Re: Julen Haters: What are the facts?
posted at 11/8/2010 4:37 PM EST
In Response to Re: Julen Haters: What are the facts?
[QUOTE]Since I have to go, I am going to assume you meant the semi-finals. But which year? Last year , Thornton didn't see any ice time after the middle of the 2nd. Two years ago , the Bruins weren't down by a goal with 10 minutes left, it was already tied, and Thornton sat for 23 minutes straight starting in the middle of the third, before coming onto the ice just before the winning goal (with Montador and Wideman having both been on the ice for a minute and a half).
Posted by DrCC[/QUOTE]
yes the 2009 conference semis against carolina (sorry my bad), I wasn't talking about last year, because as I said, "I give julien a pass for last year because of injuries". you must have missed that, right? you must have also read that I said carolina, right? You must have missed that too. orrr... maybe you knew exactly what I was talking about the whole time.
As far as being down by a goal, yes we were tied--mis-statement on my part, but I made the argument before when my recollection was better. When the game is tied in game 7 with 10 minutes left, you leave your 4th line on the bench.... and YES the 4th line was out on the ice getting minutes with less than 10 minutes left in the 3rd of GAME 7.
and YES they were trapping because I specifically remember watching Savard up by the blue-line on the weak side just waiting to play defense. I also remember carolina burning us through the neutral zone all game and all series long, and we stuck with the trap.
If you are going to lose a game 7, you do it with your best players out on the ice. In game 7, late in the third period, you run 3 lines. (Hell Anaheim ran 2 lines that year).
It's coaching 101, you shorten the bench. Are you really going to sit here and argue that it's a reasonable strategy that late in the most important game of the playoffs?