Jake Voracek wants everyone to do a better job when watching hockey games.
Well, at least the media. I guess, as the people who have the ability to shape public perception – although that’s in doubt these days – he wants the media to pay attention to things other than the score sheet.
He’s right. Too much of what is written about the sport of hockey is based on numbers. Whether it’s the old school writers who focus on goals, assists, plus/minus, goals against average, save percentage, hits and blocked shots, or it’s the analytics-driven generation that touts Corsi, expected goals, high danger chances and zone entries, too much of what is written about this sport is driven purely by numbers.
So, when he was “demoted” from the top line after the last game in Columbus, many assumed it was for shoddy play. And when he posted three points Saturday in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, the same scribes assumed he had a great game.
Voracek wants you to know it’s pretty much the opposite.
“I think the first 39 minutes I played like horse shit. You guys got to watch the game a little bit more, you know what I mean? It’s not only about points. The last three games, I thought I played good hockey, it just didn’t go in. It doesn’t mean that if I’m not on the score sheet that I didn’t play well. So many times it’s happens. But [today] I was on the board and I had a good third period, but overall, in this game I wasn’t at the level I wanted to be. I think I was pressing a little bit too much the first 39 minutes. I think that’s when the experience comes in, you kind of use it in advantage in the third period.”
But if you’re the Flyers, you’ll take his “horseshit” performance, thank you very much.