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07-10-2011, 06:23 AM
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In the end, I'm not sure how much coaching really has to do with it. Ultimately good players make good coaches and bad players make bad coaches. I know some of the best coaching I have done is with losing teams and some of the worst has been with winning teams.
At the NHL level all the coaches are good. It is just who has the horses.
I think that's my biggest problem, Vancouver was the team with the horses. We were overwhelming favorites against Chicago (in Vegas you had to bet over $2 to win $1) yet we almost lost. Same opening line against Boston, hell, it moved up to bet over $5 to win $1 after game 2, yet we still lost.
We had the horses. David Bolland ate the Sedins for breakfast. Marchand and Bergeron killed us against the Sedins. How did our opposition continually get their matchup? Didn't we win home ice?
Boston beat us down and our players were seemingly told not to respond. That strategy failed badly. Boston's best forward has a history of concussions, a few big runs at him and maybe Marchand backs off the Sedins. Maybe when we're losing by 4 with five minutes left we should send the Sedins and Kesler out to get completely battered and hacked at. We lost the war of attrition without even really trying to fight back. It's not like you need to be tough or a great fighter to throw a cheap shot. And when we lost momentum, there was no turning it around.
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