#78 | Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders | Mar 31 | L 3-6
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03-31-2012, 03:59 PM
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Very simply put, the Islanders do not play a hard, passionate game. They did not look like a team clinging to their playoff lives. They're a really good men's league team. They don't pursue anything aggressively, and in the playoffs, everything is pursued aggressively.
I believe that this team does need a coach who's hell bent on accountability. Not that I agree with shot blocking, but John Tortarella has a very simple rule, "if you don't block shots, you don't play." - I'd like a coach who has a more cerebral rule, "if you don't skate hard, you don't play." - Can we at least start there? I get so sick of Mark Streit and Franz Nielsen with their soft play and slap passing. It's so annoying. We need a guy like Mike Peca who would skate through a wall.
The truth is that the culture is keeping us such a long way off. We do have some players who can do some more damage than what they've done, but no one's pushed those buttons yet. Garth Snow is going to have to do all that he can to find such a coach. A coach who will bench one of the sweethearts, if need be, and shake up the lines when need be.
I'm rooting for the Stars, Predators, and Coyotes this playoff. Why? Because I can't root for the Islanders. Chaz and Garth have made that impossible again.
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