Re: Bruins - Keys to Winning the Philly Series
posted at 4/30/2010 9:20 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bruins - Keys to Winning the Philly Series
I'd like to see the Bruins continue to activate their defense into the offensive zone as they did a number of times against Buffalo. It's a bit dangerous, but it does increase the pressure on the D men and offer some opportunties to score. And most importantly, get to the "dirty" areas around the Philly net. This is where I think the team that sacrifices the most will win. Yes, you can get hurt by incoming pucks and/or D Men pounding on you, but it's also the place where pucks come lose and can be poked in for key goals. Finally, we have to be effective on the PP at putting pucks in. Philly is going to get their fair of penalties I'm sure and we have to make them pay! And it goes without saying, Tuuka is going to have to continue his stellar play between the pipes if we want to get any deeper in the playoffs.
Posted by 4everbruins
Your thoughts on the D being more engaged on O, are huge.
This tactical move, instituted late, late in the regular season is the key reason this team started having better, more consistent results. It's also a monumental change to the overall "system". The key is generating more offensive zone pressure, not mindless "pinching", and the Bruins did a good job of walking that fine line.
Also agree that success is more about "continuing" to do certain things, as opposed to changing them. Lot's of room for improvement, but no need to reinvent the wheel. Lots to feel good about. PP is converting at a reasonable ratio, and the pk has been outstanding. Puck movement and breakout overall is good, but that always needs work. Expect B's goaltending, at worst to be fine.
Be nice to see a bit more offensive production, but this series probably won't be tailor made for that.
Think the biggest thing is hunger. Man for man, I feel the B's are more balanced, but in the playoffs, hunger and tenacity usually mean advancement.