Re: Many of you should be Eating Crow
posted at 1/10/2011 11:21 PM EST
In Response to Many of you should be Eating Crow
[QUOTE]What do you do now fair-weather fans? Will you be silent or will you hide? It's a long year. Learn to control yourselves - when we win and when we lose! People will be impressed when you do because you'll be showing "class".
Posted by Wheatskins[/QUOTE]
Please. Being a true fan is accepting the reality of your team's state of play. All the Bruins proved tonight is that they are if anything consistent at being inconsistent.
The last period proved another thing and that's Claude's sit back and play not to lose system is a recipe for losing. The Bruins play their best offensive and up tempo forechecking hockey almost exclusively when they are in desperation mode.
Why? Because everyone stops sitting back in the neutral zone and the defensive zone and they actually try skating, carrying the puck with speed through the neutral zone and they actually battle for pucks. This isn't a one game thing it happens every night with the B's. You know when the game will get entertaining? When we are down by a goal or two in the third.
The fact that they are more than capable of turning up the offense when they want to only further proves that the mission of this team has and will continue to be to try and win (or more appropriately) not lose 2-1 hockey games.
The goal tending is sound enough, the defense is sound enough and the forwards play good enough defensive hockey for the Bruins to play a more up tempo, aggressive game. However the coach doesn't allow it because he's more concerned with his job security than winning hockey games. Notice that Claude kept going with Thomas even though he was clearly becoming gassed. Why? Because Claude believes that was his best chance at winning games at that moment and keeping his job safe (no thinking of what burn out could do to Thomas and the team down the road). I'm sure either Neely, Sweeney, Chirallie or Thomas himself had to tell Claude to start playing Rask more (and I don't even want to hear how terrible Rask was playing. He wasn't playing bad, his numbers were fine, the team in front of him was failing him on most nights).
Anyone ever think for a second that the players are bored and frustrated with the system and that's one (not every) reason they play like they are in quick sand too often? There certainly seems to be a whole lot more effort being forth and fun being had when they are in desperation mode when Claude takes the training wheels off.
I'm no fair weather fan. I root for all my teams when or lose. I'm just not an idiot when it comes to calling out what's wrong with the teams.
This win tonight is no more a vault to the cup anymore than the loss in Montreal is an indicator of a playoff DNQ.
What tonight's game is is a reflection of the Bruins as a whole, they are a consistently, inconsistent team that plays a boring "not to lose instead of trying to win" brand of hockey. Good enough to qualify for the playoffs leading to a collapse in rounds 1 or 2.
A new coach and style, more speed and skill in the forwards and d-men that can either skate or make a play are needed if a consistent year to year cup run is going to made in the coming seasons. Otherwise the only cup we will be holding anytime soon is the one we get from Dunkin Donuts.
Oh and to ensure I'm not tabbed a fair weather fan go Bruins. The fact that I've paid to see three terrible home games this year should disqualify me from being thrown into the fair weather fan bucket. Ugh.