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06-22-2009, 07:52 AM
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Once Parise and Elias stopped playing like Crosby and Malkin, and more importantly once we encountered a team that played our game better than we did, we were through. And it had everything to do with our lack of assets capable of playing that game at the high level demanded in the playoffs.
Carolina took their game to another level in the postseason. It was a level to which we were incapable of rising because
we simply don't have the depth of players with potential to rise that high
All we talked about leading up to this season was how much friggin depth we had at forward.
Holik - Zajac - Rolston - Langenbrunner - Clarkson - Zubrus - Gionta - Shanahan. These are the guys that were supposed to chip in with every other goal game in and game out when Elias and Parise had a flat game. Well they didn't. Elias was invisible and Parise fell silent after 2 games and the depth became as good a pictures on the wall at contributing.
Given we sunk all our "depth" into the forward position during the offseason and had a forecheck system from Sutter that would dictate puck control and thus lead to scoring chances. Once the people above went flat, Sutter had no choice but to play a more defensive style to hope and create turnovers on mistakes made from better positioning.
Given the "A Game" plan wasn't working and we were losing, he resorted to "Old Plan B" which in the end didn't work either but everyone wants to blame the game 7 loss on line matching - not the lack of production from the stars and the supporting cast of depth at forward...
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