Re: It's The Powerplay! It's the Powerplay! No, it's not.
posted at 4/21/2012 11:23 AM EDT
In Response to It's The Powerplay! It's the Powerplay! No, it's not.
[QUOTE]Plenty of threads about the powerplay, so I figured I'd create just one more. The B's are using the same powerplay system as they did all year long. They didn't end up second in the conference because of a great powerplay. They didn't win Games 1 and 3 with a great powerplay. They need the people who score goals to start scoring goals. And those goals are scored 5 on 5. Why do you think the B's players are all at the top of the +/- category? Because of their prowess on the man advantage? It's not the powerplay. It's the shot selection. Sometimes during these games, I wonder if Shawn Thornton has been cloned and is every Bruin on the ice. Skate down the right side and throw it at the net. Skate down the left side and throw it at the net. Do something and throw it at the net. How many times this series have you seen pass pass shoot? It might be zero! All I can think of is skate shoot pray. The B's issue hasn't been that they're outplayed or overmatched. They're just taking super low quality shots and Holtby is turning them aside.
..just like he does in warmups. No, it's not the powerplay. In Thursday's loss, they only had one. In Saturday's loss, they only had two. So, in games they've lost, they have had a total of three chances. I don't think the B's are tied in the series because they couldn't convert one of three powerplay chances.
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I generally agree w/your assesment in that whatever ails the B's this series, the PP aint it.
However, your reluctance to give any credit to how the Caps are playing mystifies me. You seem determined to stick to your prediction that this would be an "easy" series for Boston and now that it's become clear it's anything but, you're graspong at straws to explain why.
The sentence I highlighted above illustrates this point: couldn't it be that the REASON the B's are taking low quality shots is b/c the Caps are giving them very little in the way of HIGH quality shots to take in the first place? The Caps are checking the Bruins very tightly, and tho' I'm loathe to give any credit to Dale Hunter, who I hated as a player and still do as a general human being, he HAS changed the ways of Boudreau --a Caps team that laughed off defensive responsibility as an afterthought--and has THIS Caps team taking their defensive responsibilities much more seriously--hence, the Bruins are getting fewer quality chances to really test Holtby and the high shot meter is coming from--as you said--harmless permiter shots that even Blaine lacher could have stopped.
There IS some truth in that some Bruins (Lucic, Krejci, Marchand, and even Seguin to an extent) are making the Caps look a bit better by not coming up big as they're supposed to--but it is also true that this Caps team is riding a hot goalie now, is better defensively than they used to be, and matches up pretty darn well w/the B's, which is what I feared coming in to the series.
Stick to your narrative if you want, but IF the B's lose today*, you better be prepared to come up w/something better for an explanation when it's all over by Game 6. I do maintain that whoever wins today wins the series. There will be no comeback by the B's if they go down 3-2 heading back to DC.
*I actually expect them to win b/c they should make some adjustments and Lucic has to break out of his regular-season-Ryder act soon, and why not today?