Re: Sens & Habs
posted at 5/6/2013 12:55 PM EDT
In response to BsLegion's comment:
This has been the Habs problem the past few years, they are not built to play that kind of hockey. They brought in Prust thinking he would be their Milan Lucic, that is drop your gloves and fight a la Lucic. He's not ! A team like the Habs if they want to play the tough game it'll always translate as dirty. The days of Kordic and Nilan are long gone.
Proof if this kid Gallagher , probably the best Hab all season and in the playoffs. What is he doing dropping the gloves ??? You're not built to play like that , just skate and use your hockey sense. Although I don't blame him, he's a rookie, I blame the coach and his elders on the team acting like a bunch of morons. Gallagher did what Marchand would do.
Where was Pacioretty last night ? Desharnais ? Michael G Ryder !!!! plenty of blame to go around and next game will be telling if they have any balz, the ones to play hockey that is.
Does Therrien do what he's done this season following a bad Price outing , start Budaj ? I think he does .
I doubt Budaj starts, but at this point nothing would surprise me. But I don't think he was the problem last night. Don't get me wrong: he wasn't good. But after being stellar in Game 2, I doubt he sits after a night where the whole team was horsebleep.
I liked Pacioretty's comments to the media after the game: "Guys like me have to look in the mirror". He's right: he's been a non-factor in the 2 games. But he's certainly been better than Desharnais.
I disagree with you about Prust: they didn't bring him in to be Lucic, because he's not as good as Lucic. They really don't want him dropping the gloves with great regularity: they want him playing the tough, physical hockey that the team has been lacking. Indeed, that has been Montreal's problem, and it was established under Gainey. I do see Bergeron trying to change that: he doesn't want a goon squad because goon squads don't win. But you can't win in the playoffs, at least not 16 games, without having more of a physical edge than what MTL currently possesses--unless you get Patrick Roy/Tim Thomas type of goaltending (and I doubt either could take this team as far as they did their respective Cup winners: both were on superior teams top to bottom).
I don't know if MTL gets past this round or not. I want them to, but if they won't, I won't be that disappointed (unless they play 2 more stinkers like that night; I never want to see that crap again). They remind me a lot of the 2007 Bruins: nobody expected them to be anywhere near what they were, and it built a foundation for what was to come. I don't know if MTL will be able to replicate Boston's success 3-4 years down the road, but I do think what they established this year is a massive step in the right direction. Despite last night's fiasco, they have gone far in establishing a culture that expects success. It won't come right off, but I do think this team has a great chance to consistently contend over the next few years.