Because the teams sure had no part in it, amirite?!
Honestly most of the time those games were like a shooting gallery.
The wings had ALOT of skill, we had a line of prime Z, Datsyuk and Hossa.
They got effin lucky, or it was alot of really good coaching and over achieving.
Running the same system doesn't really mean all that much. As I've noted above. Almost all football coaches run the same offensive and defense systems. But it would be wrong to assume that there's not much difference in coaching because of that.
Same with hockey. Almost all teams have the same penalty kill (and now powerplay) systems. But it would be wrong to think that the only difference between the PK or PP is the quality of the players on the ice. That's one variable. But far from the only one. If that really was the case, special teams rates wouldn't vary much under new assistant coaches (like they did for Detroit this season). Since everybody already knows the systems, what more could they learn from a new coach?
Was I not supposed to talk about hockey on the hockey forum?
Its more about deployment.
Instead of going 1-3-1 while protecting the lead, hell send two forecheckers to try to get the puck.
The systems are basically the same anywhere you go, because they teach all the options.
But he had his guys playing in different roles because he didn't have to worry about the wear and tear of his aging best players.