Re: Would firing Julien save the season?
posted at 3/21/2011 11:24 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Would firing Julien save the season?
[QUOTE]I agree with you that firing the coach everytime they lose a game isn't the answer, but I do have concerns about how this team is playing. I was really left scratching head after the loss in montreal. They got whipped, and it seemed that CJ had no answers. It appears to me that he is trying to play a system that just doesn't work against the smaller, faster teams. They just don't seem to hit and make the other team pay for making plays. If they are to move on in the playoffs, they need to impose their style, and not play one that they aren't built for. I believe that this is CJ's real weakness in his coaching style. This Bruins team has some speed, but their real strength is in using their size. The prime example is when they hammered both Dallas and montreal physically, and on the score board. True this is a small sampling, but what just happened in Toronto? They got out worked, and the Leafs didn't get much resistence when they went to the net. This is where you have to make them pay. Take a few penalties if necessary, but make the Leafs and the habs afraid to go to the net. I'm not saying drop the gloves at every turn, but surely they can at least knock them on their butts once in a while.
Posted by perrysound[/QUOTE]
That's what struck me as well PerrySound. The Bruins should have been able to manhandle the leafs and aside from taking it too them in front of the net, they should have realized that the Leafs play their top 4 dman a lot. They should have tried to physically wear down Schenn, Phaneuf, Gunner and Aulie. That group of four are pretty strong, but you can only take so much hitting before it wears you down.
If I'm playing the Leafs, I run at these dman all night long and hope Lebda and Kommiserak get more ice time to compensate.
On the other side, this may be a chemistry thing or simply getting healty again, but the Bruin defense doesn't look that great aside from Chara. McQuaid is a pylon, Kabby is an offensive dman, Siedenberg looked awful and I'm not sure about the other guys because I don't see them a lot but I wasn't impressed with the group as a whole. They are in big trouble without Chara or when Chara doesn't play his usual top-notch game.
What was the fanbase take on moving Stuart? I thought he was really solid and always played well against the Leafs.