Well this has been a tremendously satisfying series. Try as they might, the Sens just can't seem to get past the unavoidable fact that eventually they were going to have to play actual hockey games against Montreal. And in an actual hockey game, with real players, in the real playoffs...Ottawa was just completely, absolutely, 100%, outclassed.
Maybe next time they should make some adjustments after the first loss? Switch up the game plan? Identify weaknesses and mismatches?
Well, that or spend all our time threatening injuries to the other team and deftly using Chris Neil (Lol.) as a decoy.
Here's a crazy though. Instead of trying to shut down/shot suppress the best offense in the league, a team that couldn't be shut down all year, how about taking the puck out of their hands and making their (questionable) defense win or lose this series for them?
We're not going to win this series by trying to shut down their offense. Because our defense isn't as good as their offense is.
BUT, maybe our offense is better than their defense is. I mean, it's not like they're defensive stalwarts.
Or we can just keep doing the same thing over and over.
This game is not an improvement over last game. That's just more Babcock doublespeak. If you "played better" and got murdered 5-1 then you really didn't play better at all. We got dominated just as bad this game as we did last game. Sure the shots are closer, but if you ever believed that we were in this game you're nuts.
If we lost then next game 10-2, but the shots on goal are the same for both teams, is that an improvement? Of course not.
Danny Dekeyser is freaking awesome. Do people pay attention to all the plays he busts up with his positioning and his stick work? He is going to be a very, very, good defender as he hits his prime. He'll probably not score a million points, but he'll be excellent defensively while giving you 35-40 pts.
He's like a young Jay Bouwmeester, who's not worth his contract, but good nevertheless.
People can blame Babcock all they want but a new coach doesnt change the fact that the guys wearing the sweater just arent good enough.
And you can make excuses for his system all you want, but if you get the same exact result for five or six years (despite your roster) suggests maybe you need a new approach.
Seemed to work well for Washington and Nashville so far. Why is it so hard to believe that maybe there's a coach out there who's system is more suited for the roster we already have?
The other option is to fire the GM, team President, scouts, trainers, prospect developers...and replace them with a more Babcockian alternative. Which is brilliant if it weren't for the fact that Ken Holland's organizational philosophy is DRAMATICALLY more effective than Mike Babcock's.
For the millionth time. Babcock is a good coach. But he's not the right coach for this team. Get someone else, or get the same results.
How many times do you have to dump the puck into the offensive zone, and then lose the puck battle on the boards, before you try something different?
This is the most one dimensional team in the league. We are not Winnipeg, Columbus, or St. Louis. Chip and chase hockey isn't going to work with this roster. As long as Babcock continues to do the same thing, with the same results, we'll never win a god damn thing.
Remember that time that I said it would be a bad idea to make this series all about Subban? I vaguely recall saying that's the exact type of scenario he thrives on. And then everybody said "I hope he gets beaten to a pulp", "kill him", "punch him to death in a fire", blah, blah, blah.
And then Ottawa made the series all about Subban. And then he was awesome the next game.
Soooo, did anybody want to just let sleeping dogs lie, or do you folks want to double down on the "punch Subban" nonsense? As I said before, you might want to minimize his effect on the game. Not give him a reason to play harder. He is, after all, one of the very best players in the entire world you know?
Fun fact: Detroit ended the season 25th in the league in even strength goals. We were better than Edomonton, Carolina, New Jersey, Buffalo, and Arizona. We were just worse than Boston, San Jose, Toronto, and Philadelphia.