Sens Beat Leafs 3-2 (or 4-1 if refs wern't biased). Continue your gloating here.
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11-03-2010, 01:09 PM
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Of course the players bare some blame but anyone who thinks its not a coaching problem isn't paying attention. This has happened on numerous occasions (including game 6) where the team changes their system to sit on a lead. They pull back their one man forechecker and don't start to pressure the puck until its in the neutral zone, giving the opposition all the time needed to break out. Its a very badly executed version of the trap.
How is it that 20 players seem to be doing the same thing? You really want to tell me its not a change in strategy and that its just that every single player has decided to sit back and not forecheck? That's bullocks. Clouston needs to learn his bloody lesson and keep the pressure on.
Sitting back may work if the defencemen are big and physical, because as a result of being passive the puck spends more time in your defensive zone. Murray stated on several occasions, with his signing of Gonchar and having Karlsson and Campoli, he hoped the puck would be in the other team's end more of the time, offsetting the lack of a big physical defenseman.
So for a coach not to play to the team's strengths is somewhat puzzling, if not self defeating.
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