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01-09-2013, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Selanne138 View Post
It seemed like everytime Hiller let one of those goals in, they got that "here we go again" mentality and just fell apart. They got so thrown form that one goal that they played with no confidence in Hiller and none in themselves and it killed us for the entire first half of the season. BB definitely deserves some credit, over the last 48 games of last season, wed have been a playoff team, but I think that Hiller was the biggest turning point as well.
Exactly. The frustration was palatable.

To be fair, it probably sounds like I'm not giving BB enough credit. I really liked what he did defensively. The team played better defensively(as a team) than they had, probably since 2009. I felt like there was better puck support down low, better coverage in the middle, and an improved breakout as a result of said support. Carlyle's system seemed designed around the capabilities of Niedermayer, and even Pronger as well. I didn't think he adapted as well to the lesser talent he ended up with(though the pairing of Lydman-Visnovsky was really something for that one season). I was less pleased with Boudreau offensively, I'll be honest. However, he really seemed to get the players excited again, and that is worth something. The depth players, especially, seemed to step up. That the big guns didn't do the same, and the way Boudreau tried to play certain players, makes me a little nervous. It's one thing to let players do their own thing(which was the case in Washington at first) but it's quite enough to get the best out of your players with whatever system you put into place.

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