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06-22-2009, 09:47 AM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Something has been bothering me since this move to Calgary was basically announced and that is the sudden switch in philosophy. It was almost as if he was coaching to get fired.
I disagree Ghost. The "depth" players did show up in the series and got big goals. Gionta had a fantastic series, Clarkson picked up a couple of key goals, and so did Shanny. Line matching did cost the Devils the series. It cost them in OT in Game 2 and it cost them a chance at OT in Game 4. Sutter let Maurice and the Canes control the games. He basically punted while on Carolina's 30 yard line.
Like Guy said the Devils dominated that series through the first 4 periods. If you remember that first period of Game 2 they had a chance to basically put the series away but the PP failed. Then they gave up a PP goal at the end and panicked. Carolina keyed in on Parise and there was no creativity to get him away from the match-up. I said it them but why not throw him on with Madden and Shanny and couple shifts a game. That gives that line a more offensive bite, gives Zach a better defensive match-up, and gives your best player the few extra minutes that can mean the difference between a win and loss.
The Devils lost because of coaching. They should have won that series in 5 games. The players played their ***** off but that chronic bad coaching decision in ceding control to the opponent and playing passive ends up catching up to you. It did the last 80 seconds of Game 7.
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