There's always been one phrase that drives me absolutely nuts. Many post-game interviews include this phrase and it's generally a follow up to this introduction:
The (your team here) were viciously skull-bashed by the (your least favorite team here) last night by a ridiculous score of (double-digit number) to (goose egg). (Rival Team's fourth liner) had a hattrick and an assist while (Rival Team's goaltender) made (low number) of saves for the shutout. This is the (high numberth) game in a row that the (your team) has lost, and eyebrows are being raised about team defence and goaltending.
"Really? You're going to blame (bad goalie here)? He was the only reason we were in this game! He made some amazing stops!" (-Fourth Line Center) -End
It's that phrase in bold that gets me going. How does a poor goaltending performance indicate that he kept your team in the game? Perhaps he made some amazing stops, but what about the slappers from the red line? How about the open-view point shots? Or perhaps those wristers off the high boards, what about those? Get real, players need to stop using this phrase because it is almost never the case. The last time that I can recall this statement having some backbone is when Luongo was still a Panther, having to show up for 50-shot games pretty frequently. Otherwise, not only does your defence suck, but so does your goaltender.
I'm sure there's ethics in this situation, for it would be quite the confidence booster if a player was to say, "Sure, (your goalie here) sucked some major (censored item here). He should be sent down to the (your shitty minor league team here) and try to stop some younger kids and has-beens." Either way, if your goalie puts up a lousy game, don't try to justify it. Just walk away.