Re: Bruins Fans: STOP SUGGESTING WE ROOT FOR THE HABS
posted at 4/28/2010 12:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Bruins Fans: STOP SUGGESTING WE ROOT FOR THE HABS
Yes they have Briere, Richards and Pronger but that doesn't mean much if two of their top scorers are out. Boucher played well against New Jersey because their specialty is fast break goals. Guys like Parise, Kovalchuk, Rolston and Elias are talented but score much of their goals on fast breaks because of their speed. Kovalchuk also didn't show up to the series, and when he contributed it was often when the game was already decided. Philadelphia also played against a fragile looking Brodeur, who's play has been steadily declining since he broke the shutout record earlier in the season. He's given up soft goals and often looked out of place. All you need to take down a system is some good coaching. New Jersey has an extremely defensive system to its core and that was even before Jacques Lemaire took over. Washington is an all out offensive system with a liability in their own end. As long as you have the right players and/or a good goaltender you can manipulate it to your advantage. Who can honestly say that they would rather face Pittsburgh over Philadelphia? Mike Richards is good, but he's no Crosby. Malkin has been playing near his skill level as of the last third of the regular season on and Jordan Staal and Fleury step up their game around the playoffs. I take Phili as an opponent every time. Plus I'd rather have Savard get back into his groove before facing Cooke again. He'll have people aiming for his head no matter what, it's better to decrease the drama until he's ready for it. As for the revenge against Cooke thing the team didn't do it to Cooke in the game after the hit on Savard, why would they risk suspension now?
Posted by joeschmo25
Interesting thoughts, but I don't see NJ as a team that looks for fast break goals any more than the Bs do. The point that I've been making in other posts is that NJ has a defensive system like you mentioned much like our own, and the Flyers beat them handily at it, much too easily for my comfort level. My hope for Brodeur in the future is that he dials back on his starts per season to keep himself more fresh for the postseason. He cant keep playing these 70+ start seasons. But he definitely was not the reason the devils lost that series. Philly beat them at their own game.
As for Philly's injuries, yes Carter is a huge loss and was their leading goal scorer, but their #2 and #3 were Richards and Briere, respectively (gagne only netted 17). Plus Pronger was 3rd on the team in scoring. Thats quite enough firepower to take out the Bruins if they dont find the same offensive punch that they had against the sabres.
As for Pittsburgh and Cooke, i think you misunderstood my expectations for revenge. Im no dummy to think that now is the time to start line brawls, but my revenge is along the lines of poetic justice, like having Savard score the game winner in every game in the series. As for your worries about the Pens gunning for his head...what do you think Philly is going to do, part the seas for him as he skates into the offensive zone?? They'd be more likely to play dirty than anyone, especially with those b**ches Carcillo and Hartnell, and as much as I hate the Pens, i think cooke is more of an enigma on that team than a trend. Philly is definitely the cheap shot artist, and if you are truly concerned with Savard's health, I find it hard to understand why you're hoping for a date with the Broad Street Bullies.