Eastern Conference Finals: Carolina vs Buffalo
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05-15-2006, 02:33 PM
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Also, I like Laviolette. He's better than Murray as a coach (IMO). He made excellent adjustments whenever his team hasn't played up to par. It wasn't so much because of Ward that Carolina turned that Montreal series around, but that it was a completely different (stronger) system.
MTL and NJ complain that they didn't get to test Ward enough. That's no coincidence: Carolina's adjustment to real playoff hockey is the reason.
Remember: Montreal did score 3 goals on Ward in Game Two, and beat him in OT. He wasn't unbeatable, it's just that Carolina's system changed and grew progressively stronger as the playoffs have gone on.
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