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.