Re: Why Don't They Want It?
posted at 12/21/2010 5:04 PM EST
In Response to Re: Why Don't They Want It?
[QUOTE]TryToBearIt , you bring up a lot of good points. However, I'd really like to hear your thoughts on the first 9 games of the season. To me, that was exactly how the Bruins should play every single night. But, then, mid-November... POOF... gone. So, it's not that they can't play really well, or aren't physically/mentally capable of doing it. Even during this tough stretch, the Bruins have usually put together 1 good period per game. And, man, when they have it going, they look really good. Inconsistent? Absolutely. Not good enough? I'm not buying it. To me, this is more an issue of confidence and/or too much allegiance to the system than it is lack of talent.
Posted by BruinsGM24[/QUOTE]
Well, I'm glad you brought up the first 9 games of the season. If you look at the early going in the league, two teams at the top of the heap were the Islanders and the Maple Leafs.
That indicates to me that the beginning of the season is a feeling out process in which the talent hasn;'t really established itself yet and even lousy teams can chalk up some early wins. I believe the Bruins--while not "lousy"--were one of the teams benefitting from the "just out of the gate" parity that allowed a lot of not so great to mediocre teams to entice fans w/what could be.
I'm not trying to run down the B's. I desperately want them to win and have been waiting for a Cup --like many of us--since 1972, when I was too young to really "get it."
But I believe in what the late Will McDonogh said about all pro teams: "Shwo me the team w/the best talent and I'll take that team every time". That's not ALWAYS the case, but 90% of the time it is, and I believe the 8th place Bruins we're seeing now are just that--an 8th place team.
We all look so closely at the bruins players we don't take time to really assess the other talent around the league. That Flyers team is loaded with just the right amount of skill, size, toughness, speed, talent and youth/veteran leadership...the Habs are loaded w/speed....the Pens--pure talent that can score on multiple levels...the Caps? Well, I can't really explain that 7-game skid, I guess, but fact is, they racked up so many wins b4 that (based on talent) that it hard;y mattered and you know they'll be there in the post season..
Do you honestly believe these current Bruins can beat any of thsoe teams in a 7 game series if they just "want it" more?
The only time wanting it more maybe makes a diff. is in a game 7 when all else is equal and it's all on the line for both teams, which have shown they're about equal talent wise for having split the first 6 games.
my 2 cents...