Re: Habs in the playoffs
posted at 5/25/2014 10:02 AM EDT
Is it possible to be objective about the Scabs? In paying one of my debts to a Scabs fan after the series, I realized how deluded they sound. They see it completely differently. They're the deep team - I mean, Briere and Vanek on the fourth line?!?! No one has a #2 D as good as Markov. They have a speed advantage and a game plan to take advantage of it. No one realizes how good they are - after all, they were second in the conference last year, fourth in the conference this year and that was with a 100 point season - and no one respects them because it's fashionable to hate them (oh, poor Montreal!! yes, when you watch CBC, that's what I think all the time - how hated Montreal is). Price is the best goalie in the East. Subban's a game-breaker and a difference maker. So's Pacioretty. Plekanec is just as good as Bergeron, but because he plays in Montreal, no one gives him credit.
I did the long version of what I saw in the Boston-Montreal series already; long story short, the Scabs had a gameplan to attack Boston and Boston specifically (really, it was the old Paul Maurice Carolina gameplan), they executed it as well as you possibly could right down to the outrageous PP%, but if Boston plays anywhere near their potential, the Scabs are golfing and not the Bruins. Boston was mediocre at best, and they still came very close to sending game 7 to OT before the Boychuk penalty. The Scab fan I had to buy a meal sees that as the Scabs making the Bruins look mediocre. Objectively, I guess you'd have to say it's both because the Bruins have taken it to teams attacking them with speed - they had a pretty solid record against everyone, fast or slow, East or West.
The Scabs beat the Tampans because the Tampans have no defense or goaltending - they gave up an average of 4 goals a game in that series. Montreal gave up 4, 1, 2, 3, which isn't stellar against a popgun offense of Stamkos and two rookies. Give them credit for what they did right against Boston even if you can list a few things that went their way, and it's hard to say anyone can get an objective read on that team. When I think about the number of goals they gave Tampa, the Bruin comebacks in games 1 and 2 and the shellacking in game 5, and the 7 goals in game 1 v the Rangers, I have to think they can be had. Rangers overthought Tokarski. Just play and you'll beat the Scabs. Ignore all the garbage and just go sweep them away.
Are you not entertained?!?!