mr. Leino.  Take some f*$#ing shots.

And next time I drive all the way over here, could you at least talk to me through the peephole?!?

See you tomorrow.

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