Re: Sitting On A Lead
posted at 3/13/2013 2:50 PM EDT
This isn't just being used here:
"No, I think it was the energy, was more the way we approached the third period," alternate captain Patrice Bergeron told media, when asked if his team ran out of gas at the end. "We sat back."
"The first 40 we were going at them on the forecheck, we were first on pucks, and we were getting results," added Bergeron, as he spoke from the locker room, looking unable to find the words after the frustrating loss.
"I think we were sitting back way too much and then we kept putting the pucks in," said Dennis Seidenberg, who had played in his 200th career NHL game as Bruin. "They were playing on three quarters ice. We just didn't gap up quick enough, and at the end it was just little turnovers, like my own that led to the third goal. We've just got to be better and make a safer play in those situations."
"It's nothing that you can control, that's your schedule," said Bergeron on the doubled-up games. "I hope it's not an excuse, because we're going to go through that a lot more the rest of the year."
"It's about finding a way. Like I said, it's about finding the energy, more than sitting back. We didn't want to make any mistakes and because of that, we did."
I think that last part is what a lot of people mean: focussing so much on not making a mistake that they don't take any of the risks that are often needed to generate a scoring chance. Last night may have had a lot more to do with the Penguins offensive pressure than any decision to focus on defense to the exclusion of offense, though.