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@jvr : So let me get this straight - a new coach will suddenly make waterbugs like Hagelin and Zuccarello play "bigger, stronger, and more aggressively"? We beat a Caps team of larger players too but they had a weak will - the Bruins are a confident bunch, and their play is an indication of just that.
Our guys?, nah, not so much. All the difference in the world.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bruins 5, Rangers 2
@NYRfanInNC @jvr: "Bruins' speed"? NYR, the Caps were quantum times faster and they blunted a majority of their rushes by controlling the neutral zone and forechecking - neither of which they've done much of in Games 1 and 2.
Boston is skating in molasses compared to Washington. "Speed" hasn't been an issue.
@NYRfanInNC : You single-out Girardi, and he deserves criticism, but the WORST d'man by far in both games has been Del Zotto. He has been an atrocity with respect to his coverage responsibilties, has been caught on two occasions pinching that led to Bruins tallies, has been useles on the point during PPs (who hasn't been?), and been noticeably lax in making physical contact when called for.
He was so bad on Sunday, that had I been behind the bench I would've stapled his butt to the pine for the third period. I know, he's still only 22, but he's a vet now and making rookie mistakes is unacceptable.
@fs2020: "Putrid" is too damned polite. Embarrassing is far more accurate, and it has been that way (percentages of success in this or recent prior seasons aside) for too long. Watch practically any other NHL team and you'll see them gain the zone and actually set up for shots., It's all about speed entering the zone, quick passes, movement by all five skaters, and getting off shots without hesitating. We have to sit there and watch the boys do NONE of the above time and time and time again!
Look, I really do like Tortorella, but the PP has bitten this team in the arse too many times at the worst possible moments. If the players cannot figure it out, then it's up to the coaches to do it. SOMEONE has to be held accountable for these never-ending failed manpower advantages that accomplish nothing more than take two minutes off the clock! (And when is the last time you remember them actually scoring on a 5 on 3? Now THAT'S really comical viewing.) Either hire a damned PP specialist coach to travel with them, bring Gretzky and Mess out of retirement, or can Sullivan and yes, maybe even Tortorella - a scapegoat is called for here. This repetition of doing it the same way time after time and expecting it succeed is indeed insanity on ice.