I just watched Coopers press conference. He was claiming that the game depended on a lucky bounce we got on the Datsyuk goal and they on the other side didn't get, calling it a "game of inches". If thats the message he is sending into the Bolts locker room good for us, because they will loose the series then. While we certainly had our fair share of luck yesterday, but we also outplayed and outworked them. It sounds like he is a little too sure of his team, let's hope they have to pay for it.
Ironically he said similar things last year against Montreal.
Sorry to sy it, but Z is done. Fini. As for Mr. holland. Look at what Stevie has done in 5 short years. His team is big and fast. Your team is small and slow. They have very little skill in comparison. His team is focused with lots of skill. Very well coached I might add. They play with intelligence. Your team, Mr.Holland, is just the opposite.
Mr Holland hasn't had a top 14 pick in 24 years. Tampa has had plenty. Stop comparing the two situations as they are complete opposites.
Remember all those times in 2003 and 2006 playoffs when we badly out-shot the opposition and lost games? We are on the opposite side this time.
I remember when the caps and pens also out-shot Montreal by double every game in 2010 and Halak stole two series in a row. To say we don't have a chance because of the way we played is outright false. Not to mention Tampa the entire 3rd period was on PP's.
He's not scratched because he's playing bad, Boudreau?? Or whatever his name is just likes all of his pairs better, tbh they never really needed James, I guess he's good depth if they get an injury lol
Exactly. I mean they scratch Fowler as well to play Wiz, they are just that deep.
How do we know when he's not given the chance? When he played with Kronwall he has looked pretty decent, albeit small sample size but to say there is no upside is not true. He's not a defensive minded guy, he's more offense driven. As I said earlier, we are not playing him to his strengths, he should have absolutely been given a chance on the PP this year.
I am impartial to Smith and don't really care if he's on the team next year or not. However, I don't think he's been given the proper chance to succeed, Babcock is giving him the Weiss treatment and not playing him to his strengths. No point in pointing out his offensive stats when he doesn't get any PP time.