What do we have to do to contend for the cup next season?
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06-16-2011, 01:14 PM
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Well the Martin not is obvious if you watched any Habs games at all.
Some examples as to Julien;
1. In Mtl Boston was not having any success getting pucks to the net from the point, as the Mtl D-men were blocking everything, so he instructed his poitmen to shoot off the net instead creating rebounds of the fast dasher boards in Mtl and giving the forwards more opportunities.
2. The Boston forecheck was never the same sometimes 2-men, often 3.
3. In Vancouver due not having last change he mixed up his d-lines every so often to keep the Sedin line off-balance.
A coach does not just watch the game he has to get involved.
Funny, because your point #1 is not exactly coaching genius stuff. The Habs did the same with success against Thomas, made him look bad 2-3 times, Lapierre won game 5 with a goal like that.
Every team forechecks differently depending on if the puck is loose or under control.
Matching lines is not rocket science either, JM managed to get Gill and Subban against Lucic and Horton even in Boston. The Habs actually did very well in Boston, it was at home that they lost the series.
The biggest difference between the two these playoffs is that Boston had their horses for almost the entire playoffs while the Habs had key regulars out or at least very banged up(Pacioretty Markov Gorges Wisniewski AK). I'm not a fan of the what if game, but some years it's your destiny to win, Boston scored 3 OT's against us on lucky bounces against a decimated team. Last year we got those bounces and this year Boston did. Julien was very close to getting fired last summer, most GM's would have pulled the plug, this year he has a cup...I dount he went for a terrible coach to a great one.
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