In response to gord11's comment:
Really really bad. Why were Thornton and Pandolfo and Daugavins even dressed? Claude panicked and shortened his bench about halfway through the First. Panicked
But what worries me more is, did Julien throw together this contingency plan (Peverley moves to #2 and Paille/Campbell/Jagr become #3) on the spot or did he plan for it. I don't know what's worse.
Over-coaching. Forum Fever. Claude blew it.
Claude blew this game.....
He does not trust Seguin at centre because he's not strong on face-offs and does not trust him with his centreman defensive responsibilities.
So he moves Peverly at centre between Seguin and Marchand and puts Jagr on the third line between Paille and Campbell and sits the fourth line for most of the game.
This gives him three centers that he trusts on face-offs (Peverly, Campbell & Krejci) and his defense first coaching strategy is intact.
This stategy made it a close game, but the outcome proved that he did not have the offense to get the tying goal. Games are won by scoring more goals than the opposition Claude....
If he had kept the second line of Marchand/Seguin/Jagr they are maybe not strong on face-offs and maybe not so strong defensively but it gives a more balanced offensIve team. Also in his defense first game plan, he forgot that he has big wingers that can wear down the oppositions defense with strong forecheck and hitting behind the goal line, he had to take advantage of this size. Montreal was down one defenseman and by hitting and strong board play and forecheck they could have easily generate offense and win this game.
Then with time running out, he suddenly put out there the fourth line...why..... I have no idea what he wanted to accomplish.....he was maybe counting on their fresh legs but they have zero offense in them....
Then on the 6 on 4 powerplay, no one is in Price face and no shots on goal....and the defensemen stayed down low the whole time.....they had to storm the net and create havoc.
Claude blew this game
P.s. Why was Wade Redden not playing.....