Re: Defenders of Juliann lets hear it
posted at 3/20/2011 12:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Defenders of Juliann lets hear it
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Defenders of Juliann lets hear it : So what gives RHO? This team is too good to be playing like this. I have to say based on the limited games I've seen of the Bruins, their defense looks slow out there. Is that normally the case or just an off game? TT looks different, is he hiding an injury? He normally anticipates really well. Bergeron was playing so well just before the all-star break but looks like he's tailed off. I really thought Kaberle would make a big difference on the PP. Perhaps it's a chemistry thing right now, but if he's not helping on the PP he's not going to be helping much on the defensive side of the game, that is clearly his weakness and it showed last night. I don't think moving Stuart was a good move. Was it a salary dump? He seemed like a really good stay-at home defenseman, hard-nosed and tought in front of the net. McQauid looks looked like a pylon out there last night.
Posted by LoveRealHockey[/QUOTE]
LRH - Last night was not an off-game, buddy. They've played with a lot of inconsistency lately but last night they ran into a team that had more hustle. We fans know when the Bruins play small (i. e., passively, without hostility, not finishing checks, loose defensive zone coverage) it detracts from how this club plays best. Without these elements, the Bruins are ordinary at best.
The players say it. Julien says it yet they tend to not play in a manner they know seems to be the most successful for them. Its making some wonder if the team is even listening to the coach anymore and raising the ghost of his NJ firing. Let's not forget there were some games earlier on that Thomas, as some goalies tend to do, won for the club.
Nothing can be said about the painful PP that hasn't been mentioned already. Kaberle has made the PP more aesthetically
pleasing but after his debut, no more effective. He is trying to operate in a structure conceived by Geoff Ward that is somehow fundamentally flawed and not playing to whatever strengths the players have.
He's had a substantial amount of time to sort it out but so far, he hasn't. Any advantage come the playoffs can often be the deciding factor. That said, should the PP situation remain the same and I presently see no reason to think otherwise, the Bruins will be a team with a deficit.
They are a team that is crazy in their unpredictability. They could sweep NJ and the Habs next week as easily as perform sub-par. Good job the playoffs don't start tomorrow so they still have some games to get things sorted. Here's hoping they do. Cheers!